Is CELTA open to non-native speakers of English? Yes, both native and non-native speakers of English are eligible - and both must show that their command of English and their language awareness are sufficient for the demands of the course and for language teaching.
Can I simply pay the course fee and start the course? No: first you must contact our office and apply. You then complete a pre-interview task, and (subject to its being satisfactory) you are invited to an interview. Once these stages have been successfully completed, you are offered a place on the course. This selection procedure is the norm and applies to every CELTA course at every CELTA centre worldwide.
I don't have a degree. Can I still apply for a place on a CELTA course? Yes. A degree is not a pre-requisite qualification. You should normally have UK A levels, or an equivalent such as a Swiss Matura, International Bac, or US high school graduation. However, professional qualifications may also be acceptable.
Can I still work part-time while doing a part-time CELTA course? Yes, but we recommend no more than 50%.
How many study hours per week are necessary outside the actual attendance? It is impossible to give a precise figure, as people vary in their study habits. But plan for about 18 hours per week on a part-time course.
Is there an exam at the end of the course? No: assessment is continuous, and includes Teaching Practice and four written assignments.
Is CELTA recognised in Switzerland? Yes: it is accepted as an equivalent to the SVEB Certificate.