About this course

The Distance DELTA is a unique programme for experienced English Language Teaching (ELT) professionals. Developed by International House London and the British Council, the programme prepares experienced teachers for the Cambridge Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults (DELTA). The course is accredited and the qualification is awarded by Cambridge Assessment, a part of the University of Cambridge.

Who is the course for? 

The Distance DELTA is for practising teachers in the field of ELT who wish to upgrade their qualifications and are keen to develop their teaching skills. Designed for teachers who would like to continue working while they study, the Distance DELTA provides an alternative to intensive and part-time face-to-face courses.

As with any distance learning programme, it is important that you consider carefully if your own learning style and environment would make you an effective distance learner. To follow the Distance DELTA programme, you need to be able to dedicate a minimum of ten to 15 hours per week, over eight months, to DELTA-related work and you need to be able to work to set deadlines.

How does the course work?

The Distance DELTA is an integrated programme which enables you to follow a DELTA course whilst still working in your school or institution. The eight month programme involves a two-week Orientation Course run at our teaching centre. You will also need to complete a distance learning component, which covers all aspects of the Cambridge DELTA syllabus and assessment.

The course consists of three modules, which can be completed independently:

Module 1 is a written examination on language and methodology
Module 2 involves supervised teaching practice, observation of other teachers, and completion of a range of written assignments
Module 3 involves in-depth research and an extended written assignment


Applicants must:

  • have an entry-level EFL qualification (CELTA or Trinity CertTESOL)
  • two or more years of teaching experience in a variety of contexts
  • have a tertiary level of education
  • have a good awareness of language and an advanced competence in both written and spoken English (CEFR Level C2)
  • have the ability to work independently and complete the teaching practice and written assignments


Applications are made directly through the Distance Delta website. When applying, please select "Colombia" as your preferred teaching centre.

Where is this course taught?

Times and prices

We usually offer the Distance DELTA course once a year, subject to demand.

The cost of the two-week DELTA orientation course run by the British Council Colombia at our centre in Bogotá is £200 GBP. For information about the costs of the online learning component, please see the Distance Delta website

For further information about course dates and fees, please contact servicioalcliente@britishcouncil.org.co