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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.

Student Profile video
Watch this video of second year student Louise Rooney to find out why she chose the DET course and what she hopes to get out of it:

This video was filmed in December 2015. All opinions expressed in the video are the student's own.

Starts October 2018 Please click here to apply
Date and time

Nine monthly sessions on Tuesdays, October - June. 9am-5pm.

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.

IELTS 7.0 or equivalent (speaking and listening at 7.0) with no other component below 6.0.

Length Two years

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Cost £3000 per year. Student loans may be available for this course. To find out more please visit the Student Funding webpages.

Key features of the course (2017/18)

  • 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.

1. Further Education is diverse and dynamic 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. Information about these visits will be provided on programme.

2. All trainees will be expected to pass the teaching practice component. If the trainee has not reached good in their teaching practice by the end of programme, they will be required to undertake further observations.

3. 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