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FAQs: CELTA

The CELTA (The Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is a key qualification for anyone looking to teach English as a foreign language.  Here are a list of the most frequently asked questions about the CELTA course, to help you embark on your English language teaching journey.

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Before the CELTA: Application process

Am I eligible for the CELTA? (What are the entry requirements? Do I need a university education?)

In terms of the basic entry requirements for the CELTA course, these are that you are over 18 (although most schools prefer that you are at least 20 years old), have enough education to enter higher education (i.e. a high school diploma, A-levels or equivalent) and that you can show a native or near-native grasp of the English language (i.e. a strong C1 or IELTS 7.5). You would not need to have previous teaching experience to take the CELTA. Your English level will be tested through the application process (which is free), in the initial application, the pre-interview task and then the interview with the course tutor at your chosen location.

For non-native speakers, you will not need certification of your English level as your English level will be tested through the application process (which is free), in the initial application, the pre-interview task and then the interview with the course tutor at your chosen location. You can get a good indication as to whether your English level is ok to take the CELTA via this page: www.studycelta.com/celta-english-language-test

You would not need to have previous teaching experience to take the CELTA.

Officially, you don’t need a university degree to take the CELTA. Candidates who have completed education, such as secondary school, that would allow them to embark on a university degree are eligible.

You can also take our eligibility test (www.studycelta.com/am-i-eligible) to check if you can apply for a CELTA course.

How do I know if there are spaces available on a course?

The CELTA course dates that we have on our StudyCELTA website will be courses that are scheduled to take place. We check this on a regular basis, and if/when there are no more spaces available on a CELTA course, we will either mark this as ‘On a waiting list’ or remove the date from the website. In the unlikely event that an advertised course is no longer available, we will be able to offer alternative options.

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Does it matter where I take the CELTA?

Each centre across the globe has to meet the requirements set by the University of Cambridge. No matter where you take your course (either face-to-face, online or mixed) and in what format (full-time or part-time) you will receive the same certificate after successfully completing your course.

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Can you assist me with my visa?

We can’t really advise on visas for face-to-face courses, as they vary a lot depending on individual circumstances. We suggest researching online and looking on your chosen location’s immigration website. Alternatively, you could contact the nearest relevant embassy of the country you want to travel to for more information. We would advise looking into visa requirements before applying for your course.

Please note, a visa will not be required when taking an online CELTA course.

For an initial assessment of the visa requirements, you may wish to visit this useful website: www.passportindex.org/travel-visa-checker

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Can I change my CELTA course/location after I have applied?

Changing your chosen CELTA course to a later/earlier course or a different location is easy to do. Just let us know and we will do the rest for you. Please note, if you have already paid your deposit and/or your course fees you will need to speak to your original centre regarding the refund policy.

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Can I apply for more than one CELTA location at once?

We only accept one application per candidate at a time, since the application will need to be directed to the individual CELTA tutor at your chosen location.

Don’t worry though if you decide at a later date you would like to switch locations, just let us know and we will transfer your application for you!

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Before the CELTA: General

Who is the CELTA for?

The four most popular reasons for taking a CELTA course are:

• Travel relocation
• Change of career
• English Language Teaching (ELT) career progression
• Making the most of retirement


However, there are many other reasons, and each person has their own unique story and motivation. One fact that unites applicants in their choice of the course is that it is the most frequently sought-after qualification for TEFL jobs worldwide.

Here are some key points to remember about the CELTA course:

• It is moderated by the University of Cambridge every time a course runs, not just on an occasional basis.
• Tutors are highly qualified, experienced trainers in well-established teacher education centres.
• It is recognised as a Level 5 Qualification by the British Curriculum Authority, so it follows an authorised syllabus.
• The course includes real-life teaching practice with actual English learners, in an authentic classroom environment (either face-to-face or online)

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Does it show on the CELTA Certificate where I took my CELTA course?

The CELTA certificate is issued by Cambridge University and it shows your name, the dates of the course and a centre number. It does not show the name or location of where you took your CELTA. It also does not show the format, i.e. whether it was online, face-to-face, mixed, full-time or part-time.

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Will the CELTA train me to teach children as well as adults?

The CELTA is a course primarily aimed at training you and equipping you to teach English to adults. However, many of the skills that are learned during the CELTA course will be transferable to different children and teenagers’ classes too. Many teachers who get CELTA-qualified, use these transferable skills and the qualification itself to find roles where they teach children.

