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Diploma in Education and Training (with Learning and Development)

City & Guilds     5     12 months

Brit College now offers the full-time, classroom-based Level 5 DET(with Learning and Development). The Level 5 DET (with Learning and Development)is a one year programme awarded by City and Guilds.


The Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (with Learning and Development) is a teaching qualification with a teaching/training practise requirement. It is an ‘in service’ qualification designed for those working or wishing to work as teachers/trainers in England.

The qualification covers the knowledge and skills required by teachers/trainers in the further education and skills sector, such as:

  • teaching, learning and assessment in education and training developing teaching, learning and assessment in education and training
  • theories, principles and models of education and training Wider professional practice and development in education and training

All candidates must have access to 100 hours of teaching.

The Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (with Learning and Development) extends into investigation and research into current practice, theories and models relating to education and training. Throughout the programme, candidates will demonstrate their ability to transfer their research findings into their own practice.


The Level 5 DET (with Learning and Development)is for candidates

  • who work or who want to work as teachers/trainers in the further education and skills sector
  • who are not in a teaching/training role or who have just started a teaching/training role
  • not formally contracted as teachers/trainers wishing to join teaching
  • who are already teachers/trainers seeking career progression in their area of work,
  • have already achieved some Learning and Development units that can be carried forward into this qualification.
  • who are assessors and wish to achieve a teaching/training qualification

We invite candidates who have completed the following and wish to progress to apply for admission onto this programme:

  • the City and Guilds Award in Education and Training, or Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTTL)
  • the City and Guilds Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training or the Level 4 Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector
  • the City and Guilds Trainer skills or introduction to training qualifications

Teaching on the Programme

Teaching on the programme is entirely face-to-face. Our Moodle Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) provides online learning resources.

We offer classes for this programme at our modern, well-equipped campuses at Limehouse in London and Birmingham. 

Assessment of the Programme

We assess the qualification through a combination of assignments, a portfolio of teaching evidence and observation of teaching or training. We do not include simulation of teaching (micro-teaching) in assessing this qualification.

Candidates must complete a requirement for a minimum of 100 hours of teaching/training practice and a minimum of eight teaching/training practice observations, which must reach the required standard of practice.

Candidates will be observed on the following mandatory units (see Units on the programme):

  • Teaching Learning and Assessment (Level 4)
  • Developing Teaching, Learning and Assessment (Level 5)

Candidates must provide evidence of a minimum of two assessed observations of practice that meet the required standard of practice to be eligible for the award of credit for any of the above units.

Candidates must provide evidence of a minimum of eight assessed observations of practice that meet the required standard of practice to be eligible for the award of credit for both units.


Candidates applying for this programme must

  • be aged 19 and above
  • be qualified/ experienced in the subject they intend to teach
  • have access to 100 teaching practice hours
  • Possess reasonable levels of language, literacy and numeracy.

All trainee teachers joining this qualification programme should undertake an initial assessment of skills in English, mathematics and ICT. 

Candidates must record their development needs and agree on an action plan to address them.

We will review records of development needs and previous action for candidates who have already completed a recent initial assessment to address them.


Please note we teach and assess the Level 5 DET (with Learning and Development) entirely in English. All Applicants applying for entry onto the programme must demonstrate English language skills.

Non-native English speakers who have not carried out their final two years of schooling in English should demonstrate ability at a standard equivalent to:

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
  • PTE Academic 51, or
  • IELTS 5.5 (reading and writing must be at 5.5

We assess the level of English language competency for all candidates as part of the selection process using a written statement and an interview.


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a method of assessment that considers whether learners can demonstrate that they can meet the evaluation requirements for a unit through knowledge, understanding or skills they already possess and do not need to develop through a course of Learning.

We use some terms to describe the RPL process. Among the most common are:

  • Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)
  • Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)
  • Accreditation of Prior Learning and Achievement (APLA)

In all cases, we evaluate learner evidence concerning the stipulated learning outcomes and assessment criteria against the respective unit(s).

The assessor must be satisfied that the evidence produced by the learner meets the assessment standard established by the learning outcome and its related assessment criteria at that particular level.

Most often, we use RPL for units.

It is not acceptable to claim for an entire qualification through RPL. Students must request at the application stage to use RPL as part of the entry criteria


The application process allows the admissions team to select applicants meeting the above entry qualifications and demonstrating English Language competency. The admissions team will consider applications on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants should submit an application form and present the required documents. The registrar will invite the applicants onsite, where they must

  • Write a personal statement, answering a few short questions in their handwriting
  • Attend an informal interview based on their statement

Successful applicants will receive admission offers with an invitation to show evidence of how they will pay the tuition fees for the programme.


Once tuition fees are approved/paid, student enrollment in the course and induction occurs before students begin their studies.

Course Structure

  • Guided Learning Hours: 360 – 495, including 100 hours of teaching practice
  • Total Qualification Time: 1200, including mandatory class attendance, tutorials and completion of assessments 

To achieve the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (with Learning and Development), candidates must complete a minimum of 120 credits;

  • 75 credits from the mandatory units
  • A minimum of 45 credits from optional units

All of the mandatory units are Education and Training Units. The optional units comprise Education and Training units and Learning and Development units.


Mandatory Units
Unit Guided Learning Hours Credits Unit Level

Teaching, learning and assessment in education and training

65 20 4

Developing teaching, learning and assessment in education and training

65 20 5

Theories, principles and models in education and training

65 20 5

Wider professional practice and development in education and training

50 15 5
Optional Units
Developing, using and organising resources in a specialist area 50 15 5
Inclusive practice 50 15 4

Teaching in a specialist area

50 15 4


Candidates who complete this qualification will take an analytical and practical approach to all aspects of planning, delivering and assessing inclusive teaching and Learning. Whilst doing this, candidates will embed theories and principles in education and training and demonstrate them in their practice. Candidates will also research professionalism in education and training policies and consider their impact on their role and accountability as a teacher/trainer.

  • The qualification allows candidates to progress into employment as teachers/trainers.
  • Candidates can contribute to quality improvement and quality assurance within their organisation.
  • Candidates may progress into further education and training


£6,165 per academic year

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