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Education and Training Level 5 Diploma (Formerly DTLLS) (1 Year Fast-Track)

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The Level 5 Diploma in Education (DET) is a qualification for those who want to teach in the Post Compulsory Education (PCE) sector. Candidates will have career aspirations to teach in Further Education (F.E), Higher Education (H.E) or Adult and Community Learning (A.C.L). The qualification leads to QTLS (Qualified Teacher in Learning and Skills) which is the main requirement to teach in the PCE Sector. QTLS is given for those wanting to teach learners aged over 16 yrs of age and is awarded by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF – Formerly the IfL). This is different to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which is for those wishing to teach in schools.

As a Level 5 teaching qualification the course content is exactly the same as a CertEd/PGCE in Lifelong Learning and carries the same value and credit with regulators, employers and the education and training sectors. Once you have completed the DET this will enable you to gain QTLS - Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status with the ETF, the professional body for the PCE sector.

Application deadline

Applications for the full-time DET course will be accepted up until the start of the course but, any candidate wishing to have a placement at Bedford College must submit their application by Friday 31 July 2020.  Our full-time DET is very popular and placements with mentors are limited, so we encourage applicants to submit their applicants as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Still have questions? Here are the answers!

Download and read our information pack here. It contains information on days of attendance, timetabling, placements, being a mentee, becoming a lecturer, other Initial Teacher Training courses, bursaries, loans and Student Finance and much more…

Everything you need to know...

The National Careers Service website has useful information about becoming a Further Education teacher.

The FE Advice website also has helpful information about becoming a teacher, incentives for training, qualifications, the variety of the sector and most of what you need to know as a new entrant or an existing worker.

This is the only college locally to offer the intensive PGCE course, which enables you to gain the qualification in a year.  Initially I had planned to do the course part-time but because this intensive course is full-time I actually ended up leaving my job so that I could get my qualification as quickly as possible.

I enjoyed the practical side of the course, teaching the students, because I was able to put into practice the theory which I learnt in class such as lesson planning, different teaching styles and marking. 

I feel very lucky that I was surrounded by a great team of teaching professionals including my tutors and my mentor who gave me a lot of advice.  There is no doubt that the course has boosted my confidence and given me the skills I needed to get my first full-time teaching job. 

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Entry requirements

  • A minimum of a Level 3 qualification in your subject area
  • Completed 100 hours of teaching
  • A commitment to work towards completing maths and English at Level 2 (GCSE Grade C) by the end of the course
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

If you do not already have the Level 3 Award in Education and Training (or equivalent) you will need to undertake this qualification prior to the start of the course. We offer an intensive course to meet this requirement

Course content

Attendance at Bedford College will be for one full day a week (unless you are also in placement with Bedford college and this will mean two extra days attendance).

This course will enable you to take a practical and analytical approach to all the aspects of training and education, right from planning and designing learning through to teaching, assessing and supporting learners. You will also cover the theories and principles of education and training and be given the opportunity to embed these in your own teaching and practice.

During the DET course you will have the opportunity to:

  • carry our research into education and training
  • investigate policies and professionalism in the education and training sectors
  • research your own role and potential as a teacher/trainer
  • contribute to quality improvement within your own organisation
  • help develop quality assurance within your own teaching practice
  • demonstrate theories and principles of inclusive teaching and learning in professional practice.

The Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (DET) not only gives you expertise and the chance to investigate the theories and current practice of education, but also gives you the opportunity to demonstrate that you can transfer the findings of your research and investigation into your own teaching practice.

Assessment methods

You will be allocated a dedicated tutor who will assess your work. To progress you will complete various assignments, both theoretical and practical. Your tutor will check your work, they will also provide you advice, support and guidance to achieve the standard required by the City and Guilds courses in Education and Training. There is no formal exam, however the DET course requires that your tutor will observe you teaching your own candidates on a minimum of eight hours/occasions. We'll arrange this with you on a one-to-one basis to suit your schedule.

Further study and career options

On successful completion you will be qualified to practice as a Teacher, or Trainer in the Lifelong Learning and F.E, H.E and ACL sector. Professional Formation for Teachers and Trainers in the Lifelong Learning and FE Sector (QTLS/ATLS). QTLS can now be transferred to QTS and this could be a route for teachers wanting to teach in Secondary Education (Schools).

Additional information

The course leads to QTLS (Qualified Teacher for Learning and Skills.  QTLS can now be transferred to QTS and this could be a route for teachers wanting to teach in Secondary Education (Schools).

There will be a nominal extra tuition fee to cover the Level 3 Award in Education & Training if you do not already hold this. Please enquire for details.

Successful applicants will become a student at both Bedford College and the University of Bedfordshire and will therefore have access to both sets of facilities and amenities within each institution.

You will be required to attend two interviews; one informal exploratory talk with the tutor and one formal interview with the tutor and mentor/department head for which you will have to prepare a micro-teaching session. This process may take several weeks to complete.

Please note that applications received after 31 July 2021 may not result in a place being offered on the full-time course due to the length of time that the application and placement process takes. Please enquire for alternative course information.

To apply, please:

  • ensure you download, ‘unzip’ and read our information pack (link below in blue box)
  • select the 'Apply online' button below and complete your application in as much detail as possible
  • in the ‘Personal Statement’ section, you must write a full personal statement of 250 words minimum starting:
    • What subject you would like to teach
    • What Bedford College department this subject is likely to be based in
    • Why you want to become a teacher
    • Why your qualifications and experiences to date prepare you well to become a teacher
    • Where you see yourself in five years
  • in the ‘Qualifications’ section, ensure you include titles and grades for any degree/s, other teaching awards gained and your highest levels of English and Maths

At this appointment you will also be expected to bring all your supporting documents (including certificates for your degree and accompanying transcript, other teaching awards, Level 2s/GCSE ‘C’s or above in both English and Maths and passport).

If you have any specific queries about the interview process, content of the course, acceptance of other teaching awards, bursaries available, specific dates/times etc. please e-mail

Course Information & How to Apply

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
1 year 27/09/2021 £2563 Cauldwell Street BBA2338

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