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 Centres in Riyadh and Jeddah are currently the only centres in Saudi Arabia accredited by the University of Cambridge to deliver it.


  • Be taught in small class sizes (usually no more than twelve trainees per course) to allow focused training
  • Get the opportunity to practice and learn to teach by teaching.


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

  • The British Council's CELTA trainers are outstanding practitioners of teaching and incorporate the most respected and up-to-date teaching methodologies
  • The British Council has around twenty highly qualified and experienced teachers to be observed by candidates - crucial for a candidate's reflection
  • The Riyadh and Jeddah training centres can serve as a recruiting platform for outstanding candidates who wish to work for the British Council
  • The centres course books and supplementary materials trainees can use for lesson planning and study


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.


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. 

Where is this course taught?

How 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.

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. 

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


Download and complete the following document based on the city in which you wish to apply:

  • CELTA application and language analysis task for Riyadh
  •   CELTA application and language analysis task for Jeddah

Completed forms should be returned by email to:

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

Fees and course dates

Fees  : SR 13,000

After a successful outcome of the application and interview process, a minimum deposit of SR 6,500 is required in order to reserve a place on a CELTA course.

The remaining fees must be paid at least 30 working days before the start of the course.

All deposits and fees are non-refundable.


Course dates

Men's teaching centre Riyadh

Date of course Course type Course times Application deadlines
14 December 2014- 8 January 2015 Intensive 

Sunday - Thursday

8.30 - 17.30 

27 Nov 2014

Women's teaching centre Riyadh

Date of course Course type Course times Application deadlines
14 December 2014- 8 January 2015 Intensive

Sunday - Thursday

8.30 - 17.30 

 9 October 2014 

Men's centre Jeddah

Date Of Course

Course Type

Course Times

Application Deadline

28 January 2015 – 25 April 2015


Monday or Wednesday: 16:30 – 20:30

Saturday: 9:30 – 17:30

31 December 2014

Women's centre Jeddah

Date Of Course

Course Type

Course Times

Application Deadline

2 August – 27 August 2015


Intensive at Dar Al Hekma University

Daily: 9:30 – 17:30

30 June 2015

Khobar Men's and Women's centre

Date of course Course type Course times Application Status
Currently no courses scheduled