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Education and Training Level 5 Diploma (Formerly DTLLS) Part Time

Why study this course?

The Level 5 Diploma in Education (DET) is a qualification for those who want to teach in the Post Compulsory Education (PCE) sector. Candidates will have career aspirations to teach in Further Education (F.E), Higher Education (H.E) or Adult and Community Learning (A.C.L). The qualification leads to QTLS (Qualified Teacher in Learning and Skills) which is the main requirement to teach in the PCE Sector. QTLS is given for those wanting to teach learners aged over 16 yrs of age and is awarded by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF formerly the IfL). This is different to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which is for those wishing to teach in schools.

As a Level 5 teaching qualification the course content is exactly the same as a CertEd/PGCE in Lifelong Learning and carries the same value and credit with regulators, employers and the education and training sectors. Once you have completed the DET this will enable you to gain QTLS - Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status with the ETF, the professional body for the PCE sector.
The DET course is run over two academic years and learners will be able to become qualified PCE teachers at the end of the course.

The course can be studied either in-service, or pre-service. Placements can be arranged within the Bedford College Group to meet the 100hrs course requirement. The course provides a significant amount of vocational experience throughout the course which ensures that learners are well prepared to apply for teaching jobs once completed.

The course leads to QTLS. QTLS can now be transferred to QTS and this could be a route for teachers wanting to teach in Secondary Education (Schools).

What will I study?

Part-time Attendance at Tresham College will be for one half day a week (unless you are also in placement with Tresham College and this will mean an extra day attendance).

This course will enable you to take a practical and analytical approach to all the aspects of training and education, right from planning and designing learning through to teaching, assessing and supporting learners. You will also cover the theories and principles of education and training and be given the opportunity to embed these in your own teaching and practice.

During the DET course you will have the opportunity to:
• carry our research into education and training
• investigate policies and professionalism in the education and training sectors
• research your own role and potential as a teacher/trainer
• contribute to quality improvement within your own organisation
• help develop quality assurance within your own teaching practice
• demonstrate theories and principles of inclusive teaching and learning in professional practice.

The Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (DET) not only gives you expertise and the chance to investigate the theories and current practice of education, but also gives you the opportunity to demonstrate that you can transfer the findings of your research and investigation into your own teaching practice.

The Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (DET) gives you a minimum of 120 credits and is recognised by Ofqual.

The course content includes four main units.
• Teaching, learning and assessment in education and training
• Develop 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

You will then complete a minimum of two optional units to finalise your work and gain the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training. You will be taught and guided by our team of expert teacher-trainers who are all lifelong educationalists and dedicated to delivering you a valuable qualification in education and training.

Units are assessed by a mixture of: Assignments, Presentations, Microteaching and Observed Teaching Practice.

The course can be studied either in-service, or pre-service. Placements can be arranged within the Bedford College group to meet the 100hrs course requirement. Placements can be arranged for candidates that are not already in a teaching position. This will be discussed during the interview.

What will I be able to do after I complete this course?

On successful completion you will be qualified to practice as a Teacher, or Trainer in the Lifelong Learning and F.E, H.E and ACL sector. Professional Formation for Teachers and Trainers in the Lifelong Learning and FE Sector (QTLS/ATLS). QTLS can now be transferred to QTS and this could be a route for teachers wanting to teach in Secondary Education (Schools).

How will I be assessed?

You will be allocated a dedicated tutor who will assess your work. To progress you will complete various assignments, both theoretical and practical. Your tutor will check your work, they will also provide you advice, support and guidance to achieve the standard required by the City and Guilds courses in Education and Training. There is no formal exam, however the DET course requires that your tutor will observe you teaching your own candidates on a minimum of eight hours/occasions. We'll arrange this with you on a one-to-one basis to suit your schedule.

Is there anything else I need to know when considering this course?

The Level 5 DET qualification replaces the City and Guilds Diploma in Delivering Learning. Certificate in Teaching in Lifelong Learning (DTLLS) and now forms a route to gaining QTLS - Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status. It is suitable for those teaching adults.

Statutory instrument 2012 No. 431, which was laid in parliament on 9 March 2012, amended the 2003 regulations so that holders of QTLS who become members of the Society for Education and Training may be appointed to permanent positions as qualified teachers at schools, without any further induction requirements.

Schools and local authorities remain responsible for decisions on employing any staff including QTLS holders, and ETF maintains the national register of QTLS holders, including those teaching in schools. City and Guilds Diploma in Education and Training is a premium qualification which gives the holder proof of their teaching and training skills, research and independent study as well as the ability to improve quality and implement best practice in their teaching role.

As a Level 5 course the content and validity is the same as the CertEd/PGCE.

The course leads to QTLS (Qualified Teacher for Learning and Skills. QTLS can now be transferred to QTS and this could be a route for teachers wanting to teach in Secondary Education (Schools). To apply, you must complete and return a UoB application form to the Bedford College Teacher Training Department.

There will be a nominal extra tuition fee to cover the Level 3 Award in Education & Training if you do not already hold this. Please enquire for details.

Successful applicants will become a student at both Tresham College and the University of Bedfordshire and will therefore have access to both sets of facilities and amenities within each institution.

You will be required to attend two interviews; one informal exploratory talk with the tutor and one formal interview with the tutor and mentor/department head for which you will have to prepare a micro-teaching session. This process may take several weeks to complete.

Please note that applications received after July 31st, 2021 may not result in a place being offered on the full-time course due to the length of time that the application and placement process takes. Please enquire for alternative course information.

To apply, please:

• ensure you download, unzip and read our information pack (See link on right)
• select the 'Apply online' button below and complete your application in as much detail as possible
• in the Personal Statement section, you must write a full personal statement of 250 words
minimum stating:
o What subject you would like to teach
o What Bedford College department this subject is likely to be based in
o Why you want to become a teacher
o Why your qualifications and experiences to date prepare you well to become a teacher
o Where you see yourself in five years

• in the Qualifications section, ensure you include titles and grades for any degree/s, other teaching awards gained and your highest levels of English and Maths

At this appointment you will also be expected to bring all your supporting documents (including certificates for your degree and accompanying transcript, other teaching awards, Level 2s/GCSE Cs or above in both English and Maths and passport).

If you have any specific queries about the interview process, content of the course, acceptance of other teaching awards, bursaries available, specific dates/times etc. please e-mail

Application deadline
Applications for the full-time DET course will be accepted up until the start of the course but, any candidate wishing to have a placement at Bedford College must submit their application by 31st July 2021. Our full-time DET is very popular and placements with mentors are limited, so we encourage applicants to submit their applicants as soon as possible to avoid disappointmen.