In this post I will be (briefly) introducing the 5a form. In Delta Module 2 the amount of sheets, documents, forms, things need to be written and taken care of can be daunting for candidates. Thus, in my posts about Delta Module Two I try to write about some things so you can know what is the course like before taking the journey and be more prepared for your Module 2.

In Delta Module 2, your tutors will assess your work using 3 forms: 5a, 5b, 5c. The 5a form is related to your LSAs. For each LSA there is a 5a from.The form is filled by the tutor, and the trainee gets a copy (usually) the day after the RE is sent to the tutor along with oral feedback. 5b is for your PDA assignment, and 5c I have no idea about it because the candidates don’t see it and it’s filled by the tutors.

There are 47 criteria in 5a and they are divided among the 4 parts of an LSA as follows:
BE 15 criteria, 4 categories.
LP 12 criteria, one category.
TP 17 criteria, 4 categories.
RE 3 criteria, one category

Each criterion has 3 possible grades: met, partially met, and not met . Apparently, if one gets few of the latter, they may fail the LSA.

Met: when you completely meet the criteria throughout your whole BE/LP/TP/RE
Partially met: when you meet the criteria on many occasions. That means if you miss it even once, it will be partially met (It happened to me when I cited a reference and accidentally wrote the first name of the author rather than the surname.)
Not met: obviously, one gets that when they don’t do/write the things related to that criteria.

Your 3 5a forms are sent to Cambridge for assessment. The materials of the one LSA (the internals LSAs) will be sent for assessment, it’s usually your strongest, provided it is a system if your LSA4 was a skill, and vice versa.

5a forms can be really helpful while you are working on your LSA. For starters, you can read each category to understand what is required. Also, you can use it as a checklist to see whether you have covered what is required or not.

One thing you should notice is that any given criterion might consist of more than one thing that needs to be done. For instance, in 2c you need to explain with reference to classroom experience, reading and research why you have chose the area you based your LSA on. That is, if you write only about classroom experience, you are going to get partially met. Why? Simply because you haven’t mentioned about your research, or what the literature says about it. So, there’s that.

Another thing is key words. Not that all the words on the 5a are not important, but there are some key words you need to pay attention to. For example,  3b that you need to show a range of learning and teaching problems occurring in a range of learning contexts. That means you need to write about 4 or 5 issues related to this language area. When I was doing module 2 I was recommended to write about 4 or 5 because it might be difficult to show a range with 3 (but might be acceptable I think,) however, it’s impossible to show a range with only two issues. You also need to mention the cause of that issue and associate it with a range of contexts such as the learners’ L1 or their level.

I’d also like to mention that during the course there will be a session about the form. Your tutors will go over all the criteria, and advise you how to address them. After you get each 5a (when you are done with the LSA) your tutor will go with you over the criteria that you got ‘partially met’, and ‘not met’ to tell you why you got that and how to avoid it in your next LSA.


If you have any question, you can ask in the comments sections below 🙂



  1. Hi Ahmad,

    Nice blog. It’s good to see someone who has put so much effort into helping others who are studying the Delta Module 2. I don’t know how you managed to do the intensive 6-week course! It must’ve been brutal. I’m doing the extensive 9-month course 🙁 🙁 🙁 I can’t tell you how much it takes, especially if you’re also working full-time.

    I’d like to take your advice in writing LSAs as I didn’t find a dedicated post on your blog about it. How did you manage to show that your essay included your own voice especially when analysing language for a Systems LSA? I find it challenging to do that and if I just keep quoting authors/sources, I risk producing plagiarised work. Did you use any plagiarism checker websites or apps before submitting your BE? You know Cambridge are very strict and almost unforgiving when it comes to this point, but at the same time it’s very difficult having to write a 2500-word essay with 90% of having your “voice” in it!
    I hope you’d share your experience and help a desperate fellow Deltian.

    • Ahmad Zaytoun Reply

      Hi Sarah! I’m glad that you found the blog helpful. The 6-week course was brutal, that’s true, however, one advantage of it is that you’re 100% focused on the course. On the other hand, your option is also difficult since you would be juggling between the course and your job demands. How’s your Module 2 going? How many LSAs have you done?

      As for using our own voices in the analysis, well, that’s a bit difficult to tackle. The reason is quite simple: we are describing the system as is.
      What I did for my systems (phonetics and grammar) was using my voice to describe why and how that piece of grammar is used, and then list the MFP along with some examples from books. You might be able to use your own voice by comparing and contrasting source. For example: XXX has listed three uses for XXX, while according to YYY it has a fourth use which is … .
      The thing is we can’t add anything since grammar has been like that for ages. You can try writing a chunk of analysis, and have your tutor look at it, and see what they tell you. What I have written is what I did for my LSAs and I passed all of them.

      About plagiarism, I didn’t use any checker, however, once you quote and cite your sources, it’s not considered plagiarism, since you’re not claiming that those as your own.
      I hope that this helps a bit. Let me know if you need any help.
      P.S. some posts are coming soon, I’m just waiting for the end of the academic year to write and post them.

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