What's it all about?

Although English is the third most common first language (behind Mandarin and Spanish) it’s increasingly seen as the world’s lingua franca with up to a billion people speaking it. It’s this growing demand that has led to a need for quality English teachers abroad, and a Trinity CertTESOL or Cambridge CELTA can help you be one of them.

What does the course consist of?

There are two courses to choose from – CertTESOL from Trinity College, London, or CELTA from Cambridge University – but they can be taken in over 80 institutions across the UK. Both can be studied on a full-time basis over the course of 4–5 weeks, or part-time over a year, and will teach you the principles of effective teaching with a range of practical skills and hands-on experience.

Both qualifications are equally well respected and act as a benchmark for teaching institutions around the world. Whichever one you choose, you’ll be in good hands.

Find out more about Trinity CertTESOL.

Find out more about Cambridge CELTA.

What does it cost?

As is so often the case with such a simple question, there’s no simple answer. It really just depends on what and where you choose to study, but they generally cost between £850 and £1,200. You can find a full list of UK courses and via Cactus.

What they say

“I took my CELTA intensive one-month course this July, which was truly fantastic, if not a little exhausting. The CELTA tutors really inspired me in my teaching and although the course was very demanding, I learnt so much in a short space of time. I’d really recommend a CELTA course to anyone who is considering teaching in any form, shape or size. Even though it may only be the beginning of a teaching career, it will provide you with a foundation of teaching methods that could enable you to teach anything and anywhere. It is incredibly worthwhile and the skills that you learn will transfer to many a job.”

– Isabel Roffe-Silvester, Bath University 

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