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Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (DELTA)


What is the DELTA ?

The DELTA is Cambridge’s Diploma-level course in teaching English to speakers of other languages. At OfQual Level 7 (the official body for educational standards in England and Wales), the DELTA is considered in the UK to be a Masters level course.  

Why apply for DELTA ?

If you are an experienced teacher who wants to take their teaching to the next level, the DELTA is for you. It is an internationally recognized diploma that opens the door to opportunities in educational management, teacher training, and prestigious teaching positions worldwide. 

Who is DELTA for?

  • English language teachers who have been teaching for at least one year

  • English language teachers who want to progress into more senior roles such as head of English and teacher training

  • Experienced teachers who want to extend their expertise in a specialist area



You are eligible to take the course if you are at least 20 years of age, have a C1 level in English, and have at least one year of teaching experience. 


​The three modules of the DELTA are assessed separately, and can be taken in any order. Very often, though, people opt to take Module 1 first.  

  • Module 1 focuses on extending and developing candidates’ knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning English in a range of contexts. It is a paper-and-pen test administered at TQ centers. The test itself is offered only twice a year, in the beginning of June and the beginning of December. 

  • Module 2 focuses on developing awareness and expertise in the principles and professional practice of teaching English in a range of contexts. It can be taken at any time, both online or in person, and is assessed by means of 4 Language Systems and Skills and Assignments. Each assignment is accompanied by an observed and assessed lesson taught in the context of the candidate. 

  • Module 3 allows the candidate to explore a specific field of English language teaching in depth, and culminates in the submission of an assignment. There are two options for the format and content of the assignment:  The design of a course program which extends the practitioner’s expertise in a specialized area of ELT; A written project focusing on an aspect of ELT management, ranging from human resources management to marketing or customer service. 


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