English Language Teaching Certificate in English Language Teaching

About the course

This is a course in English language teaching (ELT) leading to a professional qualification (TEFLi status), that offers you an opportunity to develop basic skills in language and teaching and learning. No previous teaching experience is required.

You can choose to study as an intensive summer course over one month or as a part-time evening course over one year.

You will gain hands-on practical training in the major areas of ELT such as teaching techniques, classroom management and materials development and develop your knowledge of various aspects of the English language.

Contact Dr Claudia Saraceni for more information about this course: claudia.saraceni@beds.ac.uk - Tel: 01582 489359.

  • Apply Via - DIRECT ENTRY
  • Course Level - Undergraduate
  • Campus Location - Bedford Campus
  • Duration - 4 Weeks
  • Attendance - Full-time

Why choose this course?

  • Learn basic skills in English language teaching, enabling you to apply for work as a conversational English teacher
  • Study hands-on in a classroom setting
  • Develop your understanding of the English language
  • Gain skills in self-assessment and critical self-evaluation
  • Explore creativity, initiative and innovation in language teaching
  • Challenge yourself to develop new skills that gives you employment opportunities all over the world
  • Benefit from a course that also teaches you generic and vocational skills such as effective working in teams, meeting time deadlines and communicating clearly

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Unit Information - What Will I Learn?


  • Classroom Practice (LNG017-2) Compulsory
  • Techniques And Skills For Elt (English Language Teaching) (LNG018-2) Compulsory

How will I be assessed?

There are two assessment points:

  • A Teaching Practice Portfolio collecting a minimum of six observed and assessed lesson plans (a minimum of six hours) and associated materials with at least two different levels of proficiency. This should also include an overview and self-evaluation of the teaching practice experience.
  • A portfolio of tasks demonstrating understanding of learners’ needs; grammar and materials development in the teaching context.

Entry requirements

Candidates should:
  • Be able to demonstrate the ability to study at level 5 through previous study and/or experience, for example, having studied for a professional qualification or part or full completion of an HND or degree;
  • Have an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no score lower than 5.5 or equivalent for non-native speakers of English
Additional requirement:
  • An interview with the course co-ordinator may be required.

Students who graduated from our BA English Language with TEFL programme and who successfully completed the unit LNG012-2 Practical Skills for Language Teaching during their degree, may be considered to have the LNG018-2 Techniques and Skills for ELT unit of this course, accredited for prior learning.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

People who have successfully completed this course are teaching in schools, colleges and language institutions in many countries across the world as well as in the UK.

The Certificate in ELT may also lead to our postgraduate study, in particular to the MA in Applied Linguistics (TEFL) and the MA in ELT Management, provided that you fulfil the necessary requirements of those Postgraduate courses.

The Certificate in English Language Teaching (ELT) offers the opportunity to gain an initial, professional qualification to teach English in the UK and abroad. It involves the essential skills, knowledge and practical experience needed to teach English to adults. It is ideal for new teachers to develop their teaching experience through observed and assessed teaching practice. It follows the British Council Accreditation scheme, enhancing your employability prospects and enabling you to launch your career in English Language Teaching.
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Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more

Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.


Physical Education and Sports Science Centre

Sports Hall

The sports hall is an integral space in the School of Sport Science and Physical Activity, complementing discipline leading Sport and Exercise Science and modern biological analysis laboratories, all co-located on the Bedford campus.

The sports hall is a major teaching facility for the University's Sport and Physical Education degree courses which have trained physical educators in the UK for over a century.

Together with its associated facilities it provides our trainee teachers and coaches with a superb environment in which to coach and teach pupils from local primary schools who are also benefiting from this new facility.

The sports hall is proud to host all Bedfordshire Bulls students' sports matches as well as national standard sporting events including British University College Sports championships – one of the few indoor sporting venues in the county to host prestigious tournaments all year round.

The facility also plays host to a number of University promoted Get into Sport activities which are open to all University students and staff.

Specialist labs

Our specialist labs give students a fantastic environment to develop their research skills and expertise, where a student can explore the biology of an elite athlete who could be performing simultaneously within the sports hall.

Few Sport Science courses in the country offer students such unique discipline leading research experience and skills, alongside intimate access to world leading researchers within their field. Students are regularly offered the opportunity to be involved within discipline defining Sport, Health and Exercise Science research

Our state-of-the-art laboratories are purpose built for research and teaching in the fields of exercise and nutrition science. This includes specialised equipment and facilities for assessing human health risk and delivering exercise and diet interventions for health promotion.

This includes:

  • Dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) for assessing bone density and body fat content
  • BodPod and underwater weighing tank for body composition assessment
  • Environmental chamber that controls temperature, humidity, and oxygen levels in the air
  • Wet lab for assessing metabolic and hormone markers in blood

Our £8m Physical Education and Sport Science Centre was used to train athletes in the 2012 Olympics.

Theatre and dance studio facilities

  • 280 seat theatre
  • 80 studio theatre
  • Four fully-sprung dance studios
  • Dance studios equipped with ballet bars, mirrors, audio playback, internet and projection
  • Large dressing rooms with en suite showers
  • A scenery workshop reserved solely for student productions
  • Large 6m by 12m white Cyclorama screen for projection and lighting
  • State of the art HD projectors
  • Full backstage comms system with audio and video relay
  • Extensive lantern stock including Led fixtures, strobes and moving lights
  • State-of-the-art, industry-standard lighting and sound consoles
  • Built in media desk and roll-down screen

Gateway Building

Opened in January 2015 the Gateway is an impressive building featuring high-quality teaching spaces, informal learning spaces, and lecture theatres (including a Harvard style lecture theatre); as well as a new student services centre.


Campus Centre

Campus Centre featuring a 280-seat professional theatre, dance studios, a fairtrade café and social space for students.

Accommodation at Bedford

For on-campus student accommodation choose from luxury living at Liberty Park's modern en-suite study bedrooms or the Student Village which offers standard rooms with shared bathroom facilities, and en-suite rooms with a private shower. All have fully-equipped kitchens. Our rooms are on-campus and have easy access to the town centre and train station.

Subjects studied at Bedford campus

  • Primary Education
  • Secondary and Post-Compulsory Education
  • Education Studies
  • Physical Education and Sport Studies
  • Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Tourism and Leisure
  • Accounting and Business Management
  • Performing Arts and Dance
  • Social Work

Bedford town location

The Bedford campus is a 20-minute walk from the town centre. The University offers a free bus service for staff and students that runs between Bedford town centre and the campus.

Directions to Bedford campus

Bedford offers excellent transport links to the rest of the UK as it sits between the M1 and the A1. The town connects by train to Luton (20 minutes) and London (40 minutes).

How to Apply

Application for this undergraduate course is direct to the University of Bedfordshire.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

Application for this undergraduate course is direct to the University of Bedfordshire.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country
You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

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