The CELTA is the Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults. This is a practical teaching qualification including 6 hours of observed teaching practice.

English Language & TESOL students who are accepted on to the CELTA can either take this qualification as a module in the second year (10 weeks) or full time over 4 weeks in July.

There is limited availability on these modules and students must go through an interview process in line with Cambridge requirements as it is a professional qualification. This is very similar to a PGCE interview. It is therefore important to note that students are not automatically guaranteed a place on the CELTA as part of their BA degree.

Typical cost of a CELTA £1650 but our students only pay the exam fee, currently £160. You can read more about the CELTA here. 

CELTA at Swansea University: Interview with Vanessa Ku (2021)

Here’s a video interview carried out by Applied Linguistics student intern, Shawn Lee. She talks with Vanessa Ku about undertaking the embedded CELTA as part of Swansea Applied Linguistics undergraduate degree.


Employability: On Getting My Perfect Job by Harvey Miller (2018)

Before going to university, I was never entirely sure as to what my career aims were, although teaching has always been something that has interested me.  However, after researching Swansea University, I noticed that the Applied Linguistics Department offered the CELTA programme as part of their English language degree. This was one of my main reasons for selecting the degree, and it has been fundamental in paving the way for my future career!

After completing the CELTA at the end of my second year, I immediately put it to good use and secured some work teaching in a summer school in Malta. I really enjoyed my time teaching on the island, and it made me realise that teaching was the profession of which I was born to be a part. I was among the top 5 teachers voted for by staff and students to represent the company at the Global Leadership Academy, which was a great opportunity to further develop my insight in the profession through conferences and seminars. … [Read more about Harvey’s journey after CELTA here]