Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training
The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has launched a new resource to support those beginning careers in Further Education (FE) teaching and training. The ‘Preparing for a career in FE teaching and training’ course is free to access on the FutureLearn platform. It was developed by ETF with valuable contributions made by University of Portsmouth colleagues and the ETF and Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Technical Teaching Fellows.
It is intended both for new and prospective graduates, and those currently in industry or the armed forces looking to transition into FE teaching or even to combine careers, as dual professionalism is strongly advocated. It explores the sector and the roles and opportunities available in it, introduces key teaching and learning theories, and looks at why FE is considered central to the vision set out by the Government in its Skills for Jobs White Paper.
The level 5 DET qualification is suitable for both in-service and preservice delivery modes:
- in-service: this route is for trainees who are currently employed as teachers, trainees receiving on-the-job training, and work-based learners.
- Pre-service: this route is for trainees who are not employed in the sector but have access to teaching hours and a range of learning encounters. These teaching hours are often through a placement.
Level and size of the DET qualification
To be accredited with a DET qualification, you will need to achieve:
- 120 credits at levels 4 and 5, with a ‘minimum of 61 credits at level 5.’
One unit of credit is equal to 10 notional hours of learning. The level of the DET qualification has been determined using the RQF. Each level is categorised according to the level of difficulty, knowledge, skills, and competence required by Ofqual criteria and required to achieve the learning outcomes and requirements for any qualification.
The Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training qualification is made up of:
- 75 credits from Group A. Within Group A are the mandatory units that you must pass to achieve your level 5 DET qualification.
- 45 credits from Group B. Within Group B is a selection of optional units that you (or maybe your tutor) can choose from. Whichever units you (or your tutor) choose, they must add up to at least 45 credits.
The units you will cover are as follows:
Mandatory Units (75 credits):
- 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 practise in education and training
- Unit 5. Action research
- Unit 9. Developing, using, and organising resources within a specialist area
- Unit 15. Inclusive Practice
Along with your assignments, your teaching evidence folder will make up part of your portfolio and will include various elements that will be used as evidence by your assessor. The practical component requires you to compile an e-portfolio of your current teaching practice, including logging 100 hours of teaching across various contexts, levels, and learners, and 8 lesson observations.
Below is a short description of your portfolio and the folders within it, so you have a clear understanding of what you must do.
This folder contains some background reading on the DET and its purpose. It also has an Index file that allows you to see, at a glance, what you need to put into each folder within your portfolio and a further file that lists further reading and website lists that you may find useful.
This is for us to learn more about you. It includes the usual things like your name and contact details and a section to upload identification, which is required by the awarding body.
Achievement Summary Sheet
This document allows you and your course tutor to see at what stage you are in your qualification. It shows the units you have completed and the dates when you met them. You will continually update this as you work your way through the qualification.
Specimen Signature Sheet
The specimen signature sheet is a copy of your signature to be used on all documentation. You will need to provide a copy of your signature on this sheet. You can insert an image file into the table in the document, or you can print, scan and upload the document, whichever is more manageable for yourself.
In this section, you will answer some questions regarding your experience in teaching, your command of written and spoken English, and any Recognised Prior Learning you may have. You will also need to complete an online VARK test to identify your learning preferences, but we will also provide you with the link for this.
The assignments folder is where you will write the answers to your assignment questions. There are templates relating to each unit which you will need to complete to the required standard. We will send an e-textbook Achieving Your Diploma in Education & Training (2nd Edition) by Jim Gould and Jodi Roffey-Barentsen and an additional e-version of our Level 5 Handbook that includes more information, lesson notes, and templates. We advise you to use these for your further reference and guidance when answering the assignment questions as they contain lots of relevant information.
We have also included assignment examples within your portfolio. These examples are there to assist you to have an idea of what is required to submit your answers. We would, however, ask that you DO NOT copy and paste the content from the examples into your workbooks. They will be checked for plagiarism by your course assessor, and the external quality-assured, and any workbooks that have been plagiarised will not be accepted. This will result in you running the risk of failing this course.
