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Diploma in Education and Training (DET) Level 5

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Course outline

Previously known as DTLLS, this course is designed for full and part-time teachers who hold a full teaching role. You’ll have the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised full teaching award and work towards qualified teacher status in lifelong learning (QTLS). 

You’ll develop skills to enable you to refine and improve your teaching and learning as well as use constructive reflection in order to enhance your continuing professional development.

The course covers a number of topics over the two years including: 

  • identifying and supporting individual student needs
  • learning theories
  • economic and political influences in the lifelong learning sector
  • curriculum design
  • behaviour management
  • reflective thinking
  • effective assessment

You could start the course in September or January.

Next steps

Applications for this course open in September 2017.

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Pelham Avenue Nottingham NG5 1AL


03 September 2018 - 26 June 2020

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Diploma in Education and Training (DET) Level 5


2 years part-time

Level Level 5
Entry requirements

You will need a relevant Level 3 qualification plus GCSEs in English Language and Maths at grade 9-4 (A*-C).  

You must hold a Level 3 qualification in the subject matter you are teaching.

You should already be employed as a teacher in the FE and Skills sector with sufficient class contact time (50 hours minimum each year) - this can be voluntary. You will be teaching groups (minimum of 5, on occasion 12 or more) of mixed ability/level learners.

You will be invited to an interview and will need a satisfactory CRB/DBS check and references.

Teaching & assessment

You’ll be assessed continuously over the two years. Each module is assessed by assignments which include: reports; projects; essays; and case studies.

You’ll also produce a professional development portfolio which focuses on teaching practice and involves lesson observations. 

The second year is delivered in a more blended approach with a mix of classroom attendance and online work. 


DET qualifies you to teach in the lifelong learning sector and gives you an opportunity to apply for QTLS status through the Education and Training Foundation.

A person with QTLS status and membership of the Education and Training Foundation will automatically be recognised as a qualified teacher in schools. You could also progress to a BA (Hons) or master’s degree in education. 


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