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This course is designed for 19+ adults and is an in-service qualification designed for those working or looking to work as teachers/trainers in England to gain a full teaching qualification for employment, promotion or QTLS.

The Diploma in Education and Training (DET) Level 5 qualification has a teaching/training practice requirement. 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.

The course covers units such as Teaching, learning and assessment, Inclusive Practice, Developing and using resources within a specialist area and Wider professional practice and development in education and training. Units are taught on site by a team of excellent cross college staff, who support the Trainee Teachers to deliver lessons to students and build their own professional practice.

The course will run over 5-6 hours per week and will include an evening session. All candidates, whether pre-service or in-service must have access to 100 hours of teaching.

  • Sector Overview

    Working in education can be incredibly rewarding. You'll use your knowledge and skills to inspire and educate the next generation and the variety of your job means that you'll gain plenty of transferrable skills in return. Job satisfaction is guaranteed as you get to watch young people learn and develop. What's more, you'll have ample opportunities to progress your career. Teachers also enjoy great job security and other benefits such as a competitive salary, generous holiday allowance and a pension.   

    Future employment for teaching professionals is set to increase by 4.7% nationally in 2026.

  • Entry Requirements

    The entry requirements for this course are:

    • You must hold a Level 2 or equivalent in maths and English
    • You must hold a minimum of a Level 3 in the subject you want to teach which you need to evidence by showing relevant certificates
    • You will be required to attend an informal interview which may include completing an assessment based on your prior qualifications
  • What will I study?

    This course consists of the following modules:

    • Theories, principles and models in education and training
    • Teaching, learning and assessment in education and training
    • Wider professional practice and development in education and training
    • Developing, using and organising resources in a specialist area
    • Inclusive practice
  • How will I be assessed?

    You will be assessed via:

    • Written tasks 
    • Practical activities
  • Enrichment

    To further enhance your teaching practice, you will take part in presentations to your peers. You will have access to key employers that will deliver guest lectures to build your industry knowledge and create your future. 

    You can also access our Student Common Room which is a great place to unwind and relax during your breaks. It features pool tables, table tennis, a gaming corner and lots of comfy sofas so you can refresh before your next lesson. Themed events are also held in the Common Room so you can get the best experience of being a learner at Waltham Forest College.

  • Work Experience

    You must complete (100 hours) teaching placement over the duration of the course which is an essential part of the programme in gaining valuable insights and techniques to build your professional practice.

  • Progression opportunities

    Successful completion of this course will lead to: 

    • Employment as teachers/trainers 
    • City & Guilds - Professional recognition qualifications
    • City & Guilds - Level 5 Diploma in Specialist Teaching
  • Alumni

    The DET course has a 100% progression rate of learners progressing to Higher Education courses such as PGCE Level 6, or to employment in roles such as teachers, trainers, tutors and facilitators.

    Learner, Marcos has successfully completed his diploma at the College and has progressed to university to study a BA in Education course.

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