Course & Dates

COVID-19 update: Cambridge Assessment have confirmed that CELTA courses can take place 100% online during the current coronavirus outbreak. The certificate you receive will be the same as the one you receive for a face-to-face course, ensuring you are qualified to teach around the world. We are happy to confirm that our future courses will run and if we are not in a position to deliver a course face-to-face, we will run it online.


Whether you are a recent graduate wanting to start your career, looking to teach English abroad in a gap year or during a career break, or somebody wanting a complete career change, this course will give you the tools you need. Our small group sizes and close attention to the needs of the trainees will ensure that you receive the personal attention and support needed to meet the challenges of the course.

Course structure and fees


Full-time classes:
Monday - Friday 09:30 - 17:30

Total price: £1295
(includes all fees)

Early bird special: £1195!

Early bird price available if you pay in full 21 days before the course starts.

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Course Dates

  • 07 SEP – 02 OCT 2020
  • 05 OCT – 30 OCT 2020
  • 02 NOV – 27 NOV 2020
  • 30 NOV – 24 DEC 2020


4 weeks duration (a minimum of 120 hours)

In-school classes:
Monday - Friday 09:30 am – 17:30 pm (one hour lunch break)

Total price: £1295
(includes all fees)

Early bird special: £1195!

Early bird price available if you pay in full 21 days before the course starts.

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Course Dates​​​​

  • 02 Nov 2020 – 27 Nov 2020


10-12 weeks duration (a minimum of 120 hours)

Our CELTA part time programme is a good fit for trainees looking for online or face-to-face evening and weekend classes. Please see below for full details of the course timings.

Total price: £1295
(includes all fees)

Early bird special: £1195!

Early bird price available if you pay in full 21 days before the course starts.

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  • 15 Oct 2020 - 14 Jan 2021* (online teaching practice on Thursday evenings 18:00 – 22:00 + online learning units in your own time)
  • 18 Nov 2020 - 17 Feb 2021* (online teaching practice on Wednesday evenings 18:00 – 22:00 + online learning units in your own time)
  • *Includes 12 weeks tuition - school closed between 24th and 31st December 2020


  • 03 Oct – 12 Dec 2020 (classroom teaching practice on Mon and Wed evenings 18:30 – 21:30; input on alternate sat 10:00 – 17:00)

Course overview

Course objectives

The CELTA is a world recognised qualification designed for those with little or no previous teaching experience who want to teach English as a second or other language. The course aims to equip trainees with all the fundamental skills needed to go straight into the classroom either in the UK or overseas.

This highly regarded qualification is recognised all over the world, by the British Council and all other major industry bodies, and is equivalent to level 5 on the National Qualifications Framework.

After two years of teaching experience you can study for the DELTA (Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults). This is a level 7 qualification (master’s level) and fully qualifies you as an English Language Teacher. Other further study options include a Master’s in Applied Linguistics or similar, or a PGCE.

Entry requirements
  • English at C2/C1
  • Minimum age 18
  • A standard of education that is required for entry into higher education
  • The potential to become an effective English Language Teacher
  • The ability to complete assignments and assessments
  • The ability to research and understand grammar
  • Adequate competence in written and spoken English
Course content
  • The course is a mixture of practice & theory
  • 120 contact hours
  • 6 hours of assessed teaching practice for each trainee
  • 6 hours of observation of experienced teachers
  • A minimum of 80 additional learning hours for reading, research, assignment writing and lesson preparation
  • Course content and assessment is the same, whether the course is taken online or face-to-face

The course comprises the following areas:

Input sessions You will attend input sessions on methodology and practice given by our tutors to the whole group of trainees. These will equip you with theoretical and practical knowledge and ideas to inform and plan your lessons. (Input will be online for the Online CELTA.)

Teaching practice (TP) You will teach for a total of six hours, working with classes at two or three levels of ability. This will involve the planning and delivery of lessons observed by your TP tutor and colleagues, which will be immediately followed by a written self-evaluation, and feedback and comments from you, your tutor and colleagues.

Assignments You will complete four written assignments of 750-1000 words.

Observations You will watch full-hour lessons taught by experienced teachers while you take notes on methodology and practice.


There is no final examination for the CELTA course. Assessment is continuous (it will take place throughout the course) and integrated (any one assessed component can cover a number of syllabus topics and all components contribute to the grade). You will be assessed through two components: Teaching Practice and Written Assignments. You must pass both parts to gain the certificate.

Your assignments will focus on the following:

  • Analysing and responding to learner needs
  • Analysing language for teaching purposes
  • Teaching language skills
  • Reflecting on classroom teaching

Stafford House has a reputation for quality, excellent customer service, and attention to detail. By choosing the Stafford House CELTA, you will be in very safe hands, and we can guarantee your individual needs will be met.

Your journey will start with our open day, where we will put you on the right track to obtaining your certificate. You will get to meet our trainers and support staff and see our wonderful facilities. Our staff will help you decide which course schedule fits your needs best (full-time or part-time) and answer any questions you have pertaining to our course and how it can help you in your career decisions.


  • Student lounge
  • IT lounge
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Library
  • Interactive/whiteboards

At Stafford House, we encourage an eclectic approach to teaching; we encourage our teachers to be familiar with many different methodologies, and to use the most appropriate ones for the contexts they are teaching in, in order to meet the learners’ needs.

Our lessons are communicative, meaning that our students get ample opportunity to use language in a meaningful way in class. Above all, we want our lessons to be effective, enjoyable, engaging and learner centred. We encourage the development of learner autonomy, helping our students acquire the skills they need to learn English.

We are proud to offer a CELTA course, accredited by Cambridge English Language Assessment, part of the University of Cambridge.

Cambridge English Language Assessment has a reputation for quality, history and academic integrity. An Assessor from Cambridge English Language Assessment will visit and assess each CELTA course that we run to ensure that our course delivers the quality and academic rigour expected.

It is this reputation for quality and world-wide renown that makes the CELTA course the best choice for an initial English teaching qualification: not only does it give you excellent and up to date training, but it also gives you a competitive advantage in the job market.

Our workshops

The following list is a sample of the workshops Stafford House provides.

  • Life after CELTA - devoted to finding and landing a job that's right for you
  • CV and cover letter writing
  • Getting through your job interview
  • Teaching using technology
  • Teaching young learners
  • Careers in ELT – the different paths you can take