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NOTE: Existing Northampton College staff have alternative application arrangements and are not required to complete the web form. Please speak with your manager to fill out a staff development form if you are interested in applying for this course.

Registration and course fees total to pay:

  • Year One: £2000
  • Year Two: £2000
  • Total fees for the 2 year programme: £4000

The Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training is a two year part time programme, validated through Pearson, providing training for those people who have a teaching role with a range of responsibilities, in order for them to gain a full teaching qualification in the Learning and Skills Sector. The qualification prepares you to work with young people and adults in a wide range of contexts, including Further Education colleges, Sixth Forms, work based/independent training provision and Adult and Community Education. There is a requirement for a minimum of 100 hours of teaching practice over the two years and so you will need to be teaching or be able to secure an appropriate teaching placement.

You will study at our Booth Lane site in Northampton, taking advantage of exceptional learning resources and attending taught sessions of three hours per week. You will also have access to Pearson online resources.

You will obtain a nationally-recognised teaching qualification for the Learning and Skills sector and will be able to teach in schools if you obtain QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills) status, when you have completed the qualification.

At the end of Year One you will be expected to proceed to Year Two, when you have successfully completed all elements of assessment satisfactorily. You will be required to enrol and pay fees for each year of the programme separately.

  • What will I study?

    The qualification is set at 120 credits, 50 at Level 4 and 70 at Level 5.

    The units you will study include:

    • Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Education and Training
    • Theories, Principles and Models in Education and Training
    • Developing Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Education and Training
    • Wider Professional Practice and Development in Education and Training
    • Action Research
    • Equality and Diversity
    • Evaluating Learning Programmes
    • Inclusive Practice
    • Understanding and Managing Behaviours in a Learning Environment

    All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

    These units allow you to demonstrate the core knowledge, understanding and skills required to plan, deliver and assess in education and training. Delivery of the qualification includes group activities, discussions, presentations, seminars, workshops, tutorial, online discussion and peer learning. You will be supported in your studies and practice by a subject specialist mentor and a personal tutor. Taught sessions allow you to share effective practice and to study the underpinning theory which supports this practice. You will be required to carry out substantial independent study in completing all assessed elements of the course, alongside delivery and support.

  • Who is this course for?

    This qualification allows you to become fully qualified to teach in the Learning and Skills sector and is suitable for you if:

    • You want the opportunity to explore underpinning theories, frameworks and research into effective teaching and learning alongside developing practical teaching skills
    • You are currently teaching groups of students and want to have your experience and practice accredited
    • You are not currently teaching but can meet the minimum appropriate teaching practice requirement of 100 hours through sourcing an appropriate placement
    • You are able to undertake a substantial qualification, lasting two years
    • You have the potential to study at this level, which has the same academic demand as that of a Degree course
  • How is the course assessed?

    Assessment methods include observation of your practice, formal written reports, self-reflection, presentation and dissemination of online research findings. Evidence for assessment will be obtained through your teaching practice, wherever possible.

    Teaching practice, assignments and reflective practice are not graded but you must pass all elements of assessment, within set deadlines, in order to pass the qualification. All assessment activity will be collated in an online portfolio.

    Trainees will be required to demonstrate a high level of current digital skills in teaching and an ability to develop their own learners? skills in literacy, numeracy and ICT.

  • General info

    If you have any further questions about the course, please contact

    If your employer would like to sponsor your place on the course, please make us aware during the application process.

  • Progression and Career Opportunities

    After gaining the full qualification you could undertake a Degree in Learning and Teaching or a Specialist Diploma in teaching mathematics, English, students with learning disabilities or ESOL, for example. You can apply for QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills) status when you have completed the qualification, which should give you access to teaching in schools.

  • Entry Requirements for new students

    In order to be accepted onto the course, you must demonstrate and/or show evidence, as appropriate, of:

    • Access to at least 100 hours of teaching (planning, delivery and assessment) in the Learning and Skills sector during the programme, including teaching groups and at different levels
    • Level 2 (or above) Maths/numeracy and English/literacy qualifications or confirmation of working towards these qualifications during the programme (they must be obtained by the end of the course)
    • A Level 3 (or above) qualification in the subject area being taught
    • A current satisfactory level of digital, maths and English skills (demonstrated in an initial assessment during interview), to show the potential to meet the academic, critical thinking and practical skill levels required of the programme
    • The allocation and support of an appropriately qualified and experienced subject specific mentor to support and assess your teaching practice
    • A supporting reference and confirmation of clear DBS/safeguarding checks from your current teaching placement(s)
    • If applicable: The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 7.0 or equivalent (speaking and listening at 7.0) with no other component below 6.0
    • A satisfactory initial assessment and interview, prior to the course starting, which will check that you have the potential to be successful in this Level 5 qualification (including a literacy assessment) and that you meet all entry requirements

    For trainees with disabilities and specific needs, the assessment of their potential to achieve the qualification will identify, where appropriate, support which can be made available to them during delivery and assessment.