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Education and Training

Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training

September, January, April1 Year (Full-time)The qualifications are awarded
by Pearson Education.
The final certificate is issued by Pearson
Education to successful student.
£7000 per year
September, January, April
1 Year (Full-time)
The qualifications are awarded
by Pearson Education.
The final certificate is issued by Pearson
Education to successful student.
£7000 per year

Course Overview

London School of Management Education is accredited to deliver the Pearson BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (DET) qualification based on structures recognised by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), a government-approved standards body, supporting the further education (FE) and skills workforce on their professional journey. The qualification is designed to meet the requirements for those in the post-compulsory education and training sector.

Course Information

Course Aims / Objectives

The Pearson Diploma in Education and Training qualification aims to allow trainee teachers the flexibility to teach in a wide range of contexts in FE and Skills such as teaching across more than one level, teaching a variety of learners, teaching individuals and groups, experience non-teaching roles; gaining subject specialist knowledge through workplace mentoring.

The Diploma in Education and Training (DET) qualification also aims to meet the needs of a wide range of trainee teachers including:

  • Individuals who are not currently teaching and training but can meet the teaching practice requirements of the qualification.
  • Individuals who are currently teaching and training or have just begun teaching and training can meet the qualification’s teaching practice requirements.
  • Individuals currently working as assessors who wish to achieve a teaching qualification and can meet the teaching practice requirements of the qualification.

Entry Requirements

Students who wish to undertake the Diploma in Education and Training (DET) programme should have:

  • A degree or a relevant vocational and/or academic qualification.
  • A keen interest in teaching and learning.
  • A current DBS Check/Certificate – should not have a criminal background which might prevent them from working as a teacher with young people or vulnerable adults. (If you do not have a DBS and wish to apply for one, please click here for more information on how to apply).
  • Pass an initial assessment test (Level 2 in Literacy, ICT and Numeracy with in-depth proficiency in writing is required).

English Proficiency

This Level 5 Education and Training qualification is delivered solely in English by the London School of Management Education. Applicants must pass an initial assessment test in Literacy at Level 2, demonstrating an in-depth proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary qualification was obtained in a non-English speaking country may also achieve an English test such as IELTS 6.0 or other equivalent tests as defined by the regulators.

Course Structure

Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (DET) is a 120 credit qualification, consisting of four mandatory units (75 credits total) and optional units totalling 45 credits. The minimum credit to be achieved at Level 5 or above is 61 credits. The learner will need to meet the requirements outlined in the tables below before the Pearson qualification can be awarded, i.e. achieve the appropriate mandatory and optional units, as well as satisfactorily complete teaching practice.

Level 5 DET Units

Education and training course mandatory units

Unit Reference No
Unit Title
Credit Value
Academic Level
Guided Learning Hours (GLH)
Developing Teaching,Learning and Assessment in Education and Training (the achievement of Unit 3 is a pre requisite for this unit)
Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Education and Training
Theories, Principles and Models in Education and Training
Wider Professional Practice and Development in Education and Training

Selected Optional Units

Unit Reference No
Unit Title
Credit Value
Academic Level
Guided Learning Hours (GLH)
Developing, Using and Organising Resources in a Specialist Area

Equality and Diversity


Inclusive Practice


Working with the 14-19 Age Range in Education and Training


If a student is not able to complete the full qualification, their achievements will be recognised through the issue of unit certificates listing the units and credits achieved.

Course Duration

The Pearson BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training: 1 Year (Full-time)

Mode of Delivery

At the London School of Management Education, we allocate a minimum of 400 Guided Learning Hours (GLHs) for the Diploma in Education and Training programme. Students are, however, required to follow Pearson’s prescribed Guided Learning Hours (GLHs) in relation to mandatory and optional units and are expected to undertake self-directed learning, including research.

The programme is delivered by the London School of Management Education through a variety of methods which are helpful for learners to link theory and practice. Students on the Diploma in Education and Training programme are encouraged to become reflective practitioners. They will study various theories and legislation and learn how to plan, deliver, assess and evaluate. Furthermore, they will consider teaching and learning for a range of groups and individuals.

The teacher training programme includes face-to-face training days, one-to-one tutorials, workplace assessments, completing all mandatory and optional assignments, and a teaching practice portfolio. When studying the Diploma in Education and Training programme, there will be opportunities for workshops, discussions, and group work to support what has been studied. All students at the London School of Management Education undertaking the Diploma in Education and Training programme will be guided at every step towards achieving their goals.

In order to achieve this Level 5 qualification in Education and Training successfully, students will need to demonstrate a depth of knowledge and understanding of each unit. Each student will be required to conduct his/her own independent research, and show evidence of their reading and research by maintaining an ongoing reflective journal of their practice and development.

Students will be assessed using centre devised Written Assignments, Portfolio Building, Self and Peer Assessments, as well as Presentations including Group Presentations. All assignments are graded as a Pass.

Teaching Practice

Teaching practice is integral to the Diploma in Education and Training programme and through this, Trainee Teachers will demonstrate their own understanding of the principles of teaching and learning. Trainee Teachers will demonstrate their ability to plan and deliver lessons and assess their students through the teaching practice.

Trainee Teachers will have to evidence a minimum of 100 teaching practice hours. They will be observed for a minimum of eight hours over a minimum of eight occasions where mentors or tutors will provide constructive feedback which will further their development as teachers.

Teaching practice will involve the following:

  • A number of teaching practice locations/settings/contexts
  • Teaching across more than one level
  • Teaching a variety of learners
  • Teaching individuals and groups
  • Experience of non-teaching roles
  • Gaining subject specialist knowledge through workplace mentoring.


In order to make the assessment as fair as possible, a system of moderation has been put in place. London School of Management Education  undertakes stringent assessment activities and internal moderation, whilst Pearson periodically undertakes an external moderation exercise. The final results are then presented to the LSME Board of Examiners for final approval. The final grades are then entered on the Pearson portal for final certification.

Post Qualification

The Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training qualification is recognised as equivalent to the Certificate of Education qualification in the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ).

On successful completion of the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training programme, students can apply for their Qualified Teacher Learning & Skills (QTLS) status through the Society for Education and Training (SET). To successfully apply for QTLS, applicants should hold Level 2 English and Maths qualifications. Further details on QTLS eligibility criteria and gaining the QTLS are available at:

Learners who have achieved the Pearson BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training can progress to further studies in education, such as the Pearson Level 7 Diploma in Assessment Management (QCF). There are also opportunities to pursue Higher Education (HE) programmes such as ‘top-up’ degrees, full honours degrees or master’s degrees.

Those who are progressing to higher education accredited qualifications at Level 6 or above can have their Level 5 credits recognised in line with the higher educational institution’s arrangements for the recognition of prior learning. Learners could progress onto the role of a team leader, curriculum manager or head of department. They could also pursue teaching roles in Further Education colleges, consider moving to an independent work-based training provider, pursue prison teaching roles in vocational training or functional skills tuition, and maybe with groups of inmates or one-to-one.

There is also an opportunity to work in adult community education (ACE), either as a tutor, organiser or outreach worker. Learners could also pursue assessor, verifier, moderator, admissions officer or programme designer roles. Learners can decide to move in the other direction, from FE into school teaching. FE teachers who have completed professional formation to gain QTLS status are recognised in law as qualified to teach in schools which are deemed equivalent to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

For more information on your career paths, please visit the SET website below:

NB: The College reserves the right not to run this programme if less than 15 students are recruited.


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