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    Hi all, first of all compliments for the forum is full of useful information, I don't know if this is the right section to post this thread so I apologize in advance if it isn't, anyway I'm a native Spanish speaker I'm fluent in English and I'd like to get the CELTA certification in order to teach English abroad, I'm in my early twenties and I have no university degree but I know that in order to get a work permit as a teacher in some countries one need to have at least a Bachelor's degree, now I don't know much about the UK education system but I found out that the CELTA is a level 5 qualification just like a bachelor's degree so my question is is the CELTA like a Bachelor's degree in full? can I directly access a postgraduate program with a CELTA? and if it isn't like a bachelor's degree is there a way to make it a Bachelor's degree like for example taking some exams at the university? Obviously the same questions apply for the DELTA since it's a level 7 qualification like a Master's degree. Thank you in advance for your help.

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    Default Re: CELTA equal to Bachelor's degree?

    Level 5 is not Bachelor's degree level- it is equal to a Foundation degree and qualifications like HNDs. A Bachelor's degree is level 6.
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    Default Re: CELTA equal to Bachelor's degree?

    Hi, thank you for your reply, and is there a way to go from CELTA (level5) to Bachelor's degree? I mean will the universities recognize it and make me start from level 5 instead of making me start from the beginning (high school diploma I suppose)? this way I should only attend the last year of a Bachelor's degree, and what about DELTA (level 7) and Master's degree?

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    I haven't heard of CELTA being used this way. It's hard to see how a CELTA could be used to replace two years of a university degree unless the degree is in ESL- how would you have covered the materials for those years?

    Another thing to think of is whether other countries will recognise equivalence if you can do it- they set their standards and may only want graduates who have taken a full degree course. The requirements for Korea, one of the key markets, are that the person is a native speaker (with a passport from US, CA, UK, IR, AS, NZ, SA) with a full degree. I am not sure that they would recognise a CELTA and a year at a university as a full degree.

    In the more competitive schools and countries, you may find things more difficult anyway if you are a Spanish national- there's a bias, rightly or wrongly, for native speakers- there are also gender, ethnicity and age biases in some countries, and in some places they even ask for a full-length photo, presumably because they have a bias against people of certain builds and/or looks. If you're going to do it, I would say either do the CELTA then go to places where degrees are not obligatory or get a full degree. With high unemployment among young people in many English-speaking countries, the market is awash with graduates with the CELTA- so much so that salaries are being driven down in many places. These are the people you will be in competition with- it's not just a question of getting a work permit, it's also a question of getting work.

    DELTA can be used that way in MAs- I am not sure whether all do, but I have seen some that do.
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    Default Re: CELTA equal to Bachelor's degree?

    Although DELTA and the Trinity DipTESOL are recognised as Level 7 (Master's level) by the British Office of Qualifications and Examinations Registration, that does not mean that they are universally accepted as Master's degrees, or even as equivalent to Master's degrees..

    In many countries in which a Master's degree is a requirement for a certain level of job, DELTA and DipTESOL are not accepted. If you wish to take a Master's degree in ELT/Applied Linguistics, you may well find that your DELTA/DipTESOL gives you exemption from only a small part of the course and only at some universities.
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    Default Re: CELTA equal to Bachelor's degree?

    Sorry if I was unclear- I meant that some MAs give some exemption for the DELTA. Here are some:
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