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School of HumanitiesDELE: Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera

Online preparation courses for the DELE exams

Courses are offered by our centre all year round and are aimed at prospective candidates for the DELE exams and last for 14 weeks.  They cover the different proficiency levels described by the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages): A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, and C2.

Who are the courses for?

The courses are aimed at familiarising learners with the format of the DELE exams and prepare learners to sit the exam.  Students enhance their listening and reading comprehension skills, improve their writing technique and prepare for the exams by reviewing grammar, solving specific grammar and vocabulary problems, studying idiomatic expressions, discussing and analysing texts and drawings, and talking practice exams.   You must have reached the level you want to test yourself for.  The course will help you become familiar with this type of exam and prepare you to pass it.

How can I find out which level I should enrol in?

A1 – Beginner
You can deal with simple exchanges in familiar contexts. You can usually understand enough to keep a basic conversation going.

A2 – Pre-Intermediate
You can understand and express information about the present, past and future. You can deal with most situations involved in travelling around a Spanish speaking country, including communicating most personal and everyday information.

B1 – Intermediate
You can comfortably interact with native speakers. You can participate in discussions and express you point of view in familiar contexts. You can describe experiences in your past as well as explain and give reasons for your plans for the future.

B2 – Upper Intermediate
You can express your ideas on general topics clearly in both the spoken and written form. You are familiar with and can competently use more complex structures and have a good level of fluency and broader vocabulary including some idiomatic expressions.

C1 – Advanced
You are capable of understanding most lectures, discussions and debates. You are able to develop a well-structured argument with supporting evidence and explanations in oral and written form. You have broadened your general language capability and vocabulary to feel comfortable operating effectively in social, academic and professional spheres.

C2 – Superior
You have a high level of written and spoken Spanish. You can participate easily in discussions and write well- structured compositions even on complex, unfamiliar situations. You can give clear presentations on complex issues, integrating sub themes and developing particular points.

You can test your level here


What is the fee?

The fee per course is £250.

We are now offering a 20% discount for Strathclyde Staff and Students.


When do they run?

The courses run once a year in late July/early August and last 14 weeks.  The next DELE preparation course will start in late July/early August 2023. 

How is the course taught?

The course will be delivered online although to improve your oral skills there will be some group sessions via Skype/Zoom meetings (virtual lessons).

You’ll be able choose your own timetable and the only thing you need is the use of a computer with access to the Internet.

The computer platform used for these online courses is moodle, which is very user-friendly. It allows a frequent and personalised interaction between tutor and learners, and amongst the learners themselves.

All the materials will be provided and available in moodle at the start of the course. These include a variety of exercises and activities: reading comprehension and listening comprehension (self-assessed),  productive writing (assessed by tutor), live role-plays during oral virtual class, a student forum, external links, etc.


Will I get a certificate?

When the course is completed, you’ll receive a certificate of attendance. 

Enrol for the course

Enrolment for the course will open in late March 2023.


DELE Exams

The University is a centre for the examination in the Spanish Government’s official Diploma in Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE - Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera).

The exams are the official accreditation for the degree of fluency of the Spanish exams. They’re issued and recognised by the Ministry of Education, Culture & Sport of Spain and are organised by Instituto Cervantes and the University of Salamanca.

Examinations are held at the University of Strathclyde in November each year.

The examinations are offered at six levels:

  • A1 (Acceso - Elementary)
  • A2 (Waystage)
  • B1 (Inicial - Intermediate)
  • B2 (Intermedio - Advanced)
  • C1 (Effective Operational Proficiency Level)
  • C2 (Superior – Highest Level)

Exam dates

The November 2023 exam sessions will take place at the University of Strathclyde on Saturday, 18 November 2023.  The enrolment period for this exam ends on 11 October 2023. Places can be booked on our Online Shop later this year.