The CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) course is intended for those with no previous experience who wish to enter the TEFL profession and for teachers with some experience but no previous training in the field.

2022: Early bird discount of £100 available where course fees are paid in full immediately upon acceptance on the course. Available on applications received 4 weeks before the course start date at the latest. 

Our part-time CELTA course runs on Saturdays; 08:00– 18.30 for 12 weeks, costing £1530 (incl. Cambridge registration fee). Fees can be paid in cash, by credit/debit card, cheque or bank transfer.

The CELTA course covers the following syllabus:

  • Language analysis and awareness
  • The learner, the teacher and the teaching/learning context
  • Planning for effective teaching
  • Classroom management skills
  • Teaching procedures and techniques
  • Resources and materials
  • Professional development
  • Classroom observation
  • Teaching practice

Part-time CELTA course dates 2022

21 February – 29 April 

03 May – 08 July

10 September – 26 November

Important information

TUITION: 120 + hours per course including 6 + hours observed teaching practice
TIMETABLE: 08.00 – 18.30 (SATURDAYS)
DURATION: 12 weeks
AGE: 18 years +
MAXIMUM STUDENTS PER CLASS: 12/18 trainees per course and a maximum of 6 trainees per CELTA tutor

For anyone intending to enter the TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) profession, the CELTA is the ideal qualification to have. It is the most widely respected and recognised teacher training qualification globally, and most reputable language schools worldwide make it (or an equivalent) a requirement for anyone they employ. Check out the Prezi here!

CELTA is the most well-known TEFL qualification in the world, and is administered as part of the University of Cambridge.  This makes it the perfect certification for anyone who wishes to teach English abroad. In fact, having a CELTA certificate is one of the best ways to boost your chances of finding a teaching job abroad, for both long and short term contracts. Whether you want to settle down in a new country, or earn money by teaching English while travelling, CELTA is by far your best option. 

Another advantage of doing your CELTA with us is that we can interview you for available positions anywhere within the IH network.

What does the CELTA Course Cost?

Fee includes the University of Cambridge registration fee. You are not required to buy any books in order to do the course, and IH Belfast has an extensive library available to all CELTA trainees. We do, however, recommend purchasing one book on Teaching English as a Foreign Language – either Learning Teaching by Jim Scrivener or How to Teach English by Jeremy Harmer. One of these will be a very useful reference for the course and throughout your TEFL career.

If you would like to brush up on your language awareness and knowledge of grammar, we recommend Martin Parrott’s book Grammar for English Language Teachers; this is also an excellent reference book which will be of use throughout your teaching career. (We do not require trainees to have an in-depth knowledge of English grammar. Language awareness is acquired over time and over the course of your teaching career.) You can do further research on the Cambridge website regarding the criteria and assessment for the course.

Do I Need Prior Teaching Experience to Study CELTA?

CELTA is a TEFL qualification which is designed to give people little or no teaching experience the skills they need to thrive in the classroom. Of course,  English teaching experience can be beneficial. However, it is by no means necessary. International House’s 4 week CELTA course comprises 120 hours of classroom-based, plus 6 hours of hands on teaching practice.  This is the required standard for most international language schools. Our CELTA course provides you with all of the skills and knowledge you need to go from zero experience to leading a classroom in just 4 weeks.

What Happens After I Complete the Course?

The Cambridge CELTA is the most widely recognised and respected of the TEFL certificates available, with stringent criteria and guidelines set out by Cambridge ESOL (a department of Cambridge University). More detailed information on the course can also be found on the Cambridge ESOL website: For an idea of what jobs are available globally in the EFL industry and what is required for employment, look at the job listings at

Where Can I Teach with CELTA?

Internationally, CELTA is the most widely known qualification for teaching English. Students who complete the course will be qualified for TEFL jobs all around the world. It has never been a better time to become a qualified TEFL instructor, as demand for English teachers has never been higher. Over 1 billion students are currently teaching English, with demand for teachers being particularly high in Asia, Africa an Latin America. CELTA certified teachers can expect to find work in private or public schools all across the world.

CELTA is also the perfect qualification for those who want to teach English part time while travelling.

2022 part-time CELTA course fee:  £1530 (includes Cambridge fee)

Early bird discount of £100 available where course fees are paid in full immediately upon acceptance on the course. Available on applications received 4 weeks before the course start date at the latest. 

  Public Holidays 2022
  March 17

April 15

April 18

May 2

June 3

June 6

July 12

August 29

The school will close on December 16 2022 and will reopen on January 3 2023.

Please note: Classes missed due to public holidays are non-recoupable.
Public holidays during a CELTA course are used as trainee study days.