The Cambridge CELTA qualification is the most widely recognised TEFL certificate and is accepted by employers across the globe. The teaching practice during the course will be aimed at adults, but the CELTA gives you transferable skills for teaching children and teenagers.

If you are only going to be teaching children and teenagers, we would advise taking a specialised course after the CELTA. If you are looking for a Young Learners add on after you have graduated, we can recommend this online Young Learners course which will give you the knowledge and techniques you will need to teach children English.

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Do I have to speak the local language if I take the CELTA course in a non-native speaking country?

The CELTA course is a Cambridge University course fully taught 100% in English and no other language is required for taking the course.

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Will the CELTA help me get work as a teacher?

The CELTA is the most sought-after TEFL certificate by employers worldwide. According to a recent survey conducted by Cambridge English, 70% of job advertisements specifically request the CELTA. In the UK alone, 91 per cent of employers wanted their teachers to have the CELTA!

Furthermore, a part of the course is solely dedicated to professional development and finding work once you graduate. The schools often have jobs boards and contacts with other institutions looking to hire CELTA-qualified teachers. Plus, you’ll also be eligible to sign up for TEFLwork, an online jobs portal for qualified English teachers.

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Is the CELTA enough to become a teacher?

The CELTA will offer you practical teaching experience and introduce you to the core methodologies and principles to teach English as a Foreign Language. The majority of feedback from candidates is that the CELTA course has enabled them to be more confident and organised teachers.

There are short online TEFL courses which may work as an introduction to EFL (English as a Foreign Language), but the CELTA is far more renowned and preferred by reputable language schools and organisations.

The CELTA will open up job opportunities to you. Schools, particularly those in Europe, expect candidates to be CELTA holders.

The CELTA will give you an edge on your CV, but as with all jobs, your experience and how you interview are very important too.

Please note, on a qualifications scale, the CELTA is a little bit above secondary school, and a little bit below university level – in the UK, the CELTA is measured on the qualifications scale as level five, which puts it even with a higher national certificate or diploma, or a foundation degree.

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Am I too old to take the CELTA?

No! We have trainees of all ages successfully taking the CELTA course, including trainees in their 70s taking the CELTA course. Older people bring a huge wealth of knowledge and experience, which benefits them both during the CELTA course and their future English teaching career around the world.

So, if you are an older person wondering if you should take the CELTA course, don’t let your age hold you back. See more information: www.studycelta.com/blog/advice-and-tips/too-old-take-celta.                                             

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What is the difference between CELTA, TEFL, TESL and TESOL?

The CELTA certificate is the most widely recognised English language teaching certificate in the world and is internationally recognised and accredited by the University of Cambridge. The CELTA certificate is awarded after successful completion of the CELTA course. Many other so-called ‘TEFL certificates’, whether achievable online or face-to-face, are often not monitored or unaccredited by large, independent organisations. Then, once you get out into the workforce, you’ll find that it’s not a globally recognised course.

TESL, TEFL, TESOL, it’s all the same… TESL, TEFL and TESOL are all generic terms.

TEFL is not the name of any one specific course, in fact, it’s a concept. It stands for ‘Teaching English as a Foreign Language’ and is often found written in many other variations such as TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) or TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language)

You will also come across ESL (English as a Second Language) and EFL (English as a Foreign Language) when looking into teaching English to people who have a different language as their first language

Remember CELTA, however, is ‘the’ TEFL qualification, and it’s what most employers are looking for when they request it on their job advertisements. Candidates take CELTA courses because the CELTA is the most highly recognised TEFL course in the world. This is a certificate that is sought by reputable employers in English language schools around the world. You can find out more about the CELTA via: https://www.studycelta.com/what-is-the-celta-certificate

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Is my English level sufficient to take the CELTA?

To take the CELTA, you need to demonstrate that you can show a native or near-native grasp of the English language (i.e. a strong C1 or IELTS 7.5). Your English level will be tested through the application process (which is free), in the initial application, the pre-interview task and then the interview with the course tutor at your chosen location.

You will not need to have certification (e.g. from IELTS exams) to prove your English level.

You can take our quick English language test to give you a good indication of whether if your English is suitable to apply for a CELTA course.

You can also get an indication of whether you are eligible for the CELTA by taking our Eligibility Test.

