Level 5 Diploma in Education & Training
leading to Qualified Teacher Status

Course Overview

The TQUK Level 5 Diploma in Education Studies (RQF) is regulated by Ofqual. Successful completion of this course will lead to QTLS. QTLS holders, as is the case for all holders of QTS, will be allowed to teach both curriculum and non-curriculum subjects in schools and across the breadth of school ages. “A person with QTLS status and membership of SET will automatically be recognised as a qualified teacher in schools.”  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/qualified-teacher-status-qts

The TQUK Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (RQF) course will provide you with a strong background in understanding the skills you need to progress in the workplace and earn a recognised qualification. The TQUK Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (RQF) course is accredited by TQUK, the fastest growing Awarding Organisation across the UK. TQUK is an established Ofqual-regulated Awarding Organisation which assures your qualification is professional and recognised.

This TQUK Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (RQF) qualification is suitable for individuals who are practising within the education sector, who have prior knowledge and understanding of the role and who wish to merge that experience with an accredited qualification.

The TQUK Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (RQF) course units combine proven-by-practice methods, including theories and research into practical teaching and learning, helping you to develop the functional skills and knowledge required in a teaching profession.

This training programme is designed to prepare trainee teachers and trainers to teach in a wide range of contexts and requires observation and assessment of practice. This training programme is intended for trainee teachers and trainers who are in the early stages of their professional careers and want to be professionally qualified and skilled enough to teach in a broad range of settings.

Curriculum Structure

The learner MUST complete the 4 compulsory modules (Group A – 75 credits) and 3 optional modules (Group B – 45 credits). Learners must achieve a minimum of 120 credits from two unit groups. Learners must achieve a minimum of 61 credits at Level 5. 

Group A Units

Compulsory Unit 1 :
Developing teaching, learning and assessment in education & training : Level: 5 || Credit Value 20

The aim of this unit is to give the learner knowledge, understanding and skills relating to teaching, learning and assessment in education and training. The unit aims to develop the learner’s understanding of the principles and practices that underpin the practical skills. These are supported by research and the use of a range of resources so that the learner can appreciate the importance of different approaches. This research is essential when providing evidence so that the learner is able to demonstrate the level of analysis required for this Level 5 unit. Underpinning the understanding of teaching and learning is an understanding of the role and responsibilities of a teacher in education and training. This helps the learner to appreciate their role in relation to their learners and other professionals when negotiating and agreeing individual learning goals. This unit relies heavily on the learner being able to review their own skills and understanding through reflecting on their teaching in a practical context – based on the planning, delivering and assessing of inclusive teaching and learning in a specialist area. (This specialism can be further developed through the selection of appropriate optional units). The learner must demonstrate their ability to create and maintain an inclusive learning environment and then to evaluate their own teaching in order to develop their practice.

Compulsory Unit 2 :
Teaching, learning and assessment in education and training : Level: 4 || Credit Value 20

The aim of this unit is to give the learner knowledge, understanding and skills relating to teaching, learning and assessment in education and training. The unit aims to develop the learner’s understanding of the principles and practices underpinning practical skills. These are supported by research and the use of a range of resources to allow the learner to appreciate the importance of different approaches. This research is essential for the learner to be able to demonstrate the level of analysis needed for this unit. Underpinning the understanding of teaching and learning is an understanding of the role and responsibilities of a teacher in education and training. This understanding helps the learner to appreciate their role in relation to their learners and other professionals when negotiating and agreeing individual learning goals. This unit relies heavily on the learner being able to review their own skills and understanding through reflecting on their teaching in a practical context – based on the planning, delivering and assessing of inclusive teaching and learning in a specialist area. (This specialism can be further developed through the selection of appropriate optional units.) The learner must also demonstrate their ability to create and maintain an inclusive learning environment and then to evaluate their own teaching in order to develop their practice. The unit covers expectations in relation to the minimum core in teaching, learning and assessment as a means of embedding this in to their own planning, delivery and assessment.

Compulsory Unit 3 :
Theories, principles and models in education and training : Level: 5 || Credit Value 20

The aim of the unit is to give learners underpinning knowledge and understanding to help in the development of their own practice in education and training. The unit includes an examination of theories, principles, and models of learning and teaching used to support education and training. The unit addresses the importance of understanding the role of communication so that the learner is better equipped to deliver effectively. The unit also addresses the underpinning knowledge needed to create approaches to assessment that meet learner and assessment needs. Through developing an understanding of theories and models influencing curriculum development the learner is able to relate them to their own area of specialism. Through developing an understanding and ability to apply theories and models of reflection the learner will be in a better position to use the skills in the evaluation and improvement of their practice.

