The Pearson BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (DET) is suitable for individuals who want to obtain a teaching qualification, current teachers and trainers, particularly for those who are working in (or aiming to work in) the work-based learning, further education and Independent Training Providers (ITP) sectors. Whether you are someone who is new to the industry or already working in the field but wish to gain a further teaching qualification, the Course prepares trainee teachers and trainers to teach in a wide range of contexts, in the post – 16 education (learning and skills sector).


The DET qualification is recognized as one of the Initial Teacher Education (ITE) qualifications under Society for Education and Training (SET), and can lead to Qualified Teacher of Learning and Skills (QTLS) status.

The course is also widely recognized by different FE Institutions, and other public, private, voluntary and community organizations. Learners can apply for various positions ranging from functional skills teacher, online/ e-tutor, further education teacher/ tutor to training officer and managers.

On completion of the course, students may choose to:

  • Complete portfolios with SET for
  • Progress to a BA in Education / Bachelor of Education (BEd).
  • Gain employment in various positions ranging from functional skills teacher, online/e-tutors, further education teacher, tutor to training officer and manager.


The DET qualification is recognized as equivalent to the Certificate of Education qualifications in the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. Learners who have achieved the Pearson BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training can progress to further higher education studies (Level 6) in Bachelor of Education (BEd) or BA (Hons) Education at numerous universities in the UK.


Full-time/ Part-time mode of study applicants are eligible for a tuition fee loan by Student Finance. This will cover the cost of your tuition fee, and is paid directly to the Course Provider. Maintenance loan entitlements are based on individual circumstances.

For further information, please visit www.gov.uk/student-finance website.


£6,000Per Year

The course is divided into two parts, both of which must be passed in order to be awarded the Pearson Diploma in Education and Training.

  • Part 1 – Academic Lectures.
  • Part 2 – Teaching Experience.

Students must attend all lectures and pass all 7 modules listed below, which are assessed entirely by Coursework.

No. Module Reference Number Module Level Credit Value Guided Learning Hours Assessment
1. *R/505/0923 Developing teaching, learning and assessment in education and training 5 20 65 Coursework
2. *H/505/0912 Teaching, learning and assessment in education and training 4 20 65 Coursework
3. *A/505/0818 Theories, principles and models in education and training 5 20 60 Coursework
4. *J/505/0837 Wider professional practice and development in education and training 5 15 50 Coursework
5.      T/503/5380 Action research 5 15 50 Coursework
6.      L/503/5384 Inclusive practice 4 15 50 Coursework
7.      J/505/1096 Teaching in a specialist area 4 15 50 Coursework
120 390

Students are required to complete 100 hours of certified practical teaching experience of which 8 hours will be observed by an Assessor


The course can be studied either full-time or part-time and has start dates in May and July/

Mode of Study Term1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Timetable Duration
*Full-time 2 Modules plus Study Skills 2 Modules 3 Modules N/A 2 Days per week 1 Year
*Part-time 1 Module plus Study Skills 2 Modules 2 Modules 2 Modules 1 day / 2 Evenings / 1 Weekend per week 2 Years

*100 Hours of Teaching Experience must be completed during the academic sessions.


Applicants must be 19 years of age or over.

  • At least one A-level or a level 3 qualification (or the equivalent) and 4 GCSE’s with a GCSE grade C and above in English and Maths (or the equivalent)
  • Applicants wishing to undertake the DET programme must be experienced or qualified in the subject they wish to teach at the appropriate
  • Applicants must have access to 100 hours of teaching/training Applicants must provide proof of having arranged or confirmed work placement.

Applicants who do not have the above qualifications can apply and will be assessed on their suitability for the course based on appropriate work experience or professional qualifications.

Non-English speaking applicants will be asked to provide evidence of their proficiency in English Language, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 5.5 or higher with no section scoring less than 5.5.