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Do I have to recruit my own Teaching Practice students for the CELTA?

No. The CELTA location that you have chosen will supply the students who you will teach during the Teaching Practice element of the CELTA course. This is the same for the Online CELTA, where the Teaching Practice will be done online with a class of students from around the world. You will always need to be available during these Teaching Practice hours.

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How can I prepare for the CELTA?

To prepare for your CELTA we recommend that you read our ‘Prepare for the CELTA’ page.

Additionally, you may consider taking an online preparation course from ELTcampus to better prepare you for the course.

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The CELTA course itself

What is the difference between a full-time (intensive) and a part-time CELTA?

The full-time (intensive) CELTA course is four to six weeks, while the part-time CELTA course can vary between seven weeks to around 24 weeks part-time study.

The full-time CELTA will allow you to get qualified in a relatively short period of time, but will rely on a full-time commitment to the course. Your time available for external interests and commitments will be very limited, and it is strongly advised that you are not working at all during the period of the course. It is usually a four-week, weekday, nine-to-five intensive course, with significant additional work outside of these hours.

The part-time CELTA is taken at a more relaxed pace and this allows you to continue with some other commitments (e.g. work, family, friends). However, the course will still require a significant level of commitment and dedication. The teaching practice element will be the time you MUST be available for. This for example, could consist of with two afternoons a week and half a day on Saturday morning.

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What support will I get (academic and pastoral) during the CELTA?

The CELTA tutor and the administration team at your chosen location are there to help you with all issues in which you may require support. They will do their best to ensure you receive the support you need to successfully complete your course.

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Can I miss any classes in my CELTA course?

You need 100% attendance to pass the CELTA course. On rare occasions (for exceptional circumstances) you can arrange to miss a day and catch up. However, this will be assessed by the tutor on a case-by-case basis and is not guaranteed.

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Can I fail the CELTA?

Yes, you can fail the CELTA, although you will be given a lot of help and support from the tutors and will have chances to individually retake assignments. You also will be given feedback after each teaching practice session, from your tutors and peers on areas to improve.

There are three pass grades: ‘Pass A’; ‘Pass B’ and ‘Pass’

The fail rate is extremely low, since there is a stringent application process, including pre-course tasks and an interview, and you will not be accepted onto the course unless the tutor believes you are capable of passing. Most fail grades come from those who drop out due to the intensity of full-time CELTA course. For the intensive course you can better prepare yourself by clearing all plans during the duration of the CELTA, including evenings and weekends. Another tip would be to undertake pre-course reading.

Alternatively, you can prepare for the CELTA by taking the ELTcampus Pre-CELTA TEFL preparation course. This introduces you to the EFL teaching methodology and terminology and gives you a great head start before the CELTA, therefore improving your chasing of passing.

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Is there an exam for the CELTA?

There is not an exam for the CELTA, as you are continuously assessed on your teaching practice and written assignments.

But that’s not all. CELTA tutors also take into consideration amongst other things:

  • Responsible and professional attitude to learning
  • Planning and teaching of your lessons
  • Punctuality and organisation (you must attend 100% of the course)
  • Your response to feedback
  • Overall progress and professionalism in the field

When you finish the course, if you pass, you will be sent the CELTA certificate from the University of Cambridge.

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The CELTA online

Is the online CELTA cheaper?

The prices for the CELTA vary from centre to centre, with the difference in prices due to different overheads, etc. Sometimes online CELTA courses will be marginally cheaper due to reduced overhead costs, but this is not necessarily the case.

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Do I need to be in the same country as the centre offering the online CELTA course I want?

No. The online CELTA can be taken from anywhere in the world as long as you have a reliable internet connection and a quiet location for you and your computer. You can take the online CELTA from any location provided you are able to commit to the relevant course timetable.

Check upcoming course dates, times, fees and more information on all online CELTA course details as well as applying via our online CELTA dates page. Through this page you can also see information on which days of the week you will need to be available for with regard to the different courses.

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Does it show on my CELTA certificate if my CELTA was taken online or face-to-face?

No. The certificate that you receive after successfully completing the CELTA is exactly the same whether you have done an online CELTA or a face-to-face CELTA.

Check upcoming course dates, times, fees and more information on all online CELTA course details as well as applying via our online CELTA dates page. Through this page you can also see information on which days of the week you will need to be available for with regard to the different courses.