Compulsory Unit 4 :
Wider professional practice & development in education & training : Level: 5 || Credit Value 15

The aim of this unit is to enable the learner to understand and apply the concept of professionalism, and dual professionalism, in order to promote wider professional practice in education and training. Based on an understanding of professional values the learner will be able to appreciate influences on their practice, in an area of specialism, determining their role and responsibilities. The unit gives learners the opportunity to develop an understanding of the social, political and economic factors that influence policy and the impact that policy has on their curriculum and practice. The unit also encourages learners to explore the impact of organisational processes and procedures, including those resulting from increasing accountability to stakeholders and external bodies. It is essential for learners to develop an understanding of the need for, and ways of contributing to, the quality assurance (QA) and quality improvement (QI) arrangements of an organisation. It is important to identify the role of the professional in promoting equality and diversity, as well as looking for opportunities to promote wider skills, knowledge and understanding to develop professional practice. The unit gives learners the opportunity to address the need for evaluating and improving their own practice by identifying opportunities for personal and professional development.

Group B Units

Optional Unit 5 : Action research : Level: 5 || Credit Value 15
Optional Unit 15 : Inclusive practice : Level: 4 || Credit Value 15
Optional Unit 12 : Equality & Diversity Level: 4 || Credit Value 15

Entry Requirements

  • There are no specific entry requirements however learners should have:
  • A minimum core of literacy, language, numeracy and ICT.
  • Reading and communication skills should be adequate to meet the requirements of the training.
  • Hold a relevant qualification at a level above that of their learners; ideally at least Level 3 in their area of specialism.

The qualification is suitable for learners of 18 years of age and above.

What will I need to do to complete the course?

You will need to provide evidence that you have met all the learning outcomes required for this course. This will include:

  • Assignments, research and evidence gathering: to evidence the knowledge based criteria. You will complete your unit assignments and be fully guided and supported by your tutor
  • Practice Requirements: there is a requirement for a minimum of 100 hours of teaching practice for this qualification. Teaching hours and lesson observations will be carried out at your chosen place (e.g. private training provider, School, College etc.) with a verified assessor (e.g. a fully qualified teacher) observing you. You will need to arrange this but we can support you with how to do this.
  • Observation Requirements: there is a requirement for a minimum of eight observations of practice. Your 100 hours teaching practice (including the 8 observations) must be to groups of no less than 2 learners in a classroom, 3 or above would be ideal.An example of work you will need to complete for the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training is: Meeting all the learning outcomes for each unit through assignments, research and evidence gathering, 100 teaching hours practice (teaching you have done 3 months prior to starting the course may be taken into account), 8 assessed lesson observations (including lesson plans). You will be fully supported and guided by your tutor throughout the duration of the course and they will be easily contactable should you need their support.
  • Meeting diverse needs and protecting learners
  • Theories of learning and development and the role of inclusion
  • Different research methodologies for educational research in the classroom context

Qualification Purpose

The purpose of the qualification is to develop learners’ knowledge and understanding of education and other topics relevant to educational contexts. Areas covered include:

  • Contemporary perspectives on education
  • Statutory guidance, legislation and policy for schools in the UK and internationally
  • Understanding education on a global scale
  • Meeting diverse needs and protecting learners
  • Theories of learning and development and the role of inclusion
  • Different research methodologies for educational research in the classroom context

What could this qualification lead to?

This qualification allows learners to progress into employment as teachers or trainers, allowing the learner to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status (QTLS) if you choose. The course is nationally accredited (RQF) and Ofqual regulated, gaining you a nationally recognised teaching qualification. This qualification opens doors within further education colleges and enables learners to apply for teaching positions with the confidence that they are already qualified & experienced teachers. You could look to work in any of the following:

  • Public sector organisations
  • Private sector organisations
  • Further Education, Adult and Community Education

Can I teach abroad with QTLS?

QTLS is equivalent to QTS, any admin in the UK would know this, and any British overseas school, and overseas visa offices would either know this or would just look it up and then learn this. QTLS is recognized to teach across all grades as well, so it would be a valid teaching license at any international school.

Do I need to attend anywhere to complete this course?

Your 100 teaching hours and lesson observations will be held at your chosen place. However, the rest of the course you can complete at your convenience, in the comfort of your own home

Where can I do my teaching hours and lesson observations?

You will need to contact a private training provider, local School or College (for example) to see if you can help support their classes and gain your teaching hours and lesson observations. The teacher you work with will need to be a fully qualified teacher/trainer. Teachers are often more than happy to have teacher trainers supporting their classes. Your tutor can help you with any information you need prior to making contact.

Is the course accredited and professionally recognised?

Yes, this course is approved, professionally recognised and regulated by TQUK who are an Ofqual recognised Awarding organisation. This qualification has also been mapped to the relevant Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS), National Occupational Standards (NOS), and sits on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). On completion of this course, you will achieve an Ofqual recognised, Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training Certificate.

Fee Structure 2020/21

There is no funding for this programme; either you or your school must meet the costs:

TOTAL Cost payable: £2,600.00  (includes Stage A & B). This is payable as a lump sum or as 3 instalments.

  • Stage A
  • Level 5 Diploma Education & Training leading to Qualified Teacher Status
  • Stage B
  • Register for QTLS to gain access to an online workbook to complete your SET portfolio