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Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (DET)


The TQUK Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training is a recognised qualification designed to prepare aspiring educators for a dynamic teaching career. Regulated by Ofqual, this diploma equips trainee teachers, trainers, and tutors with the essential skills and knowledge to excel in various educational contexts. The course strongly emphasises practical teaching techniques, necessitating observation and assessment of teaching practice. Tailored to individual aspirations, learners can engage in curriculum planning, effective delivery of learning sessions, strategy development, and assessment practices. The qualification is suitable for individuals practising within the education sector, who have prior knowledge and understanding of the role and wish to merge that experience with an accredited qualification. The Level 5 Diploma opens pathways to a range of teaching opportunities, while its inclusion on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) ensures industry recognition and the potential for further educational pursuits.

Entry Requirements

Candidates interested in enrolling in the qualification should hold a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent qualification. The entry requirements are essential for both successfully completing the course and pursuing job opportunities:

  • Candidates should already be in teaching roles and have completed at least 100 hours of teaching practice while employed as teachers.
  • Strong knowledge of literacy, language, numeracy, and ICT.
  • Must be actively involved in teaching or delivering sessions, either in a professional capacity or voluntarily, and will be observed in your workplace setting.
  • Proficient reading and writing skills in English.
  • Learners should be qualified or experienced in the subject they intend to teach.

Awarding Body

We are an approved Training Qualifications UK (TQUK) Centre, offering accredited qualifications through this OFQUAL-regulated, globally accredited awarding body. All our teacher training course certifications will be provided by TQUK. TQUK is a leading, modern, and innovative awarding organisation in the UK, providing learning opportunities for individuals worldwide to develop creative and innovative skills. Operating under the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), TQUK has a vast network of 400+ recognised centers across the globe, serving a diverse student population of over 100,000 across 50+ countries. TQUK maintains stringent quality controls to uphold the highest qualifications and customer service standards.

How you will be assessed:

Assessment: The qualification is assessed through a portfolio of evidence, encompassing theoretical and practical knowledge, including written essays and teaching or training observation.

Teaching Practice Requirement: To achieve the qualification, a minimum of 100 hours of practical teaching experience is mandatory, along with evidence of working with groups of learners.

Observed and Assessed Practice: Trainee teachers must complete a minimum of eight observations, totalling at least 8 hours, during the programme. These observations should be spaced out to monitor the progress of the trainee teacher. Previously observed practice completed as part of the Level 3 Award in Education and Training is not counted toward this requirement.

Transfer of Practice: There is no allowance for the transfer of practice from a previously obtained Level 3 Award in Education and Training. However, trainee teachers who hold the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training can transfer 20 hours of practice and 2 hours of observed and assessed practice towards meeting the requirements of the Level 5 Diploma.

Mandatory Units:

Students must study the following modules:

  • Theories, principles and models in education and training –  20 Credits
  • Teaching, learning and assessment in education and training –  20 Credits
  • Developing teaching, learning and assessment in education and training – 20 Credits
  • Wider professional practice in education and training – 15 Credits
  • Teaching in a specialist area – 15 Credits
  • Inclusive practice – 15 Credits
  • Action research – 15 Credits


Successful learners can advance their careers by obtaining Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status, equivalent to QTS in England, enabling them to work as qualified teachers in state schools. With QTLS, learners gain recognition equal to QTS holders in schools, and they can further specialise by pursuing a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) after using the DET qualification as a strong foundation. This progression opens doors to fulfilling teaching roles and continued growth in education.

With QTLS in hand, learners can take their educational journey a step further by considering a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). This additional qualification builds upon the solid foundation provided by the DET and allows for specialization in specific areas of teaching and education. A PGCE can open doors to a wide range of fulfilling teaching roles and can lead to career growth and development in the field of education.

The journey from completing the TQUK Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (DET) to attaining QTLS and, if desired, pursuing a PGCE, provides educators with a rich array of prospects for advancing in their careers and leaving a significant imprint on the education landscape.

Career Progression

  • Training Coordinator or Manager: With the Level 5 Diploma, you can work as a training coordinator or manager, overseeing training programmes, developing curricula, and ensuring the effective delivery of training initiatives.
  • Curriculum Developer: This qualification can enable you to work as a curriculum developer, designing educational programmes and materials for schools, colleges, or corporate training environments.
  • Educational Consultant: Your expertise gained from this qualification can be applied as an educational consultant, advising institutions on instructional strategies, curriculum design, and teacher training.
  • Education Manager or Coordinator: In educational institutions, there is a need for managers and coordinators to oversee curriculum development, teacher training, and educational programmes, and the Level 5 Diploma can prepare you for these leadership roles.
  • E-Learning Specialist: With the increasing technology adoption in education, there is a demand for e-learning specialists who can design and develop online courses. Your qualifications can position you for such roles.
  • Curriculum Developer (Middle East): The Middle East constantly evolves its educational systems, and curriculum developers are needed to create effective and culturally relevant educational materials.
  • Educational Consultant (Middle East): As schools and institutions strive to enhance their teaching methods and curriculum, educational consultants are valuable in providing expertise and guidance.
  • Adult Education Instructor: Your Level 5 Diploma can also make you a strong candidate for teaching adult learners in various fields, especially in adult education centres in the Middle East and Gulf region.

Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (DET)