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Am I qualified to teach face-to-face if I take the CELTA online?

Yes. The CELTA course has exactly the same content for both the face-to-face CELTA and the online CELTA and the certificate that you receive after successfully completing the CELTA is exactly the same whether you have done an online CELTA or a face-to-face CELTA.

Check upcoming course dates, times, fees and more information on all online CELTA course details as well as applying via our online CELTA dates page.

Through this page you can also see information on which days of the week you will need to be available for with regard to the different courses.

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What is the difference between the online CELTA and the face-to-face CELTA?

The only difference between the online CELTA and the face-to-face CELTA is the format in which you take the course. The online CELTA has exactly the same content, with the format allowing you to take it from home.  For the face-to-face CELTA you will need to be physically present in the location where you are taking the course.

The online CELTA holds exactly the same weight as a face-to-face course. On the CELTA certificate that you would receive after successfully completing the CELTA, there would be no mention of the course being online. The Teaching Practice will also be done online with a class of students from around the world. For the face-to-face CELTA the Teaching Practice will be done in a physical classroom. The certificate that you receive after successfully completing the CELTA is exactly the same whether you have done an online CELTA or a face-to-face CELTA.

See the course dates, times, fees and more information on all online CELTA course details as well as applying via our online CELTA dates page.

Through this page you can also see information on which days of the week you will need to be available for with regard to the different courses.

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Why do I need to choose a location for an online CELTA?

Though the course format is online, the CELTA is still being provided by one of the CELTA centres around the world, with resources, staffing (e.g. tutors) and administration taking place in a specific location (a CELTA centre accredited by the University of Cambridge). For this reason, you will need to choose a specific course location.

You can see the course dates, times, fees and more information on all online CELTA course details as well as applying via our online CELTA dates page.

Through this page you can also see information on which days of the week you will need to be available for with regard to the different courses.

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How does the online CELTA work?

The online CELTA has exactly the same content as the face-to-face CELTA, with the format allowing you to take it from home. You are able to take the CELTA online from anywhere in the world as long as you have a reliable internet connection. This means you can take the course via any location in the world, provided you are available for the required hours of the course. The Teaching Practice will also be done online with a class of students from around the world. You will need to be available during these Teaching Practice hours.

The certificate that you receive after successfully completing the CELTA is exactly the same whether you have done an online CELTA or a face-to-face CELTA.

If you are interested in taking the CELTA online generally, you can see the course dates, times, fees and more information regarding all online CELTA course details as well as applying via our online CELTA dates page.

Through this page you will also be able to see information on which days of the week you will need to be available for with regard to the different courses.

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The CELTA Course: Finances

What do I do if I can’t take/finish the course – would there be any refunds?

If for any reason you are unable to take or finish your CELTA course, there may be the possibility of a refund. If you are concerned this may be an issue in advance of taking the course, you should raise this question to get this confirmed by the course tutor at the interview stage of the application process. The refunds policy will be set out by the location that you choose for your course, and you will be able to see this before proceeding with your course payment. In the event of a refund being required, you would need to speak to your CELTA course tutor, who will be able to advise further about your next steps.

Please also note, you will only be able to pay for the CELTA course once you have been successfully interviewed and offered a place on the course. You will need to pay a deposit to secure your place and pay the full course fees before taking the CELTA.

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Is the online CELTA cheaper?

The prices for the CELTA vary from centre to centre, with the difference in prices due to different overheads, etc. Sometimes online CELTA courses will be marginally cheaper due to reduced overhead costs, but this is not necessarily the case.

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Is the CELTA worth it?

The CELTA is worth the investment if you are serious about teaching English and wish to build a career in the English as a Foreign Language (EFL) industry.

You will probably find that having the CELTA will gain you many more job opportunities and increase your salary.

Find out about other students’ experience of the CELTA via our reviews page.

However, if you are looking to teach English for a short-term summer job, the CELTA may not be worth the investment.

Keep in mind that some countries require teachers to have CELTAs, regardless of it just being temporary work. We recommend researching the EFL market of the country before heading out.

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What are the deadlines for payments for a CELTA course?

CELTA courses are filled on a first come, first serve basis, so once you have been accepted onto a course we advise securing your place with a deposit as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

It is free to apply for the CELTA course through our website. Usually the full fees are due a couple of weeks before the course start date, but on acceptance, the tutors will give you an exact timeframe.

