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Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (QCF) – 120 credits

Purpose of the qualification

The Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training prepares trainee teachers to teach in a range of contexts. There is a significant practice requirement as this qualification will assess, and provide evidence of, competence when undertaking teaching and/or training responsibilities.

It can meet the needs of a range of trainee teachers, including:

  • Individuals who are not currently teaching and training but who can meet the practice requirements, including the observed and assessed practice requirements, of the qualification;
  • Individuals who are currently teaching and training (including those who have just begun teaching and training) who can meet the practice requirements, including the observed and assessed practice requirements, of the qualification;
  • Individuals who are currently working as assessors and who wish to achieve a teaching qualification.

Some units from the Learning and Development suite of qualifications may be achieved within this qualification. These units require practice to be assessed.

This diploma qualification in the QCF is recognised as equivalent to the Certificate of Education qualifications in the FHEQ. The qualification is at Level 5, although it may be developed at higher levels.

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Entry requirements

All trainee teachers joining the generic qualification programme should undertake an initial assessment of skills in English, mathematics and ICT. They should record their development needs and, where applicable, agree an action plan to address them. If trainees join the qualification programme having already undertaken an initial assessment of their English, mathematics and ICT skills, their record of development needs and any previous action taken to address them should be reviewed and updated as required

Practice requirement

The practice component is a vital aspect of high-quality initial teacher training.

There is a requirement for a minimum of 100 hours of practice and a requirement to evidence working with groups of learners to achieve this qualification.

There are different practice requirements for each unit in this qualification. These are detailed in Annex 2. In addition, details of the practice requirements for the optional units are available in the separate guidance document, Qualification guidance for awarding organisations: Optional units for QCF Education and Training qualifications (LSIS, 2013).

LSIS recognises that an effective teaching practice experience should ideally include:

  • Different teaching practice locations/settings/contexts;
  • Teaching across more than one level;
  • Teaching a variety of learners;
  • Teaching individuals and groups;
  • Experience of non-teaching roles; and
  • Gaining subject-specialist knowledge through workplace mentoring.


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Campus life


Getting involved in the college’s cultural and sporting activities gives you the opportunity to visit new places, experience something new, and relax in a more informal environment with other students studying at the college.


The Level 5 Diploma in Education & Training is extremely current and progressive and is very relevant to the curriculum. It allows student teachers great opportunities to incorporate IT into the classroom, and integrate curricular areas with new media.

Arifa - UK August 30, 2014