Course Details

The TQUK Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (RQF) is a 120 credit Diploma which is regulated by Ofqual. It prepares trainee teachers to teach in a wide range of contexts and requires observation and assessment of practice.  Teaching practice is a requirement of the qualification.

This qualification 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.

Amongst other skills, you will learn to:

  • Plan and develop schemes of work
  • Deliver learning sessions
  • Develop teaching and learning strategies
  • Assessment practices

What qualification will I achieve?

On completion of the qualification you will achieve the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training.  You can also obtain QTLS from this qualification via the Education and Training Foundation.

Course start date

The course will start on Tuesday  24 September and you will be expected to attend on a Tuesday from 09.30 hours until 15.30 hours.

Length of course

This course runs for one year.

Detailed course description

This is a minimum of a 120 credit award.  You must achieve a minimum of 120 credits from two unit groups with a minimum of 61 credits at level 5.

There is a requirement for a minimum of 100 hours of teaching practice.

Group A – 75 Credits (these are the mandatory units and make up 55 of the minimum 61 credits needed with 20 credits being at level 4)

Group A is made up of four mandatory units and all 75 credits must be achieved from this group:

Unit 1  Developing Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Education and Training
Level 5  20 credits

Unit 2 Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Education and Training
Level 4  20 Credits

Unit 3 Theories, Principles and Models in Education and Training
Level 5  20 Credits

Unit 4 Wider Professional Practice in Education and Training
Level 5  15 Credits

To pass this part of the qualification, you MUST achieve both units 1 and 3.  This is because they contain the teaching element of the qualification and the 8 observations.

This mandatory part of the qualification is centred on learning about, and demonstrating competency in a teaching and learning environment.  It looks at planning, teaching, learning and assessment theory, behaviour management theory and strategies and wider issues of professionalism such as the effects of Government policy and the role of stakeholders and external bodies.

Group B are all optional units and a mix of level 4 and level 5 units.

Group B is made up of a number of optional units and you can pick and choose from these.  It is important that you choose the units carefully as they are not ‘taught’ and you will undertake the units on an individual research basis with 1:1 tutorial support.  Some of these
units require an observation or evidence from an actual working environment, such as resources, lesson plans of schemes of work.    These observations are in addition to the 8 required to fulfil the requirements of Units 1 and 3.  The optional units available are shown below:

Level 4 Units

Delivering employability skills – 6 credits
Develop and prepare resources for learning and development – 6 credits
Develop learning and development programmes – 6 credits
Effective partnership working in the teaching and learning context – 15 credits
Engage with employer to facilitate workplace development –  6 credits
Equality and Diversity –  6 credits
Evaluating learning programmes –  3 credits
Identifying the needs of organisations –  6 credits
Inclusive practice –  15 credits
Internally assure the quality of assessment –  6 credits
Manage learning and development in groups –   6 credits
Preparing for the coaching role –  3 credits
Preparing for the mentoring role –  3 credits
Preparing for the personal tutoring role –  3 credits
Teaching in a specialist area –  15 credits
Specialist delivery techniques and activities –  9 credits
Understanding and managing behaviours in a learning environment-  6 credits
Understanding the principles and practices of externally assuring the quality of assessment –  6 credits
Understanding the principles and practices and internally assuring the quality of assessment –  6 credits

Level 5 Units

Action research –  15 credits
Developing and using and organising resources within a specialist area –  15 credits
Managing behaviours in a learning environment –  6 credits

Where will I study?

You will study at Barnsley College Higher Education, Church Street, Barnsley, S70 2AN

What equipment will I need?

You will require stationery items.

How will I be assessed?

There are no examinations.  You will be assessed by production of a portfolio of assignments and observation of your teaching practice.

What can I do next?

You could progress to Teaching 14+ year olds

How much does the course cost?

Course fees: £4995

How do I apply?

Apply directly via UCAS.

Student Finance

As a Higher Education student living in England you may be eligible for the non-means tested Tuition Fee Loan from the Government. See the Fees and Finance page for further information.

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Further information

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