Can anyone take these courses?

The online courses available on TeachingEnglish are developmental courses for in-service teachers. If you are looking for a qualification, or not yet working as a teacher, you might like to try CELTA.

How much experience do I need?

It depends on the course you want to study. Specific information about how much experience you need for each course is available on the individual course pages. You can read about each course by clicking here or pasting the following link into your browser:

What level of English do I need? 

In general, Council of Europe Framework (CEF) level B1 and above is required for the majority of our courses. However, for Primary Essentials and English for Teaching 3 you will need to be at least CEF level B2. English for teaching 1 requires CEF level A2. For more information about CEF, click here or paste the following link into your browser:

What is a moderated course?

These are courses which are led by a moderator (online tutor). You will work with the moderator and other teachers from around the world to complete the course. For each moderated course, there will be a number of live chat sessions and webinars as well as tasks you will need to complete and discussions that you will need to participate in.

What is a self-access course?

These are courses which you work through on your own to complete. These courses have the added option of having your portfolio assessed, in which case a tutor will assess and give feedback on your portfolio as you work through the course.

Do I receive a certificate?

Certificates for all courses are provided as PDFs.

  • Moderated courses and self-study courses taken with assessed portfolio: for participants who successfully complete the course, there will be a downloadable certificate of achievement with the tutor's signature and course grade at the end of the course.
  • Self-study courses without assessed portfolio and the self-study workshops: for participants who successfully complete all tasks, there will be a downloadable certificate of completion at the end of each unit.

Can I have a printed certificate or transcript?

If you would like a printed certificate after you have completed your course, we can send you a signed and stamped letter confirming your course result along with the stamped certificate. There is a £25 (GBP) charge for this service, using standard post. Please contact for more information or to order your certificate. Please enquire for prices if you would like your certificate to be couriered to you using FedEx.

How do I apply?

Please click ‘apply here’ on the course page and complete the application form. We will contact you within three working days with further instructions. 

How do I pay?

The British Council uses PayPal for online payments. When you are accepted on a course, you will be sent payment instructions. You do not need a PayPal account in order to pay, and can pay with most credit and debit cards. PayPal also allows you to pay with an e-cheque. See for more information. Note that if you choose to use an e-cheque, your place on the course will not be guaranteed until the e-cheque has cleared.

How do you store my details?

Your email address will be visible to other participants in your study group only. 

Please note, we do not store our customer's financial details. For more details on the British Council's privacy policy, click here or paste the link below into your browser:

What is the refund policy?

See this page for full details.

What are the terms of sale?

Please see this document.

Can I take a course for free?

We don’t have any free courses but you can try some of our sample units for free - just follow the instructions in this link:

Can I take a face-to-face teacher training course?

Yes! The British Council has an extensive network of teacher training centres. CELTA is just one of the many courses you can take with us around the world - find out which countries we offer it in here. For details of other face-to-face courses where you are, please contact your local British Council office. Choose your country from the drop-down menu on this page for their website and contact details:

If you have any further questions, email us at

If you would like to write to us, the British Council postal address is:

British Council
10 Spring Gardens
London SW1A 2BN
United Kingdom

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