What is the Cambridge CELTA?

Next CELTA course for the Sydney City location 19th of November. Apply Now!.

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 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) 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

Why do your CELTA at International House Sydney?

  • Successful employment on completion
  • The highest number of CELTA courses in Sydney with a variety of delivery modes
  • Experienced and dedicated CELTA trainers
  • Consistent CELTA results
  • Opportunity to further your studies

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Study Mode

4 weeks Full Time

Mon- Fri 8:45am – 4:45pm. View sample timetable here

10 weeks Part Time

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

12 weeks Blended CELTA Online

View sample timetable here

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.

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 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  Start Dates

Classes are held Monday to Friday from 8:45am to 4:45pm.


Sydney City

 2018 Start Dates

19 Nov – 14 Dec

2019 Start Dates

7 Jan-1 Feb

4 Feb-1 Mar

4 Mar- 29 Mar

1 Apr-3 May

6 May-31 May

3 Jun-28 Jun

1 Jul- 26 Jul

29 Jul -23 Aug

26 Aug-20 Sep

23 Sep- 18 Oct

21 Oct- 15 Nov

18 Nov- 13 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.

Sydney City

2019 Start Dates

5 Jan-14 Mar

16 Mar-23 May

25 May- 1 Aug

3 Aug- 10 Oct

12 Oct- 19 Dec

 Plus eight Saturdays per start date 9am -4pm



 Blended (CELTA Online)

2019 Start Dates
  • 11th Feb – 3rd May (Face-to-face weeks: 5th April ( induction day) & 2 weeks beginning 8th April)
  •  17th Jun – 6th Sep (Face-to-face weeks: 9th August ( induction day) & 2 weeks beginning 12th August)
  • 23rd Sep – 13th Dec (Face-to-face weeks: 15th November (induction day) & 2 weeks beginning 18th November)

Face-to-face classes will be delivered in the Bondi Junction school. Floor 1, 237 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction, NSW 2022 Australia.

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



Dates for Free Information Nights

 Information Sessions
 2018 Information Session Nights

24th Jan, 21st Feb, 21st Mar, 23rd Apr, 23rd May, 20th Jun, 18th Jul, 15th Aug, 12th Sep, 10th Oct, 7th Nov, 5th Dec

2019 Information Session Nights

23rd Jan, 20th Feb, 20th Mar, 17th Apr, 22nd May, 19th Jun, 17th Jul,

14th Aug, 11th Sep, 9th Oct, 6th Nov, 4th 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.

Exciting Announcement!

IH Melbourne

is opening 1 October, 2018

School features

  • Amazing location in the heart of Melbourne
  • 10x spacious classrooms
  • Large student common area with 2x kitchens
  • Latest technology and equipment
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