This qualification is for those working in a wide range of education and learning settings. It is great for those currently in a full-time teaching role in post-compulsory education including further education colleges, sixth form centres, adult education, community learning and other training and educational settings.
This level 5 course is a route to gaining Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status so you can teach in schools, colleges and in further education. This course is the perfect stepping stone from the Level 3 Award in Education and Training. The Level 3 Award is designed as an introduction to teaching for all new teachers, trainers, and tutors in the Lifelong Learning Sector. Whereas the Level 5 gives you more in-depth information regarding the whole scope of what is expected from you in the classroom, build upon your ability to deliver an enriching programme, fulfil your role as a teacher effectively and to claim Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status (QTLS).
Learners are expected to complete 100 hours of teaching practice as part of this qualification.
You will be required to have 8 one hour assessed observations, 4 of which will need to demonstrate grade 2 characteristics of Ofsted’s guidelines. These relate to the mandatory units where you will be expected to deliver upon the required standard of practice. After each observation, you will be given developmental feedback to enable you to improve.
You may have other observations, where you will demonstrate the assessment criteria of the optional units.
You will need to evidence relevant teaching experience in an education or training context.
The units also contain a set of assignments and answers that will be marked academic and practical, to meet the assessment criteria of the unit. This includes a report, investigative report, a portfolio of teaching evidence and a reflective account.
The portfolio will be needed and is designed to cover the whole qualification.
- (120 credits total) 75 credit mandatory, 45 credit optional courses
Theories, principles and models in education and training
- Teaching, learning and assessment in education and training
- Developing teaching, learning and assessment in education and training (level 4)
- Wider professional practice and development
- Action research enquiry
- Reflective practice
- Use of learning resources
Level 3 Award in Education and Training or a relevant course.
Someone that has achieved a Level 4 is exempt from completing the first mandatory unit on the Level 5 as this has been covered in the level 4 qualification. There is also a chance to transfer some of the hours of practice and assessed observation hours to the level 5 qualification.
This qualification is widely recognised as the standard teaching qualification across the learning and skills sector, including further education and sixth form colleges, adult learning providers and employers (work-based learning and apprenticeships).
It can help individuals to progress into roles with additional management responsibilities, such as a Senior Teacher, Programme Manager or Head of Department. Additionally, with further training, you could gain employment in specialist roles including teaching literacy, ESOL, numeracy and disabled learners.
Type of Course
Part-Time Higher Education Professional Qualification