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What is the Cambridge CELTA?

CELTA is a qualification for teaching English as a foreign language. It focuses on developing practical skills with face-to-face and online teaching practice. It provides candidates with the techniques and confidence they need to begin teaching English as soon as they finish the course. CELTA is the most widely recognised English teaching qualification in the world and it’s the qualification most often requested by employers. Whether you’re a new teacher looking for their first teaching job, or you want to prove to employers that you have the teaching skills with a recognised certificate, CELTA is the qualification you need

CELTA at International House Sydney has passed the high quality tests to receive the NEAS Endorsed ELT Qualification status

CELTA is Level 5 RQF (UK), which is considered to be equivalent to Level 5 AQF

Why do your CELTA at International House Sydney?

With IH Sydney being an English Language school with students from diverse backgrounds, you will have plenty of hands-on and simulated practice, making you ready for the real classroom.

  • The highest number of CELTA courses in Australia with a variety of delivery modes
  • Teaching Practice with real students
  • Opportunities for immediate job placement
  • Experienced and dedicated CELTA trainers
  • Global teaching opportunities throughout the IH network

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Learn more about the CELTA course.

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Study Mode

Full-time online or on campus

Mon- Fri 8:30am – 4:30pm.

4 weeks on campus.

5 weeks online delivered via Zoom.


Part-time online or on campus

Tues & Thurs 5:40pm – 9:30pm. Plus eight Saturdays per start date. Sat 9am – 4pm.

10 weeks on campus or online. Online delivered via Zoom.


12 weeks online (Blended) CELTA

12 weeks. Online via a Moodle and Zoom. 

Week 1- 12 TESOL methodology  and teaching practice.

TP 5-9.30pm(*), two days per week, Weeks 9,10,11 & 12.

*Subject to change

Key Features

Key Features

  • Internationally recognised qualification
  • High job prospects as IH Sydney has its internal recruitment system
  • 4 weeks full time,10 weeks part time,12 weeks online
  •  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.

We have formal articulation agreements with a number of universities where you can be granted credit/exemptions towards a degree. View the list of universities.

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 CEFR C1+ level  )

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

Classes are held Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

  • 4 weeks on campus at our Sydney City location- Level 1, 203 Clarence St, Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia.
  • 5 weeks online via Zoom.

 Part Time

10 weeks. Classes are held on Tuesday & Thursday evening from 5:40pm – 9:30pm.

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

  • On campus at our Sydney City location- Level 1, 203 Clarence St, Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia.
  • Online via Zoom.

 Online (Blended) CELTA-12 weeks

Week 1-12: You will need to spend 8-10 hours per week, and you must meet submission deadlines for assessments. There are 1-2 assessments per week.

Teaching Practice 5-9.30pm(*), two days per week, Week 9, 10, 11 & 12. Subject to change

 Delivered fully online via Moodle and Zoom.

Start Dates

 2021 Full Time 2021 Part Time 2021 Blended (online)
27 Sep – 29 Oct online 16 Oct – 23 Dec on campus. (Saturdays: Oct 16; Oct 23; Oct 30; Nov 6; Nov 13; Nov 20; Nov 27; Dec 4)
25 Oct – 19 Nov on campus
22 Nov – 17 Dec on campus

2022 Full Time

2022 Part Time

2022 Blended Online

Jan 10 – Feb 4 (on campus – 4 weeks) Jan 8 – March 17 (on campus) Feb 21- May 12 (online)
Feb 7 – March 11 (online – 5 weeks) March 19 – May 26 (online) June 13 – Sep 2 (online)
March 7 – April 1 (on campus – 4 weeks) May 28 – Aug 4 (on campus) Sep 19 – Dec 8 (online)
April 4 – May 6 (online – 5 weeks) Aug 6 – Oct 13 (online)
May 2 – May 27 (on campus- 4 weeks) Oct 15 – Dec 22 (on campus)
May 30 – July 1st (online – 5 weeks)
June 27 – July 22 (on campus – 4 weeks)
July 25 – August 26 (online – 5 weeks)
Aug 22 – Sep 16 (on campus – 4 weeks)
Sep 19 – Oct 21 (online – 5 weeks)
Oct 17 – Nov 11 (on campus – 4 weeks)
Nov 14 – Dec 16 (online – 5 weeks)


Vaccination will be mandatory for all trainers, students, and staff physically on campus when our classes return face to face on campus.

  Free Information Sessions


Jan 20, Feb 17, Mar 17, Apr 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, Aug 18, Sept 15, Oct 20, Nov 17, Dec 15

CELTA Course Fees: All modes of delivery

 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


CELTA Graduate Promotion

For new applications from the 1st of July 2021 to the 31st of December 2021!.

  • Certificate IV in TESOL $500 fee waived for all CELTA students
  • Free Introduction to Grammar online or Advanced Grammar online for CELTA students

CELTA + Professional Development Course:

CELTA course fee Teaching Younger Learners Total
$3,545 $350 Methodology $3,895
$3,545 $550 Methodology+ Teaching Practice $4,095


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


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.