About this course

If you’re looking to start a career as an English teacher, getting your CELTA qualification with the British Council could be the ideal starting place. 

CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is an initial qualification for people with little or no previous teaching experience and is one of the most widely taken qualifications of its kind. It is recognised around the world and is a requirement for any teachers looking to work with quality language teaching institutions such as the British Council.

CELTA is awarded by Cambridge English Language Assessment, part of the world-famous University of Cambridge, and the British Council in Agouza has been running the course since 2008. 

On this course you will:

  • Be taught in small class sizes (usually no more than 12 trainees per course) to allow focused training.
  • Get the opportunity to practice and learn to teach by teaching
  • Have access to our CELTA library and training room.

Why should you choose the British Council?

Teachers should do their CELTA course with the world’s English experts because:

  • It offers great value for money compared to regional alternatives
  • We have 100 highly qualified and very experienced teachers
  • The Agouza training centre is in a safe location that is easy to access on the Nile’s west bank
  • We have a wide range of course books and supplementary materials trainees can use for lesson planning 
  • We have recruited at least six graduates from the programme in the past 12 months

One of the unique benefits we can offer you is the opportunity to take part in teaching practice and observe teachers in action at the British Council. 

What does the course cover?

  • You’ll be working with a group of trainees to deliver lessons daily and gain experience teaching at different levels. 
  • You will teach a total of six hours divided into eight different lessons throughout the course.

Session topics include:

  • methods of presenting and practising language and skills
  • correction techniques
  • language analysis 
  • lesson planning
  • classroom management
  • using technology in a lesson
  • jobs and careers in English language teaching.

 How will I be assessed?

  • There is no final written exam, but you’ll be assessed on: 
  • planning and teaching 
  • ability to transfer what you learn to the classroom 
  • awareness of the strengths and weaknesses of your teaching
  • contribution to input and feedback sessions
  • classroom-related written assignments

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How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?

You must:

  • be at least 20 years old when the course begins
  • have a competence in written and spoken English – the University of Cambridge defines this as a good C1 level on the Common European Framework.  Check here for more information on the CEFR.
  • have a standard of education that allows entry to higher education in your country.

How to apply

  1. Fill out the below application and the pre-interview task (included in the application).
  2. Please, send the application to cairo.celta@britishcouncil.org.eg  
  3. If your application is shortlisted, you will be contacted for an interview about a month before the course start date.
  4. Interviews are preferably done face to face at our Agouza offices. However, candidates overseas/ outside of Cairo can get an online interview via Zoom.

We advise that you apply at least two months in advance. We aim to process applications within four weeks of receipt.

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Other information

Download our Frequently Asked Questions sheet which answers most questions asked about our course.

Visit the Cambridge English website for more information about the course.

You can also email us on cairo.celta@britishcouncil.org.eg for more information.

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Calendar and fees

British Council Egypt offers fully online and face-to-face Full-time CELTA courses to allow participants to continue with their professional development plans. 

Full time courses:

Our full-time courses run on a Sunday to Thursday/ Wednesday working week. Course times are from 09.30 to 18.00 on each day. 

You’ll need to work on assignments and prepare for classes during evenings and weekends. Some classroom observation is also timetabled outside of course hours.

Part time courses:

Our part-time courses run either over the weekend (Fridays and Saturdays) from 9.30am to 6.00pm, or one weekend day (Saturdays) from 9.30am to 6.00pm, and two evenings in the week (Mondays and Wednesdays) from 5.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. 

You’ll need to work on assignments and prepare for classes during weekdays. Some classroom observation is also timetabled outside of course hours.

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CELTA Face to Face courses:

Course dates may be changed at the discretion of the centre. 

Our face-to-face courses run in our Agouza offices. 

The courses either run for 5 weeks (4 days a week), or intensively for 4 weeks (5 days per week).

Course Course Number Start Date End Date Fees

May Full-time (Intensive)

C4 /2023 12 May 2024 6 June 2024 EGP 45,000

July Full-time (Intensive)

C7 /2024 14 July 2024 8 August 2024 EGP 45,000
August Full-time C9 /2024 11 August 2024 5 September 2024 EGP 45,000
October Full-time C11 /2024 7 October 2024 6 November 2024 EGP 45,000
November Full-time C12/2024 17 November 2024 18 December 2024 EGP 45,000

CELTA Online courses:

Fully online courses include online input sessions and online Teaching Practice (TP). Participants who successfully complete the course will receive the same Cambridge Certificate awarded to face-to-face participants, the certificate will not mention that the course was delivered online.

Our part-time courses run either over the weekend (Fridays and Saturdays) from 9.30am to 6.00pm, or one weekend day (Saturdays) from 9.30am to 6.00pm, and two evenings in the week (Mondays and Wednesdays) from 5.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. You’ll need to work on assignments and prepare for classes during weekdays. Some classroom observation is also timetabled outside of course hours.

Course Course Number Start Date End Date Fees
April Part-time (Fully online) C3 /2024 19 April 2024 22 June 2024 EGP 50,000
July full time (Fully online) C8 / 2024 14 July 2024 8 August 2024 EGP 50,000
September Part-time (Fully online) C10 /2024 6 September 2024 9 November 2024 EGP 50,000

Course fees 

The course fees are mentioned in the calendar above.

The selection interviews are free. 

Our course fees include 153 GBP (face-to-face courses) / 250 GBP (online courses) Cambridge entry fees. 

Following acceptance, a deposit of 15,000 EGP is required. Full fees must be paid at least ten working days before the course begins.