Diploma in Education and Training (DET)

This Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training has now replaced the older DTLLS qualification.

This qualification is defined as the minimum requirement for those wishing to teach or train in post 16 education.

Since 2007, through the workforce reforms, anyone wishing to teach in the post-compulsory (post-16) sector in the UK, is required to hold licensed practitioner status QTLS. DET is aimed at those individuals who wish to attain a ‘Full Teaching or Training Role’ and gain QTLS.

In order to achieve the DET qualification, learners will need to successfully complete a number of mandatory and optional units totaling 120 credits. They must also undergo a minimum of 8 teaching observations of at least 1 hour duration and provide evidence of 1o0 hours of teaching practice.

Full details of the mandatory and optional DET units will be provided during the induction phase to the programme.

CET to DET top-up course length- approximately 6 months depending on the study rate of the learner.

Our learners studying DET me from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Many are already teaching or training in some capacity, or are working as teaching assistants, and are looking to formalise their professional status as a fully qualified teacher or trainer, whereas some are new to teaching and training. Whatever your background, please contact us to discuss what options are best for you.

DET Programme:

Teaching or training placement is mandatory to complete your 100 hours practical experience which forms part of the qualification assessment.


This qualification is accredited on the Qualification Credit Framework (QCF) as a 120 credit Diploma at Level 5, comprising of four mandatory units with a combined 90 credits and three optional units that make up the other 30 credits.

Mandatory Units

  • Developing Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Education and Training
  • 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

Option Units

  • Inclusive Practice
  • Developing, Using and Organising Resources in a Specialist Area
  • Teaching in a Specialist Area

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is intended for Teachers who have a higher level of responsibility for teaching, in regards to the design, delivery and management of a curriculum within their specialist area, and who wish to achieve Full Teacher status i.e. Qualified Teacher in the Lifelong Learning Sector (QTLS) status.

Holders of this qualification are also recognised as being able to teach within Secondary Education as well as Further Education following a reform, which came into effect in 2012. This means that those wishing to teach in this area no longer need to have gained a CertEd or PGCE or other higher equivalent to teach.

Distance Learning

The online Diploma in Education and Training course which involves home study and completing the lessons and assignments with online tutor support. The tutor marks your work and when you are ready you can complete your teaching or training observations via skype or video. All training materials are available as soon as you are enrolled on your course; we provide templates and guides to help you through your course, so you can get started straight away.

Qualification level: 5

Credit value: 120

Programme length: approximately 12 months depending on study rate of the learner.

Course fee:

The cost of the course is £1299 (fully inclusive of registration fee) plus the awarding body registration fee £216.

Total investment fee of £1515

This fee can be discounted if you purchase more than one registration