Education & Training Level 5 Diploma

Part Time

About the course

This course runs over two academic years from September 2021 to June 2022. This is a 120-credit course and is run on a part time basis, with attendance on a Thursday evening. You must be employed or working as a volunteer and have responsibility for the teaching and delivery in order to meet the requirements (students need to be aged 14+). There is a requirement to be teaching and relevantly qualified/competent in your subject area. You cannot achieve either year without evidence of teaching practice and observations of practice.

Throughout the qualification, there is a need to demonstrate your competency against the Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers as well as the knowledge and understanding of the Minimum Core specification in literacy, numeracy, language and ICT as it relates to your own specialist area and a requirement to reflect on your practice. Progression from the DET can include Qualified Teaching & Learning Status (QTLS) or a PGCE.

The programme is suitable for those who:

  • Want the opportunity to explore underpinning theories, frameworks and research into effective teaching and learning alongside developing practical teaching skills;
  • Are currently teaching and want to have their experience and practice accredited;
  • Are able to undertake a large qualification, lasting one to two years;
  • Want a qualification recognised as equivalent to the Certificate of Education qualifications;
  • Can evidence Level 3 skills in English or mathematics if they are taking any of the specialist units in teaching English (literacy and/or ESOL) or mathematics (numeracy).

Year one

  • Teaching, learning and assessment in education and training (M)
  • Includes understanding the role and responsibilities of a teacher in education, agreeing individual learning goals, planning, delivering and assessing inclusive teaching and learning. You need to create and maintain an inclusive learning environment and evaluate your own practice.
  • Developing teaching, learning and assessment in education and training (M)
  • Includes investigating practice in own area of specialism, applying theories, principles and models of learning, communication and assessment in relation to planning, delivering and assessing inclusive teaching and learning
  • Theories, principles and models in education and training (M)
  • Includes the applications of theories and models of curriculum development within own area of specialism. The application of theories and models of reflection and evaluation, teaching and assessment. (Theory Unit).
  • Wider professional practice and development in education and training (M)
  • Understanding the professionalism and professional values in education and training, the policy context of education and training, the impact of being accountable to stakeholders and external bodies, and the organisational context of education and training.

Year Two

A minimum of 3 optional units (45 credits)

You will choose from a wide range of optional units, these do vary in size so need to be looked at carefully to ensure 45 credits are met and some will require additional observations.

  • Inclusive Practice
  • Delivering employability skills
  • Equality & diversity
  • Working with the 14-16 Age Range in the Learning Environment
  • Develop and prepare resources
  • Literacy theories and frameworks
  • Numeracy knowledge and understanding
  • Literacy and ESOL and the learners
  • Managing behaviours in a learning environment

The portfolio should reflect your development as a teacher over the period of the qualification.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum Level 3 subject specialist qualification (A Level or equivalent working experience) and a Level 2 qualification in Maths and English (GCSE A-C or equivalent), ICT literate is also essential..
  • Teaching at least 100 hours and be preparing and delivering the sessions over an 18 month to 2-year period.
  • Note: Enrolment is subject to interview and suitable initial assessments
  • This course is for students aged 19 and over, who are in teaching roles (or can get teaching hours) with students who are aged 14 and over.

Where next?

Next course: Thursday 23rd September 2021 18.00 – 21.00

Work experience and employability

You must have access to teaching hours as there are 360 contact hours (directed study time) and 840 non-contact hours (self-directed study) which includes 100 hours of teaching practice as a minimum, observation of practice over a minimum of eight occasions, which must meet the required standard, set by Ofsted/Awarding Body.

What additional resources will I need?

Portfolio if you prefer paper based, access to a computer. We recommend a number of books; however, the majority are accessible through the college library.

Fees information

Course fees: £4,000.


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