Diploma in Education & Training (DET) Level 5


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Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (DET)
Stratford College London offers the Diploma in Education and Training (DET) programme. The Level 5 diploma extends into investigation and research into current practice theories, and models relating to education and training, as well as developing good teaching practice.

The DET is an ‘in-service’ qualification designed for those who are working or are wishing to work as teachers/trainers in England. The qualification is on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).
Who is the qualification for?
The DET qualification is suitable for:

  • Candidates who work or would like to work as teachers/trainers in the further education and skills sector.
  • Candidates who have just started a teacher/training role.
  • Teachers/trainers who are seeking career progression in their area of work.
  • Candidates who work with their learners on a one-to-one basis.
  • Candidates who teach in industry.
  • Candidates who are assessors and wish to achieve a teaching/training qualification.


On completion of DET a learner will be able to:

  • Demonstrate ‘good’ teaching, learning and assessment in education and training.
  • Communicate theories, principles and models of education and training.
  • Develop a wider professional practice in education and training.


Programme Aims
The DET is a minimum 120 credit programme consisting of for mandatory units and a combination of optional units.

Mandatory units:

  • Unit 426 ‘Teaching, learning and assessing in education and training’ (20 credits) Level 4
  • Unit 501 ‘Developing teaching, learning and assessment in education and training’ (20 credits) Level 5
  • Unit 502 ‘Theories, principles and models in education and training’ (20 credits) Level 5
  • Unit 503 ‘Wider professional practice and development in education and training’ (15 credits) Level 5
  • Optional Units: TBC

DET Practice
As a trainee teacher, you will need to complete 100 teaching practice hours. Candidates will need to have these hours secured before starting the course.

There will be a number of theories and strategies which you will have studied throughout the DET programme which you will implement during your practice, and you will be required to reflect on your practice every step of the way. You will demonstrate your ability to plan and deliver lessons, and assess your students, and you will be asked to consider a range of initiatives whilst you do this.

The theory which you learn in the DET programme will focus your practice in areas such as Equal Opportunities, Inclusive Learning and planning for assessment, as well as the teaching cycle, and you will very early on in the DET programme identify what your key roles and responsibilities will be in practice.

In order to achieve your DET, you will complete a series of theoretical and practical tasks. Our highly supportive and fully trained staff will guide you through the process, through focussed classroom activities, lectures and observation feedback.

Knowledge in each unit will be assessed by the completion of written assignments. You will have access to the college’s reference library, which stocks a number of texts from the recommended reading list. In addition, whilst at East London College, you will have access to specific online support tools, and unlimited internet access.

Your teaching practice will assessed according to Ofsted guidelines and will be documented through session planning, observation reports and reflective journals.
Course delivery method
We use a blended approach to course delivery. As well as class based taught sessions, and one to one tutorials, each student will be engaged in group activities, individual research tasks, and will be encouraged to use a range of technology as well as traditional methods to meet the course criteria.

They will also be supported whilst on their teaching placement, to ensure that they are able to put the theory they are learning in class into practice, within a real work environment.

Each is allocated their own tutor, who will guide their assessments, and provide continuous, tailored support and feedback. Our overall approach, whilst tutor led, is student centred.
Entry requirements for DET

  • Candidates must be 19+.
  • Candidates wishing to undertake the DET programme must be experienced or qualified in the subject area they wish to teach at the appropriate level.
  • Candidates must have access to 100 hours of teaching/training practice.
  • Additionally, due to the nature of both the theory and practical assessment which students need to achieve for the DET, candidates will need good written and spoken English skills.
  • Candidates will also need to organise their work and supporting materials clearly and coherently.

All candidates should demonstrate:
Literacy and Numeracy level 2. (Overseas students should demonstrate IELTS 6.5 or higher)


*Course commencement – Subject to number of student applications