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Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training

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Course Description

The Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (DET), formerly known as the Diploma to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS), is an exciting new addition to our suite of teacher training qualifications. It is the recognised teaching qualification for the post-16 and adult sector. The course is equivalent to the second year of a UK bachelor’s degree, and is a popular route for prospective teachers who want to pursue a career in further education (FE), or currently hold an FE teaching role and want to gain a full teaching qualification. You can apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status once you’ve successfully completed your Level 5 training. QTLS is equivalent to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in England, and allows you to work as a qualified teacher in state schools as well as FE colleges.

Our 2 year part-time course is open to in-service and pre-service candidates. All candidates must complete a 100 hour teaching practice placement over the two years.

Course fee: £4500 (£2250 per year)


ANGIE SIMMS has over 30 years of teaching experience. She holds PGCEs in Primary and Further Education, and a Masters degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL). She has taught in a variety of schools and colleges including Bradford & Ilkley Community College, and Northampton College before joining Hopwood Hall in 2005.

At Hopwood she has developed a highly successful Teacher Education programme, which now includes the Level 3 Award, Level 4 Certificate and Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training qualifications.

As an Advanced Practitioner in the Quality department, Angie delivers cross-college training to enhance and develop the skills of the Hopwood Hall teaching team, and leads a mentoring initiative to support new and trainee teachers. Angie is passionate about delivering an outstanding experience for all trainees on our Education and Training programme.


Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training

Entry Requirements

  • Level 2 (GCSE) skills in English and mathematics. (You will undertake an initial assessment to demonstrate suitable levels of literacy, numeracy and ICT skills before admission.)
  • A minimum Level 3 qualification in your specialist subject area.
  • You must also meet some non-academic requirements, including a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, and declaration of criminal convictions.


Year 1 – core modules:

  • Teaching Learning and Assessment
  • Theories, Principles and Models

Year 2 - core modules:

  • Developing Teaching Learning and Assessment
  • Wider Professional Practice

Three additional modules will be selected according to demand e.g. ESOL, Inclusive Practice, Action Research, Developing Resources.

Work Experience

100 hours of teaching practice over two years.


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