The Certificate in English Language Teaching to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) is an initial qualification for applicants with little or no experience of teaching English to speakers of other languages.

The CELTA is awarded by Cambridge Assessment English, part of the University of Cambridge, and is accepted throughout the world by organisations which employ English Language teachers. The CELTA is accredited by Ofqual (the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) at Level 5 on the National Qualifications Framework for England. Cambridge Assessment English also works with international ELT organisations to ensure the acceptance of CELTA globally.

The full-time course consists of a minimum of 120 contact hours. It includes theoretical input, tutorial support and consultation, supervised lesson planning, 6 hours assessed teaching practice, peer observation of teaching practice and observation of experienced teachers in the classroom.

York St John University offers a full-time CELTA course run over 4 weeks (Mon – Fri). All our courses are open to external and internal applicants.

We are bringing the CELTA course to you.

CELTA can now be taken as a 100% online course, combining online self-study with hands-on teaching practice via Zoom.

Input sessions, which cover both practical approaches and theoretical knowledge, are delivered online with additional tutor support. You can then put what you have learnt into practice in online teaching practice sessions.

The course follows the same syllabus and leads to the same internationally recognised certificate as face-to-face CELTA courses.

You will have the support of experienced and dedicated trainers, extra tutorials to help you with technology, and the York St John University library online. All our courses are open to external and internal applicants.

Teaching online is the future of teaching, so learn how to do it with us.



The course will:

  • Teach you the principles of effective teaching
  • Provide a range of practical skills for teaching English to adult learners
  • Give you hands-on teaching practice

There are five main units of learning:

  1. Learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context
  2. Language analysis and awareness
  3. Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
  4. Planning and resources for different contexts
  5. Developing teaching skills and professionalism

The full time course involves at least 120 contact hours in addition to pre-course preparation, reading, research, assignment writing, lesson preparation and record keeping.

Assessment is continuous throughout the course. An external assessor, appointed by Cambridge Assessment English, moderates each course.

There are two components of assessment:

  1. Teaching practice.
  2. Written assignments.

You will teach for a total of 6 hours, working with classes at two levels of ability. Assessment is based on your overall performance at the end of the 6 hours. The classes will be made up of volunteer international students.

You will complete four written assignments each focusing on the following areas:

  1. Focus on the Learner
  2. Language related tasks
  3. Language skills related tasks
  4. Lessons from the classroom

As well as the teaching practice and written assignments, students will also be assessed on participation, punctuality and reliability, ability to respond and participate in feedback and self and peer observation.

To be awarded the certificate you must pass both the teaching practice and written assignment components. There are three grades — Pass, Pass 'B' and Pass 'A'.

Further information is available on the Cambridge English website.

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Assessment consists of 6 hours of assessed teaching practice and four written assignments.

Mode of study: Full-time or Part-Time

Course Duration

Full-Time: 4 weeks

Part-Time: 12 February to 2 May 2019 (including a 2 week break)

2020 Dates

Online only courses 

  • August 24th – November 20th 2020 (this course is now full). 

2021 Dates

4-week intensive face-to-face course* 

  • Monday 11 January to Friday 5 February 
  • Monday 10 May to Friday 4 June 
  • Monday 7 June to Friday 2 July 
  • Monday 12 July to Friday 6 August 
  • Monday 27 September to Friday 22 October

Blended learning course* 

  • Monday 8 February to Thursday 29 April 

*2021 dates are subject to change if social distancing measures are reintroduced. If this happens the courses will be moved online. 

The numbers on each course are limited and only confirmed after payment of the deposit.

Courses run subject to a minimum number of students. Please let us know if you wish to join a waiting list for a full course.

Full time courses run for 4 weeks, and attendance is required Monday to Friday from 10.30am to approx. 6.30pm.



If you are currently studying for a degree in Linguistics and TESOL, English Language and Linguistics, TESOL and French, TESOL and German, TESOL and Spanish or TESOL and Japanese at York St John University, you may be eligible to study CELTA as part of your course, at no extra cost. You must complete the course before Graduation. Please contact your Subject Director for more details.

How to Apply

If you would like to apply for a CELTA course, please download and complete the following documents and return both via email to celta@yorksj.ac.uk. We will also need a copy of an official photo ID (passport, driving licence, etc.).


CELTA Pre-Interview Task 2019

CELTA Application form 2020 (DOC 0.1 MB)

What happens after we receive these documents?

  • If the application and pre-interview task are satisfactory, we will invite you for an interview. An interview will typically last for 45 minutes and will include a piece of 'live' writing. You may be interviewed in pairs/groups. If you cannot attend an interview on site due to your geographical location, we will offer you a Skype or telephone interview;
  • We will notify you of the outcome of your interview. If your application is successful, we will send you an official acceptance letter offering you a place on the course, which will include details on how to secure your place by paying a deposit.

Before sending your application in, please note:

  • Applications are dealt with on a first-come-first-served basis. There are limited places per course and early application is advised to avoid disappointment;
  • If you require a visa to study in the UK, or there are any immigration restrictions on how long you can stay in the UK, please contact us to discuss your case before you apply;
  • Current SoLL students can only apply after the information meeting in November
  • We are able to organise accommodation for you, please check our CELTA application form for more details.

Payment of Fees

The cost of the course is £1300, inclusive of the Cambridge fee. There are discounts and sponsorships available.

Students accepted onto the course are requested to pay a £250 deposit to secure your place within 2 weeks of receiving the offer. The remainder of the fees should be paid two weeks before the start of the course. The precise amount of money you need to pay at this stage will be detailed in your acceptance letter.

Please note that your place is not secure until you pay your deposit.

Discounts and Sponsorships

  • A 10% discount in tuition fees is available to YSJ staff, current undergraduate and post graduate students and alumni;
  • Students who intend to take the ELT Research Project module in the third year of their BA English Language and Linguistics, BA TESOL and Languages, and BA Linguistics and TESOL programmes are eligible to apply to have their fees paid by the School of Languages and Linguistics;
  • Our CELTA programme is also eligible for Career Development Loans, if you wish to apply please contact your bank for more details.

Payment options

Students are able to choose any of the following forms of payment:

Online Payment System

If you wish to pay via our Online Payment System please follow the instructions on our Online Payment page (please note you will need the first nine digits of your Student ID number which can be found in your acceptance letter).

International Bank Transfer

If you wish to pay by bank transfer, then please follow the instructions on our International Bank Transfer page.

Banker's Draft

If you wish to pay by banker’s draft, this can be made out to York St John University and sent or taken to:

Julie Hamer
Finance Office
York St John University
Lord Mayor’s Walk
York YO31 7EX

Direct Transfer from your bank account

You can transfer your payment directly to the University bank account. If you choose this option, please make sure you include the first nine digits of your Student ID number (detailed in your acceptance letter) in the payment reference so we can identify your payment.

Barclays Bank PLC
York Branch
PO Box 24
York St John University

Sort Code: 20-99-15
Account no: 70936324
Name: York St John University
I Ban: GB 75 BARC 2099/1570/9363/24
Swift Number: BARC GB 22

Sponsored students

The University will invoice your sponsor directly if you meet the following criteria:

  • Your fees are paid by your home government or any internal organisation, company or University (parents and guardians are not classed as sponsors);


  • You have indicated details of your sponsor in your application form;
  • You have presented proof of sponsorship in the form of an official letter from your sponsor.


Terms and Conditions

We are unable to provide refunds on tuition for early departure, or if you are absent from your course.

More Information

For further information about Cambridge ESOL, please follow this link to their website - Cambridge CELTA


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