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Diploma in Education and Training (DET) (Level 5) — Part-time

Course outline

This course is currently being phased out and will be replaced by the Cert Ed/PGCE in partnership with the University of Derby in September 2024.

Previously known as DTLLS, this course is designed for full and part-time teachers who hold a full teaching role. You’ll have the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised full teaching award and work towards qualified teacher status in lifelong learning (QTLS).

You’ll develop skills to enable you to refine and improve your teaching and learning as well as use constructive reflection in order to enhance your continuing professional development.

The course covers a number of topics over the two years including:

  • Identifying and supporting individual student needs
  • Learning theories
  • Economic and political influences in the lifelong learning sector
  • Curriculum design
  • Behaviour management
  • Reflective thinking
  • Effective assessment

How to enrol onto this course

It is no longer possible to apply for this course as it is currently being phased out and will be replaced by the CertEd/PGCE in partnership with the University of Derby in September 2024.

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AIM Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (DET) Level 5


2 years

Level Level 5
Entry requirements

You must hold level 3 or equivalent in the subject matter you are teaching and a Level 3 teaching qualification. All candidates applying for the programmes must have GCSEs in English Language and Maths at grade 9-4 (A*-C).

Personal skills
Candidates are required to demonstrate personal skills at Level 3 in English and maths skills at level 2. These personal skills are assessed, as part of the application process, by assessments and interview. You will also be expected to have good IT skills and be familiar with word processing and presentation software.

Each candidate on the course is required to have a mentor. Prior to the start of the course, candidates will need to provide the name and contact details of a senior/experienced professional in their organisation who can act as their subject specialist mentor for the duration of the course. The purpose of the mentor is to support the development of the subject specialist teaching including carrying out one teaching observation for the mentee each year.

Additional requirements

  • Access to 50 paid teaching hours per year (however voluntary will be considered) You will be teaching groups (minimum of 5, on occasion 12 or more) of mixed ability/levels learners. Ideally you will have been in post for at least 3 months before joining the course
  • Completed application form (including evidence of qualifications)
  • Completed reference and support form and letter from employer
  • Current Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Attendance at an information/interview session in which a literacy initial assessment will be provided

Nottingham College is proud to have been awarded the Teaching Excellence Framework Bronze Award for high quality student experience and outcomes. You can read more about this on the Office for Students website.

Teaching & assessment

You’ll be assessed continuously over the two years. Each module is assessed by assignments which include: reports; projects; essays; and case studies.

You’ll also produce a professional development portfolio which focuses on teaching practice and involves lesson observations.

The second year is delivered in a more blended approach with a mix of classroom attendance and online work.


DET qualifies you to teach in the lifelong learning sector and gives you an opportunity to apply for QTLS status through the Education and Training Foundation.

A person with QTLS status and membership of the Education and Training Foundation will automatically be recognised as a qualified teacher in schools. You could also progress to a BA (Hons) or master’s degree in education.

About the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The TEF is a national scheme run by the Office for Students (OfS) that aims to encourage higher education providers to improve and deliver excellence in the areas that students care about the most: teaching, learning and achieving positive outcomes from their studies.

Learn more about the TEF