What is the Cambridge CELTA?

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The  CELTA certificate, the number one TEFL qualification in the world, opens doors to an exciting and varied career in the global EFL industry.

  • Upon successful completion of the course, graduates receive the prestigious CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) certificate issued by the University of Cambridge
  • The course covers classroom techniques, awareness and analysis of language, how to teach skills, planning and resourcing, and further develops teaching techniques and professionalism
  • With the education sector being one of Australia and the world’s highest export industries and demand for English fluency at an all time high, the need for CELTA qualified teachers is higher than ever
  • As a member of the International House World Organisation, we introduce our graduates to many teaching opportunities within our 155 schools in 55 countries, including Australia
  • Successful graduates of the Cambridge CELTA course may choose to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) towards the Certificate IV in TESOL

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Study Mode

4 weeks Full Time

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10 weeks Part Time

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12 weeks Blended CELTA Online

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Key Features

Key Features

  • Internationally recognised qualification
  • High job prospects as IH Sydney has its internal recruitment system
  • 4 weeks full time or 10 weeks part time
  • 2 weeks optional graduate  internship
  • Taught by highly skilled and experienced trainers
  • No previous teaching experience required
  • Develops job ready skills
  • International job prospects

Who is CELTA designed for?

  • Native or near native English speakers
  • People who want to turn their interest and enthusiasm for language, travel and other cultures into a career or unique experience
  • People starting a career in English language teaching
  • Experienced teachers who want to further develop their communicative teaching skills
  • People looking for a formal teaching qualification
  • Career changers or people looking for a career break

Learning Outcomes

  • The ability to plan a lesson and select or adapt materials accordingly
  • The ability to deliver effective lessons covering language and skills at a range of levels
  • The ability to manage and motivate a class of adult learners
  • The ability to adapt teaching techniques to the learning context

More information about Cambridge CELTA

Course Content:

120 contact hours, which include:

Input sessions:

These explore teaching methodologies  such as: how to teach speaking, writing, reading, grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary and function; how to analyse language; how to teach adults in a variety of contexts; lesson planning; how to adapt and create classroom materials; factors affecting motivation, cultural backgrounds and learning styles.

Teaching practice:
  • Six hours of assessed teaching practice with real students in real classes
  • Detailed oral and written feedback of your teaching practice
  • Time to ask your tutor questions about your teaching practice lessons
  • Six hours observing lessons taught by experienced teachers
  • A minimum of 120 hours self-study at home including required course reading, lesson preparation and course assignments
How we Teach:

English language teaching at International House Sydney is based on Communicative Language Teaching methodology. The central principles that surround this approach to language teaching are based on students being very active and engaged in the classroom. Lessons are ‘student-centred’, allowing students to participate fully and discover English with their teacher facilitating this process. For learning to be successful, students must be motivated, and by encouraging and engaging our students, we achieve very positive learning outcomes.


Successful graduates of the Cambridge CELTA course may choose to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) towards the Certificate IV in TESOL. If you are interested in applying for RPL for the Certificate IV in TESOL contact us to discuss the requirements further.

Entry requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be 18 years old or over
  • Have a standard of education required for entry into higher education
  • Have an awareness of language, and a competence in both written and spoken English

( NB: Non-native speakers with an overall IELTS 7.5, TOEFL iBT 110)

A pre-course interview will assess your potential to develop the skills required to pass the course


You are assessed throughout the course on your:

  • 6 hours of teaching practice (includes lesson planning, classroom teaching and self-evaluation)
  • 4 written assignments (between 750- and 1000 words each), and overall professionalism

There is no final examination


Full Time 2017 Start Dates

Classes are held Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 5.30 pm.


Sydney City Bondi

9th Jan – 3rd Feb

6th Feb – 3rd Mar

6th Mar – 31st Mar

3rd Apr – 5th May*

8th May – 2nd Jun

5th Jun – 30th Jun

3rd Jul – 28th Jul

31st Jul – 25th Aug

28th Aug – 22nd Sep

25th Sep – 20th Oct

23rd Oct – 17th Nov

20th Nov – 15th Dec


3rd Apr – 5th May*

(*20 days spread over 5 weeks. 3 public holidays)

22 May – 16 Jun (12th Jun holiday)

17 Jul – 11 Aug (7th August holiday)

11 Sep – 6 Oct (2nd Oct holiday)

6 Nov – 1 Dec


Part Time 2017 Start Dates

Classes are held on Tuesday & Thursday evening from 5:40pm – 9.30pm.

Plus eight Saturdays per start date 9am -4pm.

Sydney City Bondi
18 Mar – 25 May (18, 25/ 1, 8, 22, 29/ 6, 13)
27 May – 3 Aug (27/ 3, 17, 24/ 1, 8, 15, 22)
5 Aug – 12 Oct (5, 12, 19, 26/ 2, 9, 16, 23)
14 Oct – 21 Dec (14, 21, 28/ 4, 11, 18, 25/ 2)*
Wed 25th Jan instead of Thu 26th Jan


1 Jul – 7 Sep (Jul 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Aug 12, 19, 26)

9 Sep – 16 Nov (Sep 9, 16, 23, Oct 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov 4)


 Blended (CELTA Online)

19th June – 8th Sep (Face-to-face dates: 10th & 2 weeks beginning 14th August)
25th Sep – 15th Dec (Face-to-face weeks: 17th & 2 weeks beginning 20th November)


Dates for Free Information Nights

25 Jan, 22 Feb, 22 Mar, 26 Apr, 24 May, 21 Jun, 19 Jul, 16 Aug, 13 Sept, 11 Oct, 8 Nov, 6 Dec 

*CELTA Course Fees:

Course fee: Cambridge assessment fee  Total
$3,295 $250 $3,545

*CELTA deposits are non refundable

CELTA and Certificate IV in TESOL Course Fees:

CELTA Course Certificate IV in TESOL  Total
$3,545 $500 $4,045

IH Sydney Cambridge CELTA students can gain two professional development programmes for the price of one.

* 2x Professional development online programmes (Teaching 1 to 1 and Teaching Younger Learners)

Packaged price:

CELTA course fee Assessment fee *2 x Professional development programmes  Total
$3,295 $250 $180 $3,725

How to Apply:


  • Complete section 1 of the application form with your personal details
  • Complete section 2 of the application form with course details
  • Complete  section 3 of the application form by writing at least 100 words for each of the 3 questions and complete the Language Awareness Task

Send your application to IH Sydney by post or email also including:

  • A copy of your current resume
  • Evidence of your highest qualification
  • Photo identification such as (licence or passport)

If you don’t have copies, please bring original documents with you at the interview.


Once we have received and assessed your application, we will contact you to arrange an interview. These are generally face to face and in a group format. For applicants living outside Sydney area, the interview can be conducted on the telephone or Skype.


The interview involves a discussion of the pre- interview task, ideas about teaching and learning, details about the course structure and requirements, and an opportunity for candidates to ask further questions. The total time for the interview is approximately 2 hours.


Enrolment is subject to successful completion of the interview.