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Diploma in Education and Training

Level 5 Diploma

This qualification provides training for those people who aspire to, or hold, a teaching role with an extensive range of teaching or training responsibilities, including those in more than one context. There is a requirement for a minimum of 100 hours of practice so you will need to be teaching or be able to secure a teaching placement.

The Diploma in Education and Training is for anyone teaching or interested in teaching in a lifelong learning setting and in all subject areas including engineering, science, construction, sport science, maths, English, social sciences, languages, SEND, retail, hospitality and catering, leisure and tourism, business, IT, learning technologies, childcare, healthcare and art and design.

This video was filmed in April 2019.

Starts October 2019
Date and time

Year 1 - nine monthly sessions on Tuesdays, October - June - 9.30am-4.30pm

Year 2 - seven monthly sessions, October to June. 9.30am - 4.30pm

Dates to be confirmed

Qualification 120 credits NQF, 60 at Level 4 and 60 at Level 5
Entry requirements

Subject specific qualification at Level 3, English at Level 2 and Maths at Level 2

A cleared DBS check and a subject specialist mentor

A teaching placement or be in a teaching role that provides at least 100 hours of practice over the two years

Length Two years

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Cost £3080 per year. Student loans may be available for this course. To find out more please visit the Student Funding webpages.

Taught sessions

You will meet once a month, approximately, for a taught session. Sessions last for a whole day, typically 9.30-4.30 with breaks and lunch. The days are highly interactive and combine a range of pedagogical approaches designed to model good practice and give you ideas which could translate into your own classroom. This usually involves presentation, whole and small group work, peer learning and assessment and the use of a range of new technologies to support learning.

Observation of teaching

You will be observed on your teaching 4 times in each year. It is anticipated that you will build on and develop your practice throughout these observations. Teaching observations form a key aspect of the summative assessment for this course. Although we work to the Ofsted standards, the emphasis of observations is definitely on development of teaching skills and professional knowledge.

You will also have the opportunity to observe teaching in other contexts. As Further Education is diverse and dynamic sector, and includes organisations such as Colleges, Sixth Forms, Secure Estate, Work Based Learning, Adult and Community Education. Programmes are designed to develop teacher trainees to work across the sector. As such those in a limited setting e.g. working with adults only, will be required to arrange widening teaching visits to develop their experience.


Diploma in Education and Training students complete 9 assignments (over both years). Assignments provide an opportunity for you to link theory to practice and include themes on discourse analysis, teaching methods, action research and curriculum design. Assignments are a key part of the summative assessment for this course. For those who are new to assignment writing, or may not have done this for some time, there is sound support offered from tutors and a range of online materials to help with academic writing.

Reflective practice

As a teacher trainee, you will be required to relflect on your practice; many of the distance study tasks on this course are reflective in nature. You will keep a portfolio of evidence, including distance study tasks, assignments and observation records.

Tutorials and support

All students on the Diploma in Education and Training courses will have a subject specialist course tutor and mentor. Online guidance as well as face-to-face opportunities are integral to this course.

Key features of the course (2019/20)

  • Planning, delivering and evaluating inclusive teaching and learning;
  • Assessing learning in education and training;
  • Understanding theories, principles and models in education and training;
  • Understanding professionalism and the influence of professional values in education and training
  • Action learning
  • Action research

Year 1 - a minimum of 120 class contact hours

Year 2 - a minimum of 96 class contact hours

Trainees will need to study beyond the contact hours stated above in order to complete assessed work.

Trainees in Year 2 and the Post qualification year are subject to Ofsted inspection under the ITE Inspection framework.

This qualification is suitable for you if:

  • you want the opportunity to explore underpinning theories, frameworks and research into effective teaching and learning alongside developing practical teaching skills;
  • you are currently teaching groups of students and want to have your experience and practice accredited;
  • you are not currently teaching but can meet the minimum teaching practice requirement of 100 hours;
  • you are able to undertake a large qualification, lasting one to two years;
  • you have the potential to study at this level, which has the same level of demand as that of a degree course;
  • you are willing to undertake an initial assessment of your skills in English, mathematics and ICT, record your development needs and follow an action plan to address them where necessary.



Penny Ottewill, Programme Lead

Applications are closed for 2019