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.

International House World Organisation

  • A pioneer in teacher training with 60 years of experience
  • A global network over 160 schools in 52 countries
  • IH Alumni consisting of industry experts and teachers around the world

Due to the current situation, we are catering for prospective candidates to study CELTA 100% online. Take advantage and study CELTA with us no matter where you are.

  • Daily contact with tutors and real students in an online environment
  • Online teaching practice opportunities delivered online
  • Trainees who complete the course fully online will be given the opportunity to participate in real-classroom teaching practice free of charge once things return to normal
  • Learn specific skills to teach English online
  • Apply for RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) against the Certificate IV in TESOL for FREE upon completion of the online CELTA course

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 the industry with a variety of delivery modes

    • Full-time courses every 4 weeks
    • Part-time courses every 10 weeks
    • Online (blended) course 3 times a year

Successful employment on completion

    • Visits from Director of Studies of reputable schools
    • IH Sydney ALUMNI Job Board
    • IH World Job Board

Opportunities for immediate job placement

  • IH Sydney, Bondi, Melbourne, Darwin and Laos centres
  • Career Session on resume and interview tips

Experienced and dedicated CELTA trainers

  • Dedicated in-house trainers who are in touch with the current methodologies and key local industry personnel
  • Our senior trainers are active in conferences and seminars around the world, e.g. Cambridge, IH World Organisation, and English Australia
  • All IH Sydney trainers are accredited by Cambridge University and highly experienced
  • An average of 15 years of teaching/training experience
  • Cambridge DELTA, PGCE, MEd (TESOL/ Applied Linguistics)

Supportive environment

  • The small team of professional trainers who have been working together for years will help you perform the best you can during the very intensive weeks of training

Want more information about our CELTA course?

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Study Mode

4 weeks Full Time

Mon- Fri 8:30am – 4:30pm.

Due to the current situation we are currently catering for prospective candidates who wish to study online.

10 weeks Part Time

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

Due to the current situation we are currently catering for prospective candidates who wish to study online.

12 weeks Online (Blended) CELTA

Week 1- 12 TESOL methodology online.

TP (Teaching Practice) component has changed slightly to adapt to the current situation. Instead of completing TP over 2 weeks, the lessons are taught online (via Zoom) over the last 4 weeks of the course. Two lessons a week (over the last 4 weeks of the course)

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 Start Dates

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

*Please note that the online full time start dates  normally 4 weeks will be delivered 5 weeks online.

There are “virtual” face to face commitments as there are daily input sessions with CELTA tutors on the Zoom platform. The course is not self-paced.


2020 Sydney City 2020 Bondi
 6 Jan – 31 Jan
3 Feb– 28 Feb  3 Feb-28 Feb
 2 Mar – 27 Mar  19 Oct- 13 Nov
* 30 Mar – 8 May online
 *4 May -3 Jun online
 *1 Jun – 3 Jul online
 *29 Jun – 31 Jul online
*27 Jul – 28 Aug online
 *24 Aug – 25 Sep online
 *21 Sep – 23 Oct online
 19 Oct – 13 Nov
 16 Nov – 11 Dec


 Part Time Start Dates

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

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

2020 Sydney City 2020 Bondi
4 Jan – 12 Mar
 14 Mar – 21 May  14 Mar-21 May
*23 May – 30 Jul online 10 Oct- 17 Dec
*1 Aug – 8 Oct online
10 Oct – 17 Dec


 Online (Blended) CELTA

2020 Start Dates
24 Feb -15 May
15 Jun – 4 Sep
21 Sep – 11 Dec

TP (Teaching Practice) component has changed slightly to adapt to the current situation. Instead of completing TP over 2 weeks, the lessons are taught online (via Zoom) over the last 4 weeks of the course. Two lessons a week (over the last 4 weeks of the course)

* Applications for the CELTA Online course close 4 weeks prior to each start date.



Dates for Free Information Nights

 2020 Information Sessions
22 Jan, 19 Feb, 18 Mar, 15 Apr, 18 May, 17 Jun, 15 Jul,  12 Aug, 9 Sep, 7 Oct, 5 Nov, 2 Dec






CELTA Course Fees: Sydney City/Bondi/Blended Online

 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

*Certificate IV in  TESOL $500 fee waived for CELTA full -time and part -time online students.

CELTA full -time and part -time online students can study either Introduction to Grammar online or Advanced Grammar online for  free.

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.