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Education and Training Level 5 Diploma (Formerly DTLLS) (1 Year Fast-Track)

Teacher Education HE Part-time


Education and Training Level 5 Diploma (Formerly DTLLS) (1 Year Fast-Track)

The Level 5 Diploma in Education (DET) is a qualification for those who want to teach in the Post Compulsory Education (PCE) sector. Candidates will have career aspirations to teach in Further Education (F.E), Higher Education (H.E) or Adult and Community Learning (A.C.L). The qualification leads to QTLS (Qualified Teacher in Learning and Skills) which is the main requirement to teach in the PCE Sector. QTLS is given for those wanting to teach learners aged over 16 yrs of age and is awarded by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF – Formerly the IfL). This is different to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which is for those wishing to teach in schools.

As a Level 5 teaching qualification the course content is exactly the same as a CertEd/PGCE in Lifelong Learning and carries the same value and credit with regulators, employers and the education and training sectors. Once you have completed the DET this will enable you to gain QTLS – Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status with the ETF, the professional body for the PCE sector.

Application deadline

Applications for the full-time DET course will be accepted up until the start of the course but, any candidate wishing to have a placement at Bedford College must submit their application by 31 July 2021.  Our full-time DET is very popular and placements with mentors are limited, so we encourage applicants to submit their applicants as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Available Courses
Bedford College
Starts: 17/09/2021
Type: HE
Day(s): Friday
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:45pm
Length: 1 year
Fees: £2,563.00
Apply online Fee notes: The fee indicated above is the fee for each year of the course.
Tresham College Kettering Campus
Starts: 17/09/2021
Type: HE
Day(s): Friday
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:45pm
Length: 1 year
Fees: £2,563.00
Apply online Fee notes: The fee indicated above is the fee for each year of the course.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information on the Website is correct, some details may be subject to change. The Bedford College Group reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient. In the unfortunate situation that we have to cancel a course we will refund your fees in full, but we regret we are not able to offer any refund if you withdraw from your course or fail to start, and you will be liable to pay any outstanding fees that may be due.

Course Information

Entry requirements


  • A minimum of a Level 3 qualification in your subject area
  • Completed 100 hours of teaching
  • A commitment to work towards completing maths and English at Level 2 (GCSE Grade C) by the end of the course
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

If you do not already have the Level 3 Award in Education and Training (or equivalent) you will need to undertake this qualification prior to the start of the course. We offer an intensive course to meet this requirement

Course content

Attendance at Bedford College will be for one full day a week (unless you are also in placement with Bedford college and this will mean two extra days attendance).

This course will enable you to take a practical and analytical approach to all the aspects of training and education, right from planning and designing learning through to teaching, assessing and supporting learners. You will also cover the theories and principles of education and training and be given the opportunity to embed these in your own teaching and practice.

During the DET course you will have the opportunity to:

  • carry our research into education and training
  • investigate policies and professionalism in the education and training sectors
  • research your own role and potential as a teacher/trainer
  • contribute to quality improvement within your own organisation
  • help develop quality assurance within your own teaching practice
  • demonstrate theories and principles of inclusive teaching and learning in professional practice.

The Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (DET) not only gives you expertise and the chance to investigate the theories and current practice of education, but also gives you the opportunity to demonstrate that you can transfer the findings of your research and investigation into your own teaching practice.

Assessment methods

You will be allocated a dedicated tutor who will assess your work. To progress you will complete various assignments, both theoretical and practical. Your tutor will check your work, they will also provide you advice, support and guidance to achieve the standard required by the City and Guilds courses in Education and Training. There is no formal exam, however the DET course requires that your tutor will observe you teaching your own candidates on a minimum of eight hours/occasions. We’ll arrange this with you on a one-to-one basis to suit your schedule.

Further study and career options

On successful completion you will be qualified to practice as a Teacher, or Trainer in the Lifelong Learning and F.E, H.E and ACL sector. Professional Formation for Teachers and Trainers in the Lifelong Learning and FE Sector (QTLS/ATLS). QTLS can now be transferred to QTS and this could be a route for teachers wanting to teach in Secondary Education (Schools).

Additional information

The course leads to QTLS (Qualified Teacher for Learning and Skills.  QTLS can now be transferred to QTS and this could be a route for teachers wanting to teach in Secondary Education (Schools).

There will be a nominal extra tuition fee to cover the Level 3 Award in Education & Training if you do not already hold this. Please enquire for details.

Successful applicants will become a student at both Bedford College and the University of Bedfordshire and will therefore have access to both sets of facilities and amenities within each institution.

You will be required to attend two interviews; one informal exploratory talk with the tutor and one formal interview with the tutor and mentor/department head for which you will have to prepare a micro-teaching session. This process may take several weeks to complete.

Please note that applications received after 31 July 2021 may not result in a place being offered on the full-time course due to the length of time that the application and placement process takes. Please enquire for alternative course information.

To apply, please:

  • Download the documents below
  • select the ‘Apply online’ button below and complete your application in as much detail as possible
  • in the ‘Personal Statement’ section, you must write a full personal statement of 250 words minimum starting:
    • What subject you would like to teach
    • What Bedford College department this subject is likely to be based in
    • Why you want to become a teacher
    • Why your qualifications and experiences to date prepare you well to become a teacher
    • Where you see yourself in five years
  • in the ‘Qualifications’ section, ensure you include titles and grades for any degree/s, other teaching awards gained and your highest levels of English and Maths

At this appointment you will also be expected to bring all your supporting documents (including certificates for your degree and accompanying transcript, other teaching awards, Level 2s/GCSE ‘C’s or above in both English and Maths and passport).

If you have any specific queries about the interview process, content of the course, acceptance of other teaching awards, bursaries available, specific dates/times etc. please e-mail


Funding Information

You could be eligible to take out a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees. Click on the link below to find out more about the financial support available for our Higher Education courses.

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If you decide to pay for your course yourself, we also offer an affordable Direct Debit instalments option to help spread the cost of tuition fees (terms apply).

Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support

We are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.

Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 to order your copy.