CELTA is an internationally recognized TEFL certificate awarded by Cambridge English, part of the University of Cambridge. The course sets you up with the essential background knowledge, hands-on teaching experience and classroom confidence to qualify you as a teacher of English to adults as a Second Language (ESL).


Why do the CELTA at British Side?

Our School

Founded over ten years ago, British Side is renowned for its commitment to quality in the field of ELT (English Language Teaching). Our school is the largest provider of Cambridge English services in Turkey and the Middle Eastern region. We are centrally located with easy access to public transport and shops. We have a high quality restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner for well-deserved break times as well as our comfortable roof-top terrace which offers fabulous views of the Bosphorus.

Our Staff

At British Side we continue to maintain our high level of quality due to the experienced staff we employ. Our teacher training department consists of both full-time and freelance tutors. All of our tutors are fully CELTA and DELTA qualified with several years of teaching and training experience in ELT.

What we Provide

As well as a fully supportive and committed team to help you achieve your goal of becoming a qualified English teacher, British Side provides you with:

  • All resources and course books you’ll need for your teaching practice; including all photocopying/scanning facilities for the course.
  • Access to all technology; our classrooms are well-equipped with projectors, laptops, whiteboards, sound systems, and WIFI is available on every floor. 
  • A resource library for CELTA participants to help you research for your assignments.
  • Student’s resource library

Our Courses

You can take the CELTA course in one of four ways. We offer:

  • Full-time courses (4 weeks) - summer intensive course.
  • Part-time courses (8 weeks) - Tuesday, Thursday evening and Saturday classes for teachers already working part-time.
  • Online courses (12 weeks) with flexible ‘Teaching Practice’ options for local or international candidates.

Who does the CELTA?

CELTA candidates are not required to have any previous teaching experience as the course provides you with the basic skills and techniques to become a confident teacher. Candidates with some previous teaching experience also benefit from taking the course as they refine their teaching skills and techniques, as well as gain an invaluable qualification for future employment. Candidates are required to be at least 18 years old with a high C1 or C2 level of spoken and written English. Applicants are also assessed on their potential to develop themselves through feedback and reflection. It is free to apply!

Gain Practical Experience

As British Side is a fully functioning language school, we offer CELTA candidates the unique opportunity to gain practical, unassessed and paid* teaching experience. You have the opportunity to run additional conversational classes or even our SAC events to help you build your classroom confidence and experience. Ask us how!


For our international candidates, British Side offers assistance in finding affordable accommodation for the duration of the course in Istanbul. Our recommendations will be sent on request. Accommodation is not included in the cost of the course.

*(at the admin rate in Turkish Lira)

See below for our 2018-2019 schedule
CELTA Full-Time
4-weeks intensive: 26 Nov – 21 Dec, 2019
CELTA Full-Time
4-weeks intensive: 07 Jan – 01 Feb, 2019
CELTA Online
12-weeks : 07 Jan – 29 Mar, 2019
9 weeks: 04 Mar – 03 May, 2018
CELTA Full-Time
4-weeks intensive: 17 Jun – 12 Jul, 2019
CELTA Full-Time
4 weekss: 15 Jul – 10 Aug, 2019

£1200 (including tax) for in-house part-time and full-time courses.
£1300 (including tax) for the online course
The fee includes input and teaching practice materials and the Cambridge assessment fee. Fees can be paid in GBP or Turkish Lira at the current rate for exchange.