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Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (DET) - New DTLLS

The Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (DET) course has replaced the Level 5 Diploma in the Lifelong Sector (DTLLS). The course is not only open to teachers who work in traditional settings such as universities and colleges. The course is also available to trainers, instructors, coaches regardless of their geographical location as long as you have access to 100 teaching hours (including those who teach on a one to one basis).

This course is regarded as equivalent to the Certificate of Education (CertEd). It is also a good alternative to the Postgraduate Certificate in Education. This Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training will enable you to apply for QTLS and be a recognised qualified teacher. Teachers with QTLS can also teach in schools.

Vocational Learning encourages candidates to submit naturally occurring evidence from their work environment to demonstrate competency against the practical requirements of the course. We welcome other evidence such as prior learning and do not just rely on assignments. This can include schemes of work, assessment reports, course resources and communication records.

The course has a 360 hours guided learning requirement. The total qualification time is 1200 hours. You are usually expected to complete this course within 5 to 12 months depending on the combination of units you have selected and progress. You can download the course guide from here.


Course Structure

To be awarded the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training you will be expected to achieve a minimum 120 credits by completing the following seven units:

Unit 1: Developing teaching, learning and assessment in education and training
Unit 2: Teaching, learning and assessment in education and training
Unit 3: Theories, principles and models in education and training
Unit 4: Wider professional practice and development in education and training
Unit 5: Developing, Using and Organising Resources in a Specialist Area
Unit 6: Inclusive Practice
Unit 7: Teaching in a specialist area

If you are a holder of the Level 4 Certificate in Teaching in the lifelong Sector (CTLLS) or the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training you will be exempted from completing Unit 2. We might be able to recognise any other optional units you completed as long as they were at level 4 or above. We will also recognise your 30 hours teaching and 3 hours of observations.

Combined Options

We have bundled units or courses together to enable you to achieve some of the popular qualifications in Learning and Development. You will be able to qualify as an NVQ Assessor or Internal Moderator or both at the same time as your teaching qualification. These options are designed to be cost effective compared to completing the courses separately at different times. Please double check you are eligible or have access to resources and learning opportunities that will enable you to achieve the combined options.

Course Delivery and Support

The course is delivered by either blended learning or as classroom based. You are expected to meet all course requirements regardless of the method of delivery. There should be evidence of learning and meeting all the assessment criteria.

Fast track is also available to candidates who can work at a faster pace and have access to learning opportunities. You will also be expected to have the capacity to meet all course requirements within a shorter time scale and ideally have evidence of prior learning.

Classroom

This is the ideal course delivery as it allows all practical requirements to be demonstrated and observed in realtime. All course requirements will need to be completed within the classroom.

Blended Learning

This mode of learning is ideal for candidates who want to complete part of the course by distance learning. All practical requirements of the course will need to be demonstrated or carried out either during classroom attendance or observed in realtime by video.

Distance Learning

This mode of learning is ideal for candidates who want to complete the course entirely or mostly by distance learning. Evidence of practice will however need to be provided in the form of work products, expert witnesses, observations or any other appropriate and suitable method that demonstrates your competency.

All candidates will be allocated an assessor on enrolment. Your assessor will also have the dual role of being your tutor. You can request tutorials and support anytime.

All candidates will have access to coursework, resources and learning opportunities. You will also have access to course events, which includes forums, web conferences, and face-to-face sessions.

Entry Requirements

This course is open to anyone who can evidence 100 hours of teaching. Your teaching delivery can either be with an individual or group of learners. You will be expected to have basic numeracy, literacy and IT skills in line with national occupational skills for teachers.

You are also expected to have access to the internet, multimedia computer, printer and a word processor that can open and produce Microsoft Word Documents ending with the extension ‘.doc’. Candidates without Microsoft office are advised to consider free software such as Open Office. You, however, need to ensure your documents are saved and submitted for assessment as word documents ending with the extension ‘.doc’?

What it means studying at Level 5?

