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Why do a CELTA in Brighton?

Updated: Jan 18

Why do a CELTA in Brighton?
Enjoy sun, sea and a not-so-sandy beach doing your CELTA course in Brighton

Brighton is one of the most popular destinations for tourists visiting the UK, and it's easy to see why. Brighton is a young, fun destination on the south coast of England that has been attracting tourists since the eighteenth century.

Here are just some of the reasons to spend time in Brighton:

  1. The seaside: Brighton has a beautiful seafront. Its famous pebble beaches are home to sunbathers and seagulls and its historic pier, over 500 metres long, has been the site of romantic strolls for well over 100 years.

  2. The arts: Brighton is home to the Brighton Fringe, England's largest cultural festival, which takes place every May. Brighton is also home to numerous concert venues, pubs and clubs, and there are enough gigs, plays and exhibitions to fill every night of the week.

  3. The people: Brighton is famously diverse. In fact, in the 2022 census, Brighton and Hove was shown to have a higher proportion of people identifying as LGBTQ+ than any other borough in the UK. Brighton is also a young city, with lots of students and an international vibe with many foreign language students.

  4. The location: Brighton is directly south of London and is on a direct train line. The Thameslink takes less than an hour from London Bridge to Brighton. Brighton is also a short direct train ride from Gatwick Airport.

  5. The education: Brighton boasts two large universities, a medical school and four colleges of further education. It has a large student population of over 30,000 people.

Because Brighton is so popular with tourists from the UK and abroad, it's no surprise that it is also popular with language students, who travel here in large numbers to study English. There are almost twenty schools dedicated to teaching English to foreign students in Brighton. This means that Brighton is one of the hubs for the ELT (English language teaching) industry in the UK. Most of these schools teach adults year round. They also teach travelling school tour groups throughout the year who arrive from many countries, mainly in Europe. Summer is when things really ramp up. Adults come to the UK for short study holidays and thousands of children and teenagers come in large groups during their school summer holidays. This means that this is prime hiring season for teachers. All schools get bigger and some grow to as much as five or six times their regular size in the summer season. Lots of schools open summer camps and additional locations for the month of July.

There is very high demand for English teachers in the UK, especially in summertime and Brighton is a hub for this. As Brighton has so many schools and there is healthy competition between schools for candidates for teachers, this means that pay rates in Brighton language schools are often more generous than in other cities. All recognised English language schools in Brighton require that their teachers have a CELTA or equivalent and so a CELTA really does mean that it can be possible to get a job in Brighton very quickly after finishing your CELTA course.

DC Teacher Training are very proud to be offering Cambridge-accredited CELTA courses at the English Language Centre in Brighton, in their state-of-the-art, roomy facilities. We are offering both full-time and part-time CELTA courses in Brighton and all our Brighton CELTA graduates will be introduced to ELC's friendly recruitment team if they'd like to take their first steps as a qualified teacher in lovely Brighton.

Dr Connor O'Donoghue hails from Ireland and he started teaching English as a foreign language in Poland in 2003 and he became a CELTA trainer in 2008. He has taught and trained in Ireland, the UK, France, Italy, Slovenia, Macedonia, Poland, Russia, Kazakhstan and Vietnam. Connor also holds a Masters and a PhD in Education from Trinity College in Dublin. He has previously managed large teacher training centres in Vietnam and in London before founding DC Teacher Training.


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