What's covered?

The City & Guilds Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (DET) is a teaching qualification for those teaching in the Learning and Skills Sector (Further Education and Sixth-form colleges, adult and community education and work-based learning). It is designed for full or part time workers, paid and voluntary, permanent or temporary, as well as day or night workers.

The DET is an 'in-service' qualification designed for those working or wishing to work as teachers/trainers in England and as such has a teaching/training practice requirement. It may be possible for pre-service teachers/trainers (defined as those who are not formally contracted as teachers/trainers) to also complete this qualification. All candidates, whether pre-service or in-service must have access to 100 hours of teaching which is organised by the trainee and is a course entry requirement (the College does not provide teaching placements).

Trainees study all aspects of planning, delivering and assessing teaching and learning in the Learning and Skills Sector (Further Education and Sixth-form colleges, adult and community education and work-based learning). Trainees reflect on their own teaching practice (a minimum 100 hours of teaching practice) to develop their knowledge and skills.

The course is made up of the following units:

  • Theories, principles and models in education and training (20 credits)
  • Teaching, learning and assessment in education and training (20 credits)
  • Developing teaching, learning and assessment in education and training (20 credits)
  • Wider professional practice and development (15 credits)
  • Inclusive practice (15 credits)
  • Action research (15 credits)
  • Developing, using and organising resources in a specialist area (15 credits)

What do you need?

To be educated to at least Level 3 in the subject you wish to teach. (Please note that employers usually require those teaching Level 3 (e.g. A level courses) or above to have a degree in the subject they will be teaching).

To have achieved an initial Teacher Training qualification such as Level 3 Award in Education and Training/PTLLS. Achievement of a Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training will provide some prior learning credits towards the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (subject to validation).

Level 2 English and Level 2 Maths (or be working towards this if Maths is not your specialist subject).

A guaranteed minimum of 100 hours teaching (paid or voluntary) over the duration of the course.

A mentor.

How you are assessed

Through written assignments and observations of your teaching in your workplace carried out by the teacher training team. In addition to attending the taught sessions on a weekly basis, you will be required to attend individual tutorials with your trainer. You will also need to protect at least 4 hours of additional study time per week in order to successfully complete the course and achieve the qualification. You must be able to commit to attend the full length of the course, and organise your time and assignment work to meet the course deadlines.

How Long?

One evening per week, 66 weeks over 2 years. The delivery will be classroom based with some on-line elements.

What course next?

This qualification may be sufficient to suit your employer's needs and your own personal and professional development requirements. Those who wish or need to may progress onto a subject specialism top up teaching ESOL, Literacy, Numeracy or PLDD.

What could this lead to?

Your first paid teaching post if you do not already have one. Fully qualified status through gaining Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status (QTLS) upon completion of professional formation through the Education and Training Foundation.

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Contact us on 01753 793288 to check whether you might be eligible for a reduced fee.

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