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Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (Pre-Service)

  • Fee
  • Duration of course 36 weeks
  • Course type Full-time
  • This course is suitable for H.E. Students

Will the course give me what I want?

Course Content

The course covers the following mandatory units:

  • 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 in education and training
  • Plus a range of optional units that make up the qualification
  • The course includes a full teaching placement and the services of a trained mentor.

Outline of Skills & Knowledge

The aim of the diploma is to provide teachers, trainers and tutors in, or intending to enter, a full teaching role with the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills in order to effectively fulfil the full teacher role and to claim Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status (QTLS).


  • To provide a sound educational basis for teaching in a wide range of learning institutions within the Lifelong Learning Sector
  • To develop the necessary knowledge, skills and attributes for teaching across a wide range of levels, audiences and learning programmes
  • To promote the development of curricula
  • To promote personal and professional development
  • To promote evaluation and reflection on personal and professional practice

What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed to?

Successful students have progressed into teaching employment in the FE sector, gone on to study specialist Diploma’s and gained QTLS status.

How will I learn?

You will be taught in a variety of ways, including practical sessions, but lessons will typically consist of active learning in a classroom environment. You also learn on the job through your teaching placement, and reflecting on your practice.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through completion of a Personal and Professional Practice File (3PF) and 8 observations of your teaching practice totalling not less than 8 hours.

How much time should I be expected to spend on assignments, projects, field trips etc.

In addition to the timetabled 10 hours per week you will plan and deliver at least 100 hours of teaching in addition to your research and assessment requirements. All told you should be able to commit to 4 whole days.

You will be expected to spend approximately 10 hours per week undertaking academic research and producing work for assessment.

Which awarding body is the course validation by?


What qualifications or skills do I need to show I have before I can enrol?

Students who come on the course must have at least a Level 3 qualification in a subject specialism they want to teach in. A degree, or Level 3/4 professional qualification is also a requirement. Candidates are also required to demonstrate a level of English commensurate with the programme (see below).  

Please note applicants can only be enrolled if a suitable teaching placement is available and have undertaken a successful interview with the relevant head of department. We may, in some circumstances, ask for a reference.

Expected prior knowledge

As above prior knowledge of a subject specialism is a requirement of entry, but candidates do not need to have any any formal teaching experience.

English level

You are expected to have a Level 2 qualification in English.

Before/when you join the course you will take an initial assessment to determine your level.

Mathematics level

You do not need a specific Mathematics qualification to join this course, but you should be aware that teaching professionals should be qualified to Level 2.


The College has links with several organisations which specialise in student accommodation. These offer a range of types of accommodation and prices vary depending on location, homestay or independent living, whether meals are required and whether you want a single or shared room. The College does not have its own accommodation. Click here for more information.

Equipment and other costs

If you are a UK student planning to study a full-time or part-time higher education course you may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of your course. If you study full-time you may also be eligible to receive a maintenance loan and a grant to assist you with living costs.

These loans do not require repayment until you have finished your course and you are earning more than £21,000 per year, although you can start repaying them sooner if you wish. Click here to find out more.​​

To apply for this course please do so via UCAS, the UCAS reference for this course is 1J22.

If you need help before choosing your course, please call 020 7258 2721, email or come along to one of our Open Days.​​​​

Important Information

Please note that to ensure students get the best experience possible, our Higher Education courses will run subject to numbers. If we are unable to meet our minimum threshold, we will aim to direct you to a provider who has a similar offer. Please also ensure you are familar with our HE Terms and Conditions before you apply.