Diploma in Education and Training (QCF) Year 2 Level 5

Adult Skills & Training

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City & Guilds


Course introduction

This qualification is suitable for those working or volunteering in a teaching or training role.

If you are not formally contracted in one of these positions, you may still be able to complete this qualification. This is providing you have access to 100 hours of teaching whilst completing the qualification. 

Teaching & learning

You will be taught through a variety of methods including:

  • Short lectures
  • Group discussion and work
  • Practical tasks
  • Case studies
  • Demonstration
  • Presentations

Course structure

To achieve a Level 5 Diploma candidates must achieve a minimum of 120 credits.

You will gain 75 credits from the mandatory units which comprise: 

  • Teaching, learning and assessment in education and training
  • Developing 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 

Generic units:

  • Inclusive practice
  • Action learning to support development of specific pedagogy
  • Teaching in a specialist area

Specialist pathways:

There is also the opportunity for you to complete a ‘specialist pathway’ diploma. With this route you will complete the mandatory units and then three specialist units from one of our specialist diplomas. This pathway supports dual professionalism.

Specialist Units – English

  • Literacy theories and frameworks
  • Literacy and the learners
  • Action learning to support development of specific pedagogy

Specialist Units – Maths

  • Numeracy and the learners
  • Numeracy knowledge and understanding  Credit Value 15
  • Action learning to support development of specific pedagogy  Credit Value 15

Specialist Units – ESOL

  • ESOL and the learners
  • ESOL theories and frameworks
  • Action learning to support development of specific pedagogy

Specialist Units – Teaching disabled learners

  • Action learning for teaching in a specialist area of disability
  • Understanding theories and frameworks for teaching disabled learners
  • Inclusive Teaching and learning for disabled learners

All three units from the standalone specialist qualifications are included to provide specialist pathways and the chosen pathway is reflected in the qualification title.

Minimum entry requirements

  • If you are currently or are planning on teaching disabled learners, you should have a minimum of a Level 2 qualification in English and Maths.
  • Those teaching Literacy or ESOL should have a minimum Level 3 qualification in English and Level 2 in Maths.
  • Those teaching Numeracy should have a minimum Level 3 qualification in Mathematics and Level 2 in English. 
  • A DBS/CRB disclosure, proof of identity and certificates of qualifications must be presented at interview for access to the course.
  • You will be required to attend an interview before being accepted onto this course. 

How will I be assessed?

  • Unit assignments 
  • Observation 
  • Portfolio of evidence 

Information & support

You will be required to provide writing materials.

Course fees & Duration

There is a cost of £3,200 (£1,600 per year), plus registration and certification fee.

You may be eligible for a HE loan through Student Finance England.

What can I do with this qualification?

On completion learners may progress to Learning and Development qualifications or Assessment and Quality Assurance qualifications.

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