Intensive Celta (4 weeks)

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.

2020/21: Early bird discount of £150 for 100% online course applications received up to 2 weeks before start date*!

Each course runs from Monday – Friday; 09.00 – 18.00 for 4 weeks, costing £1395 (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

CELTA Course dates 2020

13 January – 7 February 06 July – 31 July (100% online)  
10 February – 6 March 03 August – 28 August (100% online)
9 March – 3 April 7 September – 2 October
20 April – 15 May 12 October – 6 November (Face-to-face and 100% options available)
18 May – 12 June  

CELTA Course dates 2021

18 January – 12 February 02 August – 27 August  
12 April – 7 May 06 September – 01 October
07 June – 02 July 11 October – 05 November
05 July – 30 July 15 November – 10 December

Important information

TUITION: 120 + hours per course including 6 + hours observed teaching practice
TIMETABLE: 09.00 – 18.00 Monday to Friday
DURATION: 4 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!

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

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.

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


2020/21 total course fee:  £1395 (inc. VAT)

Price includes:

Cambridge fee: £150

Registration fee: £50

Materials: £50

Public Holidays 2020 Public Holidays 2021
March 17

April 10

April 13

May 8

May 25

July 13

August 31

The school will close on December 18 2020 and will reopen on January 4 2021.

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

March 17

April 2

April 5

May 3

May 31

July 12

August 30

The school will close on December 17 2021and will reopen on January 4 2022.

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

*Use the code IHBCELTAONLINE20 for a £150 discount on your application!