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.

British Council centres in Riyadh and Jeddah are accredited by the University of Cambridge to deliver CELTA. 

Take a CELTA course with the world's English experts and you will:    

  • be taught in small classes to allow focused training
  • be taught by outstanding teaching practitioners who incorporate the most respected and up-to-date teaching methodologies
  • have the unique opportunity to learn within British Council centres which can serve as a recruiting platform for outstanding candidates
  • benefit from taking part in teaching practice and observe teachers in action at the British Council
  • get the opportunity to practice and learn to teach by teaching.

What's more, you will be kept up to date with the progress you are making. 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.

Course information

  • Eligibility

    You must:

    - be at least 20 years old (when the course begins)

    - have a standard of education that allows entry to higher education in your country

    - be competent in written and spoken English (C1 level on the Common European Framework).

  • Course Format

    Seminars and workshops.

    Teach a total of 6 hours, divided into 8 different lessons.

    Maximum of 12 students in each class.

  • Course Locations

    Riyadh: British Council Centre

    Jeddah: British Council Centre


  • Cost

    • Please call 920003668 for more information  

Course Dates 2019
Men's Teaching Centres

Men's courses in Riyadh

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Men's courses in Jeddah

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Course Dates 2019
Women's Teaching Centres

Women's courses in Riyadh

Application deadline Course dates Timetable
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Women's courses in Jeddah

Application deadline Course dates Timetable


To be confirmed

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How to apply

1. Download and complete the application (below) for the city in which you wish to apply.

2. Send your completed forms by email to:

Jeddah - CELTAadminjeddah@sa.britishcouncil.org

3. Please ensure your attached application form is less than 10 MB.

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


Please note: 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 for an interview. Places on the courses are limited and demand is high so apply as soon as you can.