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Do you have any special offers or discounts?

We have a number of special offers available, which you can see on our Special Offers page.

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Is there funding available to take the CELTA?

You can find useful information about funding for the CELTA course via this blog page.

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Can I pay for my CELTA course in instalments?

Your course fees will need to be paid in full before you take your CELTA course. The best option is to submit your application as early as possible so you can have the whole lead up to the course to pay the full fee.

Some centres also offer special early bird prices for trainees who pay several weeks before the start date. Remember that once you’ve been accepted onto the course, you will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This deposit is non-refundable and can range from about 20% to 50% of the total course fee.

In exceptional circumstances, it may be possible to pay for your CELTA course in instalments, however you would need to discuss and agree this with the course tutor during the interview stage of the application process.

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General Questions (including after the CELTA)

What does CELTA stand for?

CELTA stands for Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults. You can find out more about the CELTA via: www.studycelta.com/what-is-the-celta-certificate

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Does the centre (location) help with finding TEFL jobs?

During the course, you will have input sessions from the tutors, regarding local and international jobs vacancies, as well as assistance in creating your own TEFL CV. You will also have access to our sister site: www.teflwork.com

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Are there currently restrictions for Russian and Belorussian candidates?

Russian and Belorussian candidates who are living outside these countries can continue to participate in CELTA and DELTA courses as normal.

However, Cambridge University has made a temporary decision that candidates who are in Russia or Belarus and looking to take the CELTA or DELTA course online, will not be able to do so. CELTA face-to-face courses are not currently operating in Russian locations either.

Temporarily, candidates cannot make payments for a CELTA or DELTA course from Russian or Belarusian banks, and all the partner centres we work with comply fully with regulations and sanctions rules in the country where the centre is based.

Please note that courses will (temporarily) not accept candidates of any nationality based in Russia & Belarus. If a candidate can prove that they do not reside in Russia or Belarus, then we can still accept them onto our courses providing that they also make a payment from a different country.

FAQs: DELTA

The DELTA (The Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is a key qualification for anyone looking to teach English as a foreign language.  Here are a list of the most frequently asked questions about the DELTA course, to help you embark on your English language teaching journey.

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Before the DELTA: Application process

Do I need to be in the same country/city as the centre offering the online DELTA course I want?

The online DELTA can be taken from anywhere in the world as long as you have a reliable internet connection and a quiet location for you and your computer. You can take the online DELTA modules from any location provided you are able to commit to the relevant course timetable.

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Do I need to take the DELTA modules all at one centre?

No, you can take each of the DELTA modules at whichever centre you like, and this will not affect the DELTA certificate you receive after successfully completing the three modules.

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Can I take a DELTA without a CELTA qualification?

To take a DELTA you should have some formal, certificated ELT training (e.g. a CELTA). However, you could be accepted onto a DELTA course without an existing teaching qualification if you are able to show that you would be likely to successfully complete a course. You could demonstrate this via successful previous examples of study.

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How do I know if there are still spaces available on a DELTA course?

The dates that we have on our StudyCELTA website will be courses that are scheduled to take place. We check this on a regular basis, and if/when there are no more spaces available on a DELTA course, we will either mark this as ‘On a waiting list’ or remove the date from the website. In the unlikely event that an advertised course is no longer available, we will be able to offer alternative options.

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Do you have any reviews for DELTA courses?

You can see reviews for the DELTA courses via this page: www.studycelta.com/reviews

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Can you help me with my visa?

We can’t really advise on visas for face-to-face DELTA courses, as they vary a lot depending on individual circumstances. We suggest researching online and looking on your chosen location’s immigration website. Alternatively, you could contact the nearest relevant embassy of the country you want to travel to for more information. We would advise looking into visa requirements before applying for your course.

Please note, a visa will not be required when taking an online DELTA course.

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Am I eligible for the DELTA?

The entry criteria for taking the DELTA are that you:

  • Have some formal, certificated ELT training (e.g. a CELTA)
  • Have an equivalent of 1 year of full-time English teaching experience (i.e. 1,200 hours) in the last 5 years
  • Have a level of English good enough to teach at a range of levels – you should have an equivalent English level of high C1 on the CEFR. For non-native speakers, you will not need certification of your English level as your English level will be assessed through the (free) application process.
  • Have a range of teaching experience involving work in different teaching contexts
  • Have experience of teaching learners at different language levels and ages.

