Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (DET)


Awarding Body: City & Guilds – Awarding body course specification can be found here

Duration: 12 Months

Intake: September and February

Location: London

RQF Level: 5

Credit Value: 120 credits for full qualification

Study Mode: Full-time

Tuition Fee: £6000

Entry Requirements:

  • Applicants must be 19+
  • Applicants wishing to undertake the DET programme must be experienced or qualified in the subject area they wish to teach at the appropriate level
  • Applicants must have access to 100 hours of teaching/training practice. (Learners also need a subject-specific mentor to support their studies)
  • Additionally, due to the nature of both the theory and practical assessments, applicants need to have a good level of Literacy and Numeracy


English Language Requirements:

  • International students must fulfil the UKVI requirements by providing a valid SELT (Secure English Language Test)
  • All students will need to demonstrate that their English Language level is equivalent to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) B2


Course Structure and Information: This qualification is suitable for those who work or wish to work as teachers/trainers in the further education and skills sector. Throughout the programme, candidates will demonstrate their ability to transfer the findings of their research into their own practice.

To achieve the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training, students must achieve a minimum of 120 credits; 75 credits must be achieved from the mandatory units and a minimum of 45 credits from optional units (units selected maybe of a higher credit value) and mandatory 100 hours teaching practice must be evidenced. (Micro teaching is not acceptable towards the qualification.

The qualification is designed to enable applicants to:

  • Adopt an integrated approach to the theory and practice of teaching
  • Reflect on their own previous/current levels of experience, practice and skills, and areas for development
  • Identify principles of learning, teaching, assessment and evaluation
  • Develop confidence, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Develop an awareness of their professional role and responsibilities


The units below will be studied for this programme:

Mandatory Units Taught (75 Credits) Unit Credit Level
Unit 501 – Developing teaching, learning and assessment in education and training 20 5
Unit 426 – Teaching, learning and assessment in education and training 20 4
Unit 502 – Theories, principles and models in education and training 20 5
Unit 503 – Wider professional practice and development in education and training 15 5
Optional Units Taught (51 Credits) Unit Credit Level
Unit 505 – Action research 15 5
Unit 422 – Specialist delivery techniques and activities 9 4
Unit 415 – Equality and diversity 6 4
Unit 507 – Managing behaviours in a learning environment 6 5
Unit 506 – Developing, using and organising resources in a specialist area 15 5

* Modules may be subject to change.

Teaching, Learning & Assessment: This course will be delivered on a full-time basis. Group and individual tutorials support will be provided throughout the course. Students will participate in sessions related to developing their academic skills, professional skills, and overall development. Lessons will consist of active learning in a traditional classroom environment. Students will be working through their theory and practical folders simultaneously, and observation on the teaching practice will be conducted in order to monitor the development of their teaching skills. Employment engagement will be embedded within the teaching and learning structure.

Students will undertake a variety of assessments, both formative and summative throughout the course. Variety of assessments methods may include presentations, debates, discussions, research on case studies and practical tasks. The students will be assessed by the submission of a combination of assignments, a portfolio of teaching evidence and observation of teaching. The observations will be linked to the mandatory modules on the course. All Units are graded as a Pass, and final assessment grades are subject to internal and external verification

Student Support: An extensive induction programme will be provided as a first step to the introduction of the various support mechanisms available to students. Support will continue throughout the course, including the allocation of personal tutors for additional advice and guidance to facilitate students’ progression and successful completion of the course. Employability and enrichment activities are embedded within the course to enhance students overall personal, social and transferable skills.

Further information on student support and welfare can be found here:

Student Support and Welfare Webpage

Next Steps: The qualification allows candidates to progress into employment as teachers/trainers or to the following City & Guilds qualifications: 9200 – Professional recognition qualifications 6503 – Level 5 Diplomas in specialist teaching.

On successful completion of the course, students can register for membership with the Society for Education and Training and apply for their Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status. Further details are available at