Education and Training University Diploma level 5 – C6245

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Course Overview

Join us on our part-time programme validated and certificated by De Montfort University. Taught every Monday over two years, this course will introduce you to aspects of teaching, learning and assessment to enable you to develop your work as a teacher, trainer or tutor. This course is for those wanting to work with students who are aged 16 or over and includes areas such as sixth form, further education, offender learning and adult and community education. Once you have successfully completed the course, you will be eligible to apply for QTLS (Qualified Teacher in Learning and Skills status).

The level 5 University Diploma in Education and Training will be offered to candidates who hold a minimum level 3 qualification or significant industrial experience in their specialist teaching area.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

You will study eight modules which include two teaching practice components and a piece of action research. Assignments vary from essays and presentations to collaboration with peers (lesson study). A strong focus is placed on the practical development of you and your classroom performance. It is essential that you have secured at least 100 hours (minimum 50 hours per year) of independent, practical and group teaching hours before the start of the course. This can be paid or voluntary – we may be able to assist you in finding a suitable placement if you are struggling, depending on your subject specialism.

The course aims to establish underpinning knowledge while developing your practical skills associated with teaching, learning and assessment within the education and training sector.

Modules include:
– Planning and Preparing for Teaching, Learning and Assessment – you will develop an understanding of the key concepts relating to the planning and preparation of inclusive teaching, learning, and assessment.
– Investigation and Applying Theories of Learning for Inclusive Practice – this module will provide you with the knowledge and understanding of theories, principles, and models of learning and communication.
– Exploring Principles of Assessment, Evaluation and Feedback – you will learn sound knowledge and understanding of assessment processes and a comparison of techniques to enable learning and progression.
– Wider Professional Development (part one) – the purpose of this module is to provide you with the pedagogical experience to develop knowledge, understanding and skills relating to the planning and delivery of effective teaching, learning, and assessment.

Year 2

The second year of the programme encourages you to build on the underpinning knowledge gained during year one and explore a wider range of concepts in greater detail. In particular, a greater emphasis is placed on independent learning, peer collaboration and professional enquiry with regards to teaching, learning and assessment within your own specialist area.

Modules include:
– Developing Practice through Action Research – this module will enable you to conduct action research on a pedagogical issue relating to your own professional development and practice.
– Developing Effective Practice through Lesson Study – the potential benefits of peer collaboration and peer observation are well documented. It is envisioned that this module builds upon and develops the themes originally explored in module one, enabling you to develop your teaching and learning pedagogy by examining factors that contribute to a positive and inclusive learning environment via collaboration with your peers.
– Designing an Inclusive and Innovative Curriculum – this module will enable you to review curriculum design and content within the varied contexts inherent with the Education and Training sector, exploring the impact that curriculum design can and does have upon inclusive teaching, learning and assessment.
– Wider Professional Development, part two – progressing from the understanding and knowledge gained in part one, you are expected to demonstrate further competence in creating and maintaining an inclusive learning environment through the evaluation of your own practice.

Entry Requirements

To enrol onto this course you must have achieved:

– GCSE grade C/4 or Functional Skills level 2 in English and maths (international students may be required to attain an IELTS score of 6.5)
– A minimum level 3 qualification or significant industrial experience in your specialist area* (If you are unsure, please contact the team)
– Evidence of a minimum of 50 hours per year of independent and practical teaching to groups of students while studying (these hours can be found after you have been interviewed but you will not be able to start the course without them being in place)

*Those intending to teach academic subjects would usually be expected to have a degree in their subject specialism. Those intending to teach in professional or vocational areas would usually be expected to have a professional or industry qualification and experience of working in their respective sector. There is a general expectation in the sector that a teacher should be qualified to at least one level above that at which they intend to teach, hold the highest level trade qualification available or have particularly substantial professional experience.

You will also be required to provide evidence of a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check.

Applicants who have been resident overseas for three months or more over the last five years must provide a criminal record check for that country. The Home Office provides guidance on applying for criminal records checks for overseas applicants (

You will be required to attend an interview with our admissions tutor where you must evidence that you have the appropriate qualifications/experience for the course and a career in teaching in education and training.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by a variety of methods including presentations, written assignments and practical teaching observations.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Total Fees: £2900.00

Additional Costs

In the 2022 to 2023 academic year, the Department for Education is offering FE initial teacher education (ITE) bursaries to support pre-service training of teachers in these priority areas:
• Maths
• Science, including Biology, Chemistry, and/or Physics
• Engineering (and/or manufacturing)
• Computing
• Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
• English
Please see the DfE FE ITE bursaries funding manual: 2022 to 2023 for the scope and eligibility criteria for the FE ITE bursary (search FE ITE bursary on The College applies for bursaries on behalf of successful applicants. Bursaries are awarded by the DfE from a limited funding pot on a first-come-first-serviced basis, therefore, applications will be submitted by the College for those trainees who have fulfilled all of the conditions of offer for a place on the course by 31st July 2022. Eligibility will be discussed at interview.


If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

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Course and Career progression

Once you have completed the course you will be a fully qualified teacher in the post-compulsory education and training sector and will be able to apply for QTLS status. You may wish to move on to take a subject specialist qualification in literacy, ESOL or maths, or progress on to an MA in education.

What Happens Next

Apply online via the College website. You will be contacted to attend an interview if required, or you will be sent a conditional offer according to the entry requirements for the course. You will then be invited in to enrol for your chosen course of study.

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