You will be assessed at the same level as someone completing the second year of an undergraduate degree. Achievement at Level 5 reflects the ability to identify and use relevant understanding, methods and skills to complete tasks and address problems that, while well defined, have a measure of complexity. It includes taking responsibility for initiating and completing tasks and procedures as well as exercising autonomy and judgment. You will be expected to use references and reflect awareness of different perspectives or approaches within your area of study or work.

What can l do after completion

The qualification can be used in its entirety if you are a tutor or trainer. You can go on to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status (QTLS) from the Society for Education and Training or complete other higher education courses including degrees.

Assessment of this New DTLLS


The Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (DET) course is assessed by a portfolio of evidence which you have to compile and submit at the end of the course. The assessment process will involve a range of methods such as prior learning, assignments, reflective accounts, witness statements, questioning observations of practice and work products.

You will normally be expected to complete nine assignments, submit work based evidence and demonstrate at least 100 hours of teaching by the end of the course. This can include any recent teaching you have carried out as long you can prove you have indeed taught as claimed. Holders of Ctlls and the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training Education will only be required to evidence up to 70 hours of teaching. Vocational Learning occasionally offers in-house placements for candidates who have skills and expertise to teach on some of our courses. Candidates who wish to be considered for a placement will need to apply by completing the form found here.

You will also be expected to be observed for a minimum eight hours which should be recorded at least eight times. Observations are expected to be a minimum 30 minutes long. Holders of Ctlls or the Level 4 Certificate in Teaching in Education and Training will only require a minimum of 5 observations totaling at least 5 hours as highlighted above.

How long is the course?

We are often asked how quick someone can complete this course? This depends on a number of factors which includes your own commitment, quality of evidence, time, assessment opportunities and the ability to study at a higher level. It will also help if you have evidence of recent prior learning (That fully address the assessment criteria) and have access to resources and opportunities that will enable your learning. that will enable you to actively participate in course activities.

Candidates joining the course with evidence of prior learning and credits will obviously be able to complete quicker than someone without. If you invest more time on the course such as 15 hours a week then you will most likely complete earlier compared to someone who commits only 2 hours for the same period. By the end of the course you will be expected to demonstrate how you have met the recommended guided learning hours and total qualification time. This will involve submitting evidence showing reasonable participation in activities hosted by Vocational Learning. We however expect you to complete the course within 5 to 12 months.

Certification

Your certificate will come from an Ofqual regulated awarding body. We currently use TQUK, ITC First and ICQ for certification. Once your portfolio of evidence has been successfully signed off by both the internal and external moderator your certificate will be requested from the awarding body. Certificates are normally processed within 14 working days. Once we receive your certificate it will be forwarded to you by first class recorded delivery.

Enrolment (Costs and Signing up)

Your course fee includes registration, support, learning opportunities, assessments, moderation and certification. There are no hidden fees. You are only enrolled when we receive your payment for the booking. Payment is normally expected within 5 days from your booking. We are however flexible with corporate bookings where this time could be extended. The full cost of the course is £980. We also accept a payment plan paid by a deposit of £220 and four monthly instalments. Each instalment will be £220.

Combined Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training with Assessor Course

This option will enable you to achieve two qualifications. You will end up qualifying as a teacher and NVQ Assessor. The full cost of the course is £1250. You can also pay using a payment plan by making a deposit of £215 and five monthly instalments. Each instalment will be £215.

Combined Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training with Internal Quality Assurance

This option will enable you to achieve two qualifications. You will end up qualifying as a teacher and Internal Moderator. The full cost of the course is £1250. You can also pay using a payment plan by making a deposit of £215 and five monthly instalments. Each instalment will be £215.

Combined Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training with Assessor and Internal Quality Assurance

This option will enable you to achieve three qualifications. You will end up qualifying as a teacher, NVQ Assessor and Internal Moderator. The full cost of the course is £1495. You can also pay using a payment plan by making a deposit of £260 and five monthly instalments. Each instalment will be £260.