You could be accepted onto DELTA course without an existing teaching qualification (e.g. CELTA) if you are able to show that you would be likely to successfully complete a course. You could demonstrate this via successful previous examples of study.

If you match the above criteria, you are eligible to take the DELTA.

Please note that acceptance onto a DELTA module is at the discretion of the DELTA course tutor at your chosen location.

You can also take our eligibility test

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What level of qualification is the DELTA?

The DELTA approximates to a Master’s level in terms of content.

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Do I need to take the three DELTA Modules in order?

The DELTA comprises three different modules, which collectively make the qualification. You can take the three different modules in any order and can gain the certificates for the three different modules. Remember however, you will only achieve the final certificate after you have successfully completed all three.

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Is there a time limit for taking all the DELTA modules?

There is no time limit for taking the DELTA modules, which means you can take the three modules at your convenience to suit your needs and commitments. If needed, you can complete the three modules with gaps of time between completion for each of the modules.

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Can I fail a DELTA module?

Yes, it is possible to fail a DELTA module. The grades awarded for each of the DELTA modules are:

•             Pass with Distinction
•             Pass with Merit
•             Pass
•             Fail

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Can I do a DELTA course online?

DELTA Module 1 (preparation) and Module 3 are able to be taken online, though you will need to attend a DELTA examination centre to take your Module 1 exam. You can take the DELTA Module 2 via distance learning. Currently, in response to Covid-19, centres that were offering the DELTA Module 2 face-to-face can also offer courses online for courses starting up to December 31st 2021.

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Why should I take a DELTA?

If you are considering taking a DELTA, you should ask yourself these questions:

  • Am I serious about a career in English Language Teaching?
  • Do I want to climb the career ladder?
  • Do I want to build on my ELT skills and knowledge?
  • Do I want to move from “regular” classroom teaching and into roles such as course management?

If the answer is yes, take a look at our DELTA courses in our course calendar to find an option that will suit you.

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What is the DELTA?

The University of Cambridge DELTA course is a diploma designed for experienced and qualified English teachers who want to take the next step in their career; whether it be to director of studies, teacher trainer, course book publisher, or even just a better-rounded instructor.

It’s broken down into three modules, the first of which includes an exam, the third a written assignment, and the second a continuously assessed combination of classwork, tasks and teaching practice.

The DELTA is a higher English language teaching qualification for experienced teachers, to help them move into senior teaching or directorial roles, or hone their skills as a teacher. It is also a key step in becoming a teacher trainer (e.g. a CELTA tutor). The DELTA approximates to a Master’s level in terms of content.

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Who is the DELTA for?

The University of Cambridge DELTA course is a diploma designed for experienced and qualified English teachers who want to take the next step in their career; whether it be to director of studies, teacher trainer, course book publisher, or even just a better-rounded instructor.

It’s broken down into three modules, the first of which includes an exam, the third a written assignment, and the second a continuously assessed combination of classwork, tasks and teaching practice.

The DELTA helps teachers move into senior teaching or directorial roles, or hone their skills as a teacher. It is also a key step in becoming a teacher trainer (e.g. a CELTA tutor). The DELTA approximates to a Master’s level in terms of content.

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Are there currently restrictions for Russian and Belorussian candidates?

Russian and Belorussian candidates who are living outside these countries can continue to participate in CELTA and DELTA courses as normal.

However, Cambridge University has made a temporary decision that candidates who are in Russia or Belarus and looking to take the CELTA or DELTA course online, will not be able to do so. CELTA face-to-face courses are not currently operating in Russian locations either.

Temporarily, candidates cannot make payments for a CELTA or DELTA course from Russian or Belarusian banks, and all the partner centres we work with comply fully with regulations and sanctions rules in the country where the centre is based.

Please note that courses will (temporarily) not accept candidates of any nationality based in Russia & Belarus. If a candidate can prove that they do not reside in Russia or Belarus, then we can still accept them onto our courses providing that they also make a payment from a different country.

The Different DELTA Modules: DELTA Module 1

How much time do I have to spend to complete DELTA Module 1?

There is no set time expectation when taking the DELTA Module 1 (preparatory) course. You can choose the course that best suits you in terms of length of time.

