Diploma in Education and Training Level 5

Course overview

This training will prepare you to become an outstanding teacher and reflective practitioner.

Why study for your diploma with Activate Learning? Because our teaching and study methods are guided by our award-winning Learning Philosophy, attributes and employer-engagement strategies. We’ll help you discover how you learn best, stay motivated and find employment once your graduate.

Some units are compulsory while the optional units will be selected based on your interests, so we can support you in your identified areas of growth.

The course’s schedule is flexible, which means there is a blended approach to delivery of face-to-face and online taught sessions.

In addition, there will be some intensive days scheduled during term breaks to complete shorter units. All dates will be agreed at the beginning of the course with the class.

You will graduate from this course with a well-stocked toolbox of resources and ideas. Once you have earned this Level 5 diploma, you can continue on towards earning your Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills Diploma.

Here at Activate Learning, we have a variety of teacher training courses that may suit your needs. Feel free to contact us to discuss the best way for you to get into teaching, or advance your career in education.

Please note: The main cohort is running in Reading college. This course will only run at our Oxford and Guildford colleges depending on the number of applications.

Within the course, trainees will improve their teaching practice through the study of both theory and strategy. There are seven required units and then options to complete two more. The required units cover:

  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Education and Training
  • Theories, principles and Models in Education and Training
  • Developing Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Education and Training
  • Wider Professional Practice in Education and Training
  • Developing Employability Skills
  • Developing, Using and Organizing Resources within Specialist Roles
  • Equality and Diversity

After discussing your interests with a teacher, you will select another two specialist units from a list of options.

  • Diploma in Education and Training Level 5 (DET)
  • Jan 1–5 Merrist Wood College HE centre 20/23 cohort
  • Level 3 Award in Education and Training (face-to-face sessions)
  • Diploma in Education and Training Level 5 (DET)
  • Aug 20/23 cohorts 10am–3pm


You will be supported by the tutors and assessment work is built into the coursework.

However, it is recommended that you dedicate a minimum of two hours a week to focussed study during this programme.

  • Candidates must hold a Level 3 subject specialism and have access to 100 hours of teaching throughout the two years, ideally teaching (on both a one-to-one and group basis) a variety of learners across a range of levels.
  • GCSE English Language and mathematics at Grade 4 (C) or above or Level 2 Functional Skills in English and maths.
  • For Non-native English speakers: IELTS 7.0 or equivalent (speaking and listening at 7.0) with no other component below 6.0.
  • Access to a subject specific mentor

You can apply for this programme online by clicking APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete your application.

If you would like help completing the enrolment you have the following options available:


  • Visit your nearest College Advice Centre which are located as follows:
    • G42 at Guildford (Stoke Park), The Harris Centre at Merrist Wood and reception in Farnham

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs). You will also be invited in for an interview to check your suitability for the course.

Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.

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