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Cambridge CELTA for Teachers of English

Your passport to teaching overseas


The Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, or CELTA, is a qualification for native (or near native) English speakers looking to teach English as a foreign language. The certificate is specifically designed for those with little or no previous teaching experience, and because it is awarded by Cambridge ESOL, CELTA is one of the few internationally recognised teaching qualifications.

Finding Work in English Language teaching

English Language teaching is now very popular and there are very few jobs in the UK for inexperienced teachers, except during the summer. We therefore recommend that applicants anticipate going abroad after their course. During the course, information will be available to assist trainees in finding employment in English language teaching. Once the course is over, trainees are encouraged to keep in touch with the College to assist their development.

Why choose Basil Paterson College?


  • Experience - Basil Paterson is the longest established centre for CELTA in Scotland
  • Expertise - tutors have first-hand knowledge of teaching English, both in the UK and overseas
  • Support - regular supervision and advice from our vastly experienced staff
  • Intensive - 4-week full-time course, covering all aspects of theory and practice
  • Facilities - state of the art PCs, internet/WiFi, and photocopying available
  • Convenient - the school is located just 15 mins from the nearest bus and train stations
  • Employment - help and support in looking for employment overseas on completion

Free Taster Evenings

We are running free taster evenings so you can find out more about English language teaching opportunities and get a feel for the learning environment at Basil Paterson. These will take place on Wednesday evenings from 6-9pm on 12th April, 28th June, 2nd August and 1st November. Drop us an email on the address below to register. 

Weekend Grammar Workshop

Basil Paterson’s weekend grammar workshop is an intensive, 2-day course aimed at pre-CELTA and recently qualified English language teachers. Its aim is to raise language awareness, increase familiarity with terminology and build confidence with grammar. 

Working in small groups with an experienced trainer, you will cover essential areas of grammar such as tenses, modality, conditionals, comparative & superlatives and verb patterns. The workshop also includes aspects of language teaching methodology, using an interactive activity-based approach.Your trainer will provide advice and suggest further resources for continued language awareness development. By the end of the two-day course, you will have a better understanding of English grammar and the tools for further self-study. 

Saturday 15th – Sunday 16th April
Saturday 5th – Sunday 6th August

10am – 4pm each day with one hour for lunch 


Drop us an email or give us a call for more information on how to book. 


If you're still unsure whether this is the course for you, why not visit our Course Information page, or contact us on +44 (0) 131 225 3802. Alternatively, you can e-mail .


Contact details


CELTA Department

Basil Paterson College

66 Queen Street

Edinburgh   EH2 4NA


T. +44 (0) 131 225 3802

F. +44 (0) 131 226 6701


CELTA dates 2017

  • 06 February - 03 March
  • 13 March - 07 April
  • 24 April - 19 May
  • 29 May - 23 June
  • 03 July - 28 July
  • 28 August - 22 September
  • 02 October - 27 October
  • 06 November - 01 December

Course in brief


  • 4 week course, 5 days per week
  • Mon to Fri 9.00-17.30, irrespective of public holidays
  • 120 hours contact time
  • 80+ hours learning time
  • See "Apply now" for further information

2017 Course Cost

£1195  (includes Cambridge Assessment Fee)