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Do I have to take the DELTA Module 1 exam with the DELTA centre I am studying with?

No. You are free to take the DELTA Module 1 exam with any Cambridge DELTA examination centre.

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When is the DELTA Module 1 exam?

DELTA Module 1 is assessed by a written examination. DELTA Module 1 exams take place in June and December of every year.  

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What is DELTA Module 1?

The DELTA Module 1 is a preparatory course for a long-written exam. It covers teaching methodologies, language concepts, specific terminology, and learner skills and problems. DELTA Module 1 exams take place in June and December of every year.  This preparatory course can be taken online or in the classroom.

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The Different DELTA Modules: DELTA Module 2

When will I get my DELTA Module 2 results?

Cambridge will announce results for all three modules approximately two months after the DELTA Module 1 test dates in June and December. Note that if you have entered for the DELTA Module 2 ONLY in October, your results will be released approximately one month after your submission deadline.

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How much time do I have to spend to complete DELTA Module 2?

There is no set time expectation when taking the DELTA Module 2 course. You can choose the course appropriate for you in terms of length of time.

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How is Module 2 assessed? Are there deadlines?

Module 2 is assessed based on a candidate’s performance as a teacher throughout the course, and portfolio of coursework. This portfolio incorporates background essays, a professional development assignment and observed lessons. Candidates complete five assignments, all of which contribute to the final grade.

There are no deadlines for the DELTA Module 2 activities as there are no exams or submissions, and assessment is based on your performance as a teacher throughout the course.

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How does the Module 2 distance learning course work?

It is possible to take DELTA Module 2 as a distance learning course (either full-time or part-time), and our centre via Cambridge offers this. You can see more details on our Cambridge DELTA page: www.studycelta.com/tefl-uk/delta-cambridge

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What is DELTA Module 2?

DELTA Module 2 is centred around developing your professional practice. You are assessed through a portfolio of coursework including lesson observations. The DELTA Module 2 is normally classroom-based, although there are online options.

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The Different DELTA Modules: DELTA Module 3

How much time do I have to spend to complete DELTA Module 3?

There is no set time expectation when taking the DELTA Module 3 course. You can choose the course appropriate for you in terms of length of time.

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When is the DELTA Module 3 coursework submission?

DELTA Module 3 will be evaluated through coursework submission. The submission dates are in September and December 2021. Cambridge will announce results for all three modules approximately two months after the DELTA Module 1 test dates in June and December.

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What is DELTA Module 3?

There are two different options to take with the DELTA Module 3.

Option One: Extending Practice and ELT Specialism: An independent investigation, which leads to the design of a course programme.

Option Two: English Language Teaching Management: An independent situation analysis, leading to the design of a change proposal looking at an area of management.

DELTA Module 3 can be taken online or in the classroom.

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After a DELTA course/module

Which jobs will the DELTA help me to get?

Having a DELTA helps a teacher stand out from the crowd in the jobs market. The DELTA helps you move into senior teaching or directorial roles and is also a key step in becoming a teacher trainer (e.g. a CELTA tutor). It can also lead to interesting new career directions, such as becoming a course book publisher.

It is definitely worth checking out the TEFLwork website: www.teflwork.com. TEFLwork is the only jobs website specialised in job opportunities for CELTA and DELTA graduates and you can see relevant job roles both at home and abroad. It Also, if you are thinking about taking a DELTA, you may also want to read this blog post about six ways to make a career out of English Language Teaching.

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The DELTA modules: Finances

When do I pay for the course?

DELTA courses are filled on a first come, first serve basis, so once you have been accepted onto a course we advise securing your place with a deposit as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

It is free to apply for a DELTA course through our website. Usually, the full fees are due a couple of weeks before the course start date, but on acceptance, the tutors will give you an exact time frame.

It is worth checking out for any special offers for DELTA courses on our Special Offers page: www.studycelta.com/special-celta-delta-offers

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FAQs: CELTA

The CELTA (The Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is a key qualification for anyone looking to teach English as a foreign language.  Here are a list of the most frequently asked questions about the CELTA course, to help you embark on your English language teaching journey.

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FAQs: DELTA

The DELTA (The Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is a key qualification for anyone looking to teach English as a foreign language.  Here are a list of the most frequently asked questions about the DELTA course, to help you embark on your English language teaching journey.

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