Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training

The TQUK Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training course is for teachers or trainers who are currently delivering at least 50 hours teaching or training per year.

Location: Online

The Qualification

Who is this qualification for?
This online course is designed to guide you through the TQUK Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (RQF).
It is suitable for teachers, trainers and tutors working in further education, adult and community learning or work-based training within public, private, voluntary or community organisations.

It prepares you to teach in a wide range of contexts and requires observation and assessment of practice.


Entry requirements

You will need to have a minimum of 100 hours of teaching while undertaking the qualification. You will undertake an initial assessment of skills in English, maths and ICT, and the centre will provide opportunities for you to achieve or to update a qualification in maths and English if that is required. It is important to commit to achieving English and maths qualifications during the course.

All applicants will require a subject specialist mentor to support them through their studies — we may be able to assist applicants who are unable to meet this requirement.

What’s involved?

The guided learning hours for the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training course are 360 – 465 hours. As the course assignments are on-line, students may study completely at their own pace.

Learners must meet the following minimum criteria:
• Reading and communication skills should be adequate to meet the requirements of the training.
• Do not have a criminal background which prevents them working, with young people or vulnerable adults, as a teacher.
• Hold a relevant qualification at a level above that of their learners; ideally at least Level 3 in their area of specialism.
• Minimum core of literacy, language, numeracy and ICT.

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What does the qualification cover?

Mandatory Units:
• Developing teaching, learning and assessment in education and training
• Teaching, learning and assessment in education and training
• Theories, principles and models in education and training
• Wider professional practice and development in education and training

Optional Units – Including:
• Action learning for teaching in a specialist area of disability
• Develop learning and development programmes
• Equality and diversity
• ESOL and the learners
• Evaluating learning programmes
• Inclusive practice
• Managing behaviours in a learning environment
• Numeracy and the learners

Topics include:
• planning and enabling teaching and learning
• teaching, learning and assessment techniques and strategies
• teaching a specialist subject
• use of learning resources
• wider professional practice
• action research enquiry
• reflective practice

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Delivery method

You will receive assignment briefs for each of the seven units with guidance on where to access resources and research materials to complete the assignments.

The seven units consist of 4 mandatory units and 3 optional, we have chosen the optional units as this facilitates the course being standardised and helps course costs.

However if you wish to individualise your course by choosing other optional units we can accommodate this, but the cost of the course will reflect this. We can discuss this with you when you contact us.We will be able to give you a full list of optional units on request.

Every two weeks you can join a zoom tutorial class where assignments will be discussed and you will be able to collaborate with your peers. This is not mandatory but can give you the bridge between distance learning and class based learning.

Personal support will be available 5 days a week during office hours by phone and email. Using this you will be able to discuss any issues you are facing with completing the assignments/course, and your dedicated tutor will be available to help you through those difficult moments.

Once the assignment is submitted by email, you will receive a pass or refer grade. Feedback will be given within 3 working days explaining how you have passed the assignment, if you receive a referral, the feedback will clearly explain what you have covered well and give clear guidance, focusing on what you need to do to pass. We do not limit the number of referrals but with our support methods most referred assignments will pass on the second submission.

We do not have assignment submission dates as we want you to be free to complete the course at your own pace. It can be completed within 6 months although you have 1 year to complete all assignments. Extensions are available for unforeseen circumstances, although a small charge may be applied, this is decided on an individual basis and the nature of the circumstances.


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Once you have successfully completed your training, you can apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLs) status.
QTLs is equivalent to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in England which allows you to work as a Qualified Teacher in state schools.

  • Primary School Teacher
  • Secondary School
  • Teacher
  • College Teacher
  • FE Teacher
  • University Lecturer


You will be formally assessed through coursework, and your observed teaching sessions will be assessed by one of your tutors and by your subject specialist mentor.

There must be a minimum of eight observations totalling a minimum of eight hours. This excludes any observed practice completed as part of the Level 3 Award in Education and Training. Any single observation must be a minimum of half an hour.

You will need a qualified Level 5 teacher to undertake the eight hours of observed practice. We will arrange a zoom conference call with them to discuss the requirements, all paperwork will be supplied by us.

Observations will be appropriately spaced throughout the whole programme and take into account a trainee teachers progress.

It may be possible for you to use your own organisations observation reports, however this will need to meet the requirements of TQUK the awarding body. Again we can discuss this with the observer at the initial conference call.

If you are unable to have access to an observer you will be able to record the sessions and submit them to us, and we will be able to write the reports.

Trainee teachers who have achieved the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training can transfer twenty hours of practice and two hours of observed and assessed practice towards the practice requirements for the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (L5 DET).

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