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CELTA  Online Course 

Now you can have the flexibility to combine online study with live teaching practice to obtain your CELTA. Exactly the same CELTA certificate as candidates on our face-to-face courses.

Start Dates  11 April (Saturday), 14 September (Monday), 5 December (Saturday)

Course Fee 

£1144 / €1544

VAT £229 / €309
Cambridge Fee  £135 / €182
Total  £1508 / €2035

How will the course work?


The content and syllabus cover the same areas as the face-to-face courses at ITTC, but for the CELTA Online all the course input will be done online in a virtual classroom. This will allow you some flexibility to fit the work in around your other commitments.  Read more about Input

Teaching Practice

You will teach for a total of six hours, as on any other CELTA course, and this will mean coming to our training centre each Saturday during the course.  Read more about teaching Practice

How much time will I have to devote to the course?

Obviously, you will have to be available each Saturday that the course runs. For the online component, there isn't a set number of hours, but we can give you an idea of what will be involved. On face-to-face courses our candidates have approximately 120 contact hours. They then spend more time looking over their notes from input, completing assignment and preparing their lessons. CELTA Online will have the same amount of work, but spread out over the 13 weeks of the course – so you can see that it is still quite a commitment.

What do I have to do during the course?


The online content is split into 30 separate units, and the average unit will take around 2 hours to complete. Although you will have deadlines for completing units, you will also have the flexibility of working at times to suit you. On some tasks you will work independently, on others you will collaborate with your colleagues on the course. As you work through the units, you will have support and feedback from your online tutor.

Have a look at our timetable

You will be expected to contribute to the online forum, and each week you will need to set aside one hour on Thursday evenings to participate in the weekly "liveroom". Here, you, your colleagues and your tutor will all be present in a virtual classroom to discuss the units so far and to work together on tasks.


There are 4 written assignments to complete – as on any CELTA course – and these are spread out over the 13 weeks of the course. When you submit an assignment, your tutor will get back to you with the result (the assignments are graded pass or fail), and will give you feedback and any advice necessary. If an assignment hasn't met all the criteria, you can then edit it and resubmit it.

As on every CELTA, you must pass a minimum of 3 written assignments (of course we would expect you to pass them all. smiley


As part of the CELTA, you will need to observe experienced teachers at work in the classroom. On our online course, some of this will be completed online, and some when you are here for teaching practice on Saturdays.

Teaching Practice

We have arranged classes at our training centre in Bournemouth. From the second week of the course, you will spend each Saturday at the training centre to teach a lesson in the morning, and to get feedback on your teaching in the afternoon. Your tutors will also be able to give you help and support in planning for your next lesson the following Saturday.


It is really important to know how you are progressing on the CELTA Online, so you will have online tutorials with your tutor – one in week 5, a second in week 8 and a third in the final stages of the course. This means that you are aware of your strengths and areas to work on at all times.

The technicalities of the CELTA Online

Obviously, you need to be computer literate! Otherwise the CELTA Online means that there are minimum requirements for your computer and the software you have.


  • computer monitor – we recommend a screen resolution of 1024x768 pixels
  • internet connection – we recommend you use a reliable broadband-speed connection to be able to handle progressively downloaded videos and virtual classroom sessions with audio.
  • a good quality USB headset with headphones and microphone built in
  • access to a scanner and printer (although these will be available for you to use at the training centre)

Operating System

We recommend the following minimum hardware specifications to run the course:

  • Windows XP 800MHz Processor with 256MB RAM or
  • Windows Vista 1GHz processor with 1GB RAM or
  • Windows 7 1GHz processor with 1GB RAM or
  • Mac OSX 10.3 or higher 1GHz processor with 1GB RAM

You may be able to run the course on machines with lower specification hardware although you may experience performance issues with media-rich activities.

Please note: The course will NOT run on an iPad.

The download speed of the videos included on the course will depend both on your hardware configuration and the speed of your broadband connection. If the streaming stops after a short while then it is advisable to wait until the download is complete.


a) Web browser

You will need an up-to-date web browser to run the course. We recommend the following browsers for the Cambridge CELTA Course Online:

  • Firefox 3 or higher
  • Safari
  • Internet Explorer 8

The course can also be run in other browsers. However, some features of the interface may exhibit bugs in non-recommended browsers.

Please do NOT use the browser Chrome - some of the course features will not work in this browser.

Downloads of browsers:

b) Microsoft Word

You will need Microsoft Word for the course (either PC or Mac version). Mac users who do not have a copy of Word installed may wish to use the open source (free) Libre office: although not all course features will work as well as Microsoft Word.

c) Required plugins

Your browser will require the following plugins to be installed and enabled:

If you are not using your own computer please note that you may need to contact your institution's I.T. administrator to be able to change your browser settings or install plugins.


WeekOnline Unit NumberOnline UnitsLiveroomTeaching Practice
TP Feedback
Supervised lesson planning
Week 1 Orientation  1 hr
Week 2 Units 1 - 4 The Learner First
Helping Students Understand Texts: Reading
Dealing with Language
Classroom Management
 1 hr Introduction
Supervised Lesson Planning
Week 3 Units 5 - 8 Using the Coursebook 1
Lesson Planning 1
More about the Learner
Checking Understanding
1 hr TP1 – 2.6 hours
TP Feedback and SLP – 2 hours
Observation 2 (live 1.5 hrs)
Assignment 1: FoL set
Week 4 Units 9 - 10 Anticipating Problems
Using the Coursebook 2
Language Focus
1 hr TP2 – 2.6 hours
TP Feedback and SLP – 2 hours
Assignment 2: LRT set
Week 5 Units 11 - 12 Helping Students Understand Texts: Listening Lexis 1 hr TP3 – 2.6 hours
TP Feedback and SLP – 2 hours
Observation 3 (online)
Assignment 3: LSRT set
Assignment 4: LFC set
Stage 1 OnlineTutorial (TBA with online tutor) B, C, D
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