The level 5 DET qualification is about developing and improving your practical skills, and therefore you will need to have access to at least 100 hours of teaching practice. This teaching should be sufficiently varied to provide you with opportunities to experience a range of teaching encounters. Practice should be with groups of learners, ideally of 12 or more, but the majority of the teaching practice must be to five or more learners and should include:
- Different teaching practice locations/settings/contexts.
- Teaching across more than one level.
- Teaching a variety of learners.
- Gaining subject-specialist knowledge through workplace mentoring.
Syllabus or Specification
This section is where you upload the syllabus or qualification specification related to the session you have delivered. This is important as it provides information on the units involved in your session, the time-scale of the course, and the assessment process within it. If you are teaching more than one course as part of your observations, you will need to include the additional syllabus or specifications here that relate to that observation.
Scheme of work
Your scheme of work will show the breakdown of your 100 hours of teaching. If this is across several courses, you will need to upload a scheme of work for each one. If, however, you have delivered one course that equates to the full 100 hours, then you will only need to upload one scheme of work. You will need to include dates and timings into this as evidence that you have met the required hours.
We have included two templates for you to use in your portfolio. One is a word document, the other is an excel spreadsheet, and you can use whichever one you prefer or are more comfortable with.
The scheme of work/s will cover your 100 hours of teaching but includes more detail. Each of your sessions must be a minimum of 30 minutes long and include the resources you used, such as presentations, handouts, and other relevant teaching materials. You should also demonstrate how the session catered for inclusion and the minimum core of literacy, language, numeracy, and ICT skills. Again though, we have included a template for you to use for this, should you not have your own.
Learner Observation Records
This folder gives more information on what you need to do to prepare and submit your session, for example, the minimum number of learners required, how to conduct the session, and how to record the session. We have also included our assessor’s observation template in this folder and their guidance notes so you can see exactly what it is they are looking for from your sessions.
We would ask that you use wetransfer.com to send your session recording to us, but we have included a tutorial video in this folder to explain to you how this is done. As always, if you do experience any technical difficulty when you submit your assessments via the website, you can always email us for assistance. We will be more than glad to help.
Part of the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training is to do with your own self-evaluation. After each lesson, you must take time to reflect on how your session and delivery went for you. So for this section, you will need to complete 8 self-evaluations on your delivery. This includes things like your planning, assessment practices, and resources used to meet the individual needs of learners, all in your own area of specialism. Again, we have given you templates to be used for you to complete these.
Learner’s Initial Assessments
This area allows you to upload any initial assessments that you have conducted with your learners or any induction documents that you have sent to them. This can include course information, pre-course tests, or assessments they may need to complete before starting the program you are delivering. We will need to have 5 completed initial assessments that you have used with your learners, but feel free to use the one that you completed from us if you do not have your own.
Individual Learning Plans
You will need to complete this document for 5 of your learners. This plan is to understand more about your learners. It shows their progress on the qualification they are on, any discussion notes you had with them, and target dates for achieving each learning outcome.
This area is for uploading any resources you have used in the delivery of your sessions. These can be things like PowerPoint presentations, worksheets or videos. You can also include photographs of these resources, but if you do, please give a detailed account of what resource it is that the picture shows, what and where it is used, and how effective it is within your lesson. Including various resources will bring your sessions to life and help keep your learners engaged throughout the session.
This area is for uploading any evidence of communication between you, your learners, and any other staff concerning the delivery of your sessions. This could include screenshots of emails, meeting agendas or minutes of a meeting, or even internal requests for the use of resources within your own organisation.
Learner Evaluation and Feedback
This folder is for feedback or evaluations from your learners on you. These can be surveys, questionnaires or screenshots of online reviews. They should be given to your learners to fill in on completion of you delivering a session to them. You will need to provide 5 feedback forms/ reviews from 5 separate learners and then upload these to us.
From the information provided in this introduction, you can see that, as trainee FE teachers, you belong to a sector that is constantly reshaping itself in line with government ideologies and policies. It is continually striving to make a difference and train and produce qualified and skilled teachers who can provide their learners with a quality education to equip them with the skills, attitudes, and attributes to live and work in modern society. By embarking on the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training or equivalent qualification, you are taking an important step to becoming one of these teachers.
You can refer to this book which will support you in your studies and as you progress further in your teaching career.
The qualification is supported by the Education and Training Foundation.