West Thames College London

Teaching English Language to Adults (CELTA)

Our next Online CELTA course begins on Tuesday 18 April.

Our next Intensive CELTA course begins on Monday 3 July.

97% success rate in 2015/16 CELTA course.

CELTA is an initial teacher training programme designed for those who wish to teach ESOL or EFL and includes teaching practice and observation. You will learn the principles of effective teaching and acquire practical skills for teaching English to adult learners. The CELTA course is a worldwide recognised award. We now also offer the new Online CELTA designed by International House and the University of Cambridge.

You can choose the course delivery which suits you best. The choices are either online learning with teaching practice or classroom learning with teaching practice.

The course will be offered at 4 points in the year:

  • September-December (11 weeks, online learning with teaching practice Tuesdays/Thursdays 4.30pm to 8pm)
  • January-March (11 weeks, online learning with teaching practice Tuesdays/Thursdays 4.30pm to 8pm)
  • April-June (11 weeks part-time, classroom learning Tuesdays/Thursdays 9.30am to 1pm)
  • July (4 weeks summer intensive, classroom learning, 9am to 4.30pm)

For more information please contact Paddy McCann on 020 8326 2378 or email patrick.mccann@west-thames.ac.uk.

Key course features


Cambridge Certificate (CELTA)

Level: Level 5

Mode: Part time mornings and evenings or full time intensive course

Start Date: 11 April 2017

Who is this course for?

Those who would like to teach ESOL or EFL. CELTA courses are designed for people with no previous teaching experience.

About the course

This is an initial teacher training programme for those who would like to teach English language (ESOL or EFL), either within or outside the UK. During the course, you will develop familiarity with the principles of effective teaching and acquire practical skills for teaching English to adult learners. The course includes flexible online learning, teaching practice, observation of experienced teachers in the classroom and completion of a range of practically focused written assignments.

Staff profiles

Tracy Jackson: Tracy has more than years' teaching experience. She started teaching at West Thames College in 2001 working in the ESOL department before moving to Teacher Education. Before West Thames College she taught English in Barcelona for two years and then worked in Tokyo for three years. She is currently the Programme Coordinator for the DET/ProfGCE and also teaches on the AET and CELTA courses. Her interests include English language teaching and mental health.

Matt Flett: Matt has 30 years' experience as an English language teacher in Italy, Spain, Vietnam and the UK and 20 years' experience as a teacher trainer. He has been Education and Quality Manager and a member of the West Thames College Teacher Education team since 2015, teaching mainly on the DET/ProfGCE and CELTA programmes.

Paddy McCann: Paddy has been a teacher and trainer for 26 years. His first teaching jobs were in Japan and Italy. In the UK he has worked in private language schools and Further Education colleges in Liverpool and London working at West Thames College since 2014. He took the CELTA teacher training course 26 years ago and never for one moment imagined he world still be teaching all these years later!

Cathy Xuereb: Cathy started teaching in Slovakia in 1995 and since then has worked in the UK in both the public and private sector, mainly as an English language teacher, a teacher trainer on CELTA courses, an IELTS examiner and an academic manager. She now works for the British Council accreditation scheme and at West Thames College she is part of the teacher training team delivering CELTA and AET courses.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed continuously throughout the course. There is no final examination. There are two components of assessment:

  • Assessment of teaching practice. You will teach for a total of 6 hours, working with classes at 2 levels of ability. The assessment is based on your overall performance during and at the end of the 6 hours.
  • Written assignments. You will complete 4 assignments exploring aspects of teaching English to adults.

If you are successful, you will receive a certificate awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate. The centre also provides a report on performance and achievement for each candidate.

Where next?

After completing the training programme, you can develop a career in teaching English language to adults either in the UK or overseas. To gain fully qualified teacher status in the post-16 sector in the UK, you could progress to the Certificate in Education/PGCE (DTLLS).

Completion of the course gives exemption for PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector) should you choose to continue your professional development in the further education sector.

Entry requirements
2 A Levels and 5 GCSEs or equivalent. You also need to have a very good command of written and spoken English. No previous teaching experience is necessary.

You do not need a degree to enrol on the CELTA course. However, applicants should be aware that when seeking teaching employment after the course, some employers in some countries may require a degree.


Tuition Fee: £1250

Payments by instalments is available except for the July intensive course, for which fees must be paid in full on enrolment. For more information please see Financial Support.

How to apply?
Please complete the online application form. We will then contact you about an interview.


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    Certificate in Education

    Shazia Khan

    “The classes are enjoyable and comfortable. The tutors push you to do your best and you’re completely supported. It’s the best place to work and to study. I initially worked in a support role at the college, but from September I’m going to be teaching on the supported learning courses.”


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