Level 5 Diploma in Education & Training

Level 5 Diploma in Education & Training

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The City & Guilds Diploma in Education and Training at Coventry College is an in-service route to a qualified teacher or assessor role in further education, work-based learning or community, public sector and private training.

This course is ideal for those who want a teacher training course leading to a full teaching qualification and is an alternative to a PGCE. This qualification extends into investigation and research into current practice as well as theories and models relating to education and training. Throughout the course, you will demonstrate your ability to transfer the findings of research into practice. Upon completion of the course, you can apply for Qualified Teacher and Learning Skills (QTLS) through the Education Training Foundation. Achieving QTLS will also allow you to teach in schools on the same terms as QTS.

Course format

You will attend one taught class a week (three hours) Thursdays 13:00-16:00.  In term time and undertake approximately five hours self-study per week throughout the course. You will need to complete assignments for each unit and be observed eight times in your teaching practice by both course tutors and your mentor. You must achieve a minimum standard of teaching to pass the course.


The units you will study over the two years are:

  • Teaching, learning and assessment in education and training
  • Developing teaching, learning and assessment in education and training
  • Theories, principles and models in education and training
  • Wider professional practice and development in education and training
  • Inclusive practice
  • Teaching in a specialist area
  • Action learning to support development of specific pedagogy

This level 5 course is part-time and in-service; this means you need to be in a suitable teaching or training post to enter the course. A minimum of 100 hours teaching/training practice is required over the two years of the course and you must arrange a subject-specialist mentor.

You can find out more about getting into teaching in FE here. https://www.teach-in-further-education.campaign.gov.uk/

You need to be suitably qualified in one or more specialist subjects or vocational areas. In most cases this will be a level 3 or higher qualification and GCSE grade 4 or equivalent in English and Maths. You will undertake an initial assessment of the basic skills needed for the course, including literacy or ICT. You must be able to appoint a mentor in your subject specialism to support your professional development as a teacher.

£1100 per year.

Student loans are available to pay the tuition fees for this course – further information is available from the Student Finance England website.

This course is free If you live in the West Midlands Combined Authority area. To be eligible for this funding you must be 19+ years old and live in the West Midlands, on a low wage below £18,135 or unemployed.

Course Summary

Length of study:
2 years


Term dates

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Study option(s):
Part time

Course level:
Level 5

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Fees and funding

If you are aged 16-18 and applying for a full-time programme, then you will not have to pay for your course. If you are aged 19+ then there may be a fee for your course.

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