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Education and Training Certificate - Level 5

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About this course

This course is aimed at those who are employed in a teaching role in the post-16 sector with responsibility for initial assessment, design and delivery of courses, assessment of learning, programme evaluation and curriculum development.

The Level 5 diploma extends into investigation and research into current practice theories, and models relating to education and training, as well as developing good teaching practice.

The DET is an ‘in-service’ qualification designed for those who are working or planning to work as teachers/trainers. It is suitable for:
Candidates who work or would like to work as teachers/trainers in the further education and skills sector.
Candidates who have just started a teacher/training role.
Teachers/trainers who are seeking career progression in their area of work.
Candidates who teach in industry.

The DET consists of four mandatory units and a combination of optional units.
Mandatory units:
• Unit 426 'Teaching, learning and assessing in education and training'
• Unit 501 'Developing teaching, learning and assessment in education and training'
• Unit 502 'Theories, principles and models in education and training'
• Unit 503 'Wider professional practice and development in education and training'

As a trainee teacher, you will need to complete 100 teaching practice hours. You will need to have these hours secured before starting the course.

You will study a number of theories and strategies throughout the course which you will implement during your practice, and you will be required to reflect on your practice every step of the way. You will demonstrate your ability to plan and deliver lessons, and assess your students, and you will be asked to consider a range of initiatives whilst you do this.

The theory which you learn in the DET programme will focus your practice in areas such as Equal Opportunities, Inclusive Learning and planning for assessment, as well as the teaching cycle, and you will very early on in the DET programme identify what your key roles and responsibilities will be in practice.

The course consists of classroom-based learning, 1:1 tutorial support, observations of your teaching practice and self-directed study time. You will have the opportunity to explore key educational theories and link these to your own practice. Your tutor will give you individual support with your assignments and feedback on your observed teaching.

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What are the entry requirements?

Candidates must be 19+.
Candidates wishing to undertake the DET programme must be experienced or qualified in the subject area they wish to teach at the appropriate level.
Candidates must have access to 100 hours of teaching/training practice.
Candidates must have an available subject mentor who is prepared to support them while on the programme
Additionally, due to the nature of the theory and practical assessments which students need to achieve for the DET, candidates will need to demonstrate good written and spoken English, i.e. the ability to read and interpret written tasks, and to write in an academic style
You will be required to take an initial assessment in maths, English and ICT prior to enrolling on the course.

Course assessment

Assessment will be by assignments, a portfolio of teaching evidence, presentations, a research assignment, and observations of teaching performance carried out by your course tutor and mentor.

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Please Note

All courses are run subject to numbers, although every effort is made to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information shown above, Dudley College reserves the right to amend the content/arrangements therein as deemed necessary.

All fees quoted are normally per year, are the “standard” prices only and may be subject to change without notice. This applies to those who have been resident in the UK/EU/EEA for at least 3 years prior to the start of the course, for a purpose other than full-time education.

Exceptions to the ”standard” prices may apply - see below for details and how to find out more:

  • Students under 16 years of age - contact the 14-16 Centre Manager on 01384 363 208.
  • Students aged 16-18 are not usually required to pay course fees on full or part-time courses. Contact the admissions team on 01384 363 333 for further details.
  • Non-standard UK/EU/EEA residents and international students - contact the international office on 01384 363 356 or email:

Initial Assessment

Please note that you may be asked to complete an initial assessment for any course that Dudley College offers.

* Statistics from undergraduate induction survey 2013-14.