Level 5 : Diploma in Education and Training

The Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training is a teaching qualification which has a teaching/training practice requirement. It is an ‘in service’ qualification designed for those working or wishing to work as teachers/trainers in England. It may be possible for pre- service teachers/trainers (defined as those who are not formally contracted as teachers/trainers) to also complete this qualification. All candidates, whether pre-service or in-service must have access to 100 hours of teaching.

Candidates who successfully complete this qualification will take an analytical and practical approach to all aspects of planning, delivering and assessing inclusive teaching and learning. Whilst doing this, candidates will embed theories and principles in Education and Training and demonstrate them in their practice. Candidates will also carry out research into professionalism in Education and Training policies and consider their impact on their role and their accountability as a teacher/trainer. Candidates will also have the opportunity to contribute to quality improvement and quality assurance within their own organisation.

The PQS Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training is for individuals who would like to work or are currently working within FE Colleges, Independent Training Providers and/or Local Authorities.

  • It is designed:

  • ⦁ For individuals who work or who want to work as teachers/trainers in the further education and skills sector.

  • ⦁ For teachers/trainers who are seeking career progression in their area of work.

  • ⦁ For individuals who work with learners on a one-to-one basis.

  • ⦁ For individuals who have already achieved some Learning and Development units that can be carried forward into this qualification.

  • ⦁ For individuals who teach in industry.

  • ⦁ For individuals currently working as assessors, who wish to achieve a teaching/training qualification.

  • ⦁ For individuals who have completed the Level 3 Award in Education and Training (L3 AET), or Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) and wish to progress.

  • ⦁ For candidates who have completed the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training (L4 CET) or the Level 4 Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS), and wish to progress.

This is a 120 credit qualification and the Guided Learning Hours are 480 hours.



  • Modules:

  • ⦁ Teaching, learning and assessment in Education and Training (20 Credits).

  • ⦁ Developing teaching, learning and assessment in Education and Training (20 Credits).

  • ⦁ Theories, principles and models in Education and Training (20 Credits).

  • ⦁ Wilder professional practice and development in Education and Training (10 Credits).

  • ⦁ Developing using and organising resources in specialist area (15 Credits).

  • ⦁ Inclusive practise (15 Credits).

  • ⦁ Action research (20 Credits).

  • Assessment

  • The qualification will be assessed by a combination of assignments, a portfolio of teaching evidence and observation of teaching or training. Simulation of teaching (micro-teaching) is not permitted for this qualification..
  • Essay Type Assignments (Theory Assessment) - You would get the Guidance Notes on how to answer the theory assignments to keep you on track.

  • Planning & delivery of at least 8 sessions - 1 hours minimum (Practical Assessment) - The sessions can be done on any topic of your choice, preferably the subject that you specialise in. You would be observed and assessed by a tutor/assessor for at least 8 hours out of the 100 hours of teaching practice. The assessor may observe you live or via Skype.


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