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 this course from 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 70 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 six graduates from the programme in the past 12 months

What does the course cover?

Alongside seminars and workshops, 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. 

Session topics include:

  • methods of presenting and practising language
  • correction techniques
  • 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

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

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 CEF
  • have a standard of education that allows entry to higher education in your country.

Acceptance is not automatic. You’ll need to submit an application form and complete the pre-interview task. 

If these are up to the required standard, you’ll then be invited to an interview with us. 

If you’re living in Egypt, your interview will be held at our Agouza offices. If you don’t live in Egypt, we can arrange a phone interview. 

Places on the courses are limited and demand is high so apply as soon as you can.

How to apply

Download and complete the following two documents:

  • Application form
  • Pre-interview task

Completed forms and tasks should be returned by email to cairo.celta@britishcouncil.org.eg  

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

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.

Calendar and fees


Interviews are free. 

Course fees include 135 GBP Cambridge entry fees. 

Following acceptance, a deposit of 10,000 EGP is required. Full fees must be paid at least ten working days before the course begins.

CELTA Full Time Courses 2020

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

Full time courses:

Our full-time courses run on a Sunday to Thursday 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.

Course Course Number Start Date End Date Fees
January Full-time C2 / 2020 12 January 2020 13 February 2020 EGP 28,000
February Full-time C3 / 2020 23 February 2020 26 March 2020 EGP 28,000
May/June Full-time C4 / 2020 31 May 2020 25 June 2020 EGP 28,000
June Full-time C6 / 2020 28 June 2020  23 July 2020 EGP 28,000
July Full-time C7 / 2020 28 June 2020 23 July 2020 EGP 28,000
August Full-time C8 / 2020 9 August 2020 3 September 2020 EGP 28,000
September Full-time C10 / 2020 13 September 2020 8 October 2020 EGP 28,000
October Full-time C11 / 2020 18 October 2020 12 November 2020 EGP 28,000
November Full-time C12 / 2020 22 November 2020 17 December 2020 EGP 28,000

CELTA Part time Courses 2020

Part time courses:

Our summer part-time course runs over the weekend (Friday and Saturday) for 10 weekends. Course times are from 09.30 to 18.00 on each day. You’ll need to work on assignments and prepare for classes during week days. Some classroom observation is also timetabled outside of course hours. 

Our winter part-time course runs on one weekend day (Saturday) and two evenings in the week (Monday and Wednesday). Course times on Saturdays are from 09.30 to 18.00. On weekdays classes are from 5.30pm to 9.30pm.

Course Course Number Start Date End Date Fees
January Part-time (Online CELTA) C1 / 2020 11 January 2020 31 March 2020 EGP 28,000
June Part-time C5 / 2020 6 June 2020 19 August 2020 EGP 28,000
September Part-time C9 / 2020 5 September 2020 11 November 2020 EGP 28,000