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TQUK is an Awarding Organisation recognised by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) in England, CCEA Regulation in Northern Ireland, and Qualifications Wales.

The Diploma in Education and Teaching (DET) – formerly known as the Diploma to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS) – is equivalent to the second year of a UK bachelor’s degree. This is for prospective teachers who want to pursue a career in further education – teaching role and want to gain a teaching qualification; allowing teachers to work as a qualified teacher.

It is a popular route for prospective teachers who want to pursue a career in further education, or currently hold an FE teaching role and want to gain a full teaching qualification. Level 5 Diploma programmes typically last one to two years. You can choose a university or college-led pre-service training route. Download the presentation.

If you chose a university-led programme, the qualification may be called Professional Certificate in Education (PCE) or Certificate in Education (CertEd), both of which meet the requirements of the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training.

Additional information outside the country:

  • You can apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status once you’ve successfully completed your training. Once achieved, QTLS is equivalent to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in England, allowing you to work as a qualified teacher in state schools.

Our qualifications are designed to support and encourage learners to develop their knowledge and skills.

Qualification Purpose

It prepares trainee teachers to teach in a wide range of contexts and requires observation and assessment of practice. Teaching practice is a requirement of the qualification.

It meets the needs of a range of trainee teachers, including:

  • Planning and developing schemes of work
  • Delivering learning sessions
  • Developing teaching and learning strategies
  • Assessment practices

Learners must be willing to undertake an initial assessment of their skills in English, mathematics and ICT, record their development needs, and follow an action plan.

Learners must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Reading and communication skills should be adequate to meet the requirements of the training.
  • Do not have a criminal background which prevents them working, with young people or vulnerable adults, as a teacher.
  • Hold a relevant qualification at a level above that of their learners; ideally at least Level 3 in their area of specialism
  • Minimum core of literacy, language, numeracy and ICT


  • Learners must achieve a minimum of 120 credits from two unit groups.
  • There is a requirement for a minimum of 100 hours of practice.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements. There may be a requirement by the employer for learners to be checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service: https://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-servicecheck/overview or if they intend to work with learners who are covered by these regulations (formerly Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)). It is the learner’s responsibility to seek advice from their employer regarding this.  Learners must meet the following minimum criteria. Specifications shall be discussed accordingly.


The qualification is assessed by internally set and marked assessments subject to external quality assurance.

Where indicated in the unit specifications, assessment must meet the requirements of the identified assessment strategy/principles.

Transfer of Practice

There is no transfer of practice, including observed and assessed practice, from a previously achieved levels.

Course Delivery  / Pre-Course Information

All learners should be given appropriate pre-course information regarding any TQUK qualifications. The information should explain about the qualification, the fee, the form of the assessment and any entry requirements or resources needed to undertake the qualification.

Initial Assessment

Centres should ensure that any learner registered on a TQUK qualification undertakes some form of initial assessment. The initial assessment should be used to inform a teacher/trainer on the level of the learner’s current knowledge and/or skills.

Initial assessment can be undertaken by a teacher/trainer in any form suitable for the qualification to be undertaken by the learner/s. It is the centre’s responsibility to make available forms of initial assessment that are valid, applicable and relevant to TQUK qualifications.

Learner Registration

Once approved to offer a qualification the centre should register learners before any assessment can take place. Recognised centres must follow TQUK’s procedures for registering learners. For short courses, TQUK offer the option of registering a course and booking a number of places. Learners are then added once the course has taken place, thus acknowledging situations where substitutions are made at short notice to meet business needs.

Guided Learning Hours

These hours are made up of all real time contact time, guidance or supervision of a learner by a lecturer, supervisor, tutor, trainer or other appropriate provider of education or training. GLH for this qualification is 360.

Teaching Practice Requirement

There is a requirement for a minimum of 100 hours of practice and a requirement to evidence working with groups of learners to achieve this qualification. There must be a minimum of eight observations totaling a minimum of eight hours

Total Qualification Time: Total Qualification Time for this qualification is 1200 hours.

What do you need to be able to teach in the top school?

  • KHDA-approved Teaching Qualification – for verification https://bit.ly/2MAMIII
  • 6 Mandatory Professional Development Courses
  • UAE Certified Teaching Status –via KHDA for a private school
  • UAE Teacher’s License via the Ministry of Education – depending on if you reach the requirements
  • 21st Century Teaching Skills
  • IELTS Minimum Band 6
  • E-Portfolio

Group A Mandatory units Seventy five (75) credits must be achieved from this group

No. Unit title Unit ref. Level Credit value GLH

Theories, principles and models in education and training

(Note that achievement of this unit is a pre-requisite for the unit Developing teaching, learning and assessment in education and training).

A/505/0818 5 20 60

Developing teaching, learning and assessment in education and training

(Note that achievement of the unit Theories, principles and models in education and training is a pre-requisite for this unit)

R/505/0923 5 20 65
3 Teaching, learning and assessment in education and training H/505/0912 4 20 65
4 Wider professional practice in education and training J/505/0837 5 15 50
Group B Optional units Forty five ( 45) credits must be achieved from this group
No. Unit title Unit ref. Level Credit value GLH
1 Inclusive Practice L/503/5384 4 15 50
2 Managing Behaviours in a Learning Environment M/505/3912 5 6 20
3 Develop and Prepare Resources for Learning and Development A/502/9547 4 6 25
4 Effective Partnership Working in Teaching and Learning Context Y/503/5310 4 15 50
5 Evaluating Learning Programmes K/505/1091 4 3