Level 5 Diploma in Education & Training

NCFE Aim Reference: 60116225 GLH: 360 Age Restriction: 19
Qualification Number:601/1622/5 TQT: 1200 Units: 7 – 9
Level: 5 Minimum Credits: 120


The NCFE Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training prepares trainee teachers to teach in a range of contexts. There is a significant practice requirement as this qualification will assess and provide evidence of competence when undertaking to teach and/or training responsibilities. This qualification aims to meet the needs of a range of trainee teachers, such as:

– Individuals not currently in a teaching or training role but can meet the practice requirements.

– Individuals currently teaching and training (including those who have just begun teaching and training).
– Individuals currently working as assessors who wish to achieve a teaching qualification.

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Qualification Structure

To be awarded the NCFE Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training, learners are required to successfully complete four mandatory units and a minimum of three optional units.

Learners must achieve a minimum of 120 credits: 75 from the mandatory units and a minimum of 45 from the optional units. At least 61 credits must be at or above Level 5.

Mandatory Units

– Unit 01: Teaching, learning and assessment in education and training

– Unit 02: Developing teaching, learning and assessment in education and training

– Unit 03: Theories, principles and models in education and training

– Unit 04: Wider professional practice and development in education and training

Optional Units

Optional units available for this qualification cover areas such as action research, specialist delivery techniques and activities, and ESOL theories and frameworks.

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Work/Industry Placement Experience

This qualification requires learners to complete a work/industry placement experience throughout the duration of the qualification. There is a requirement for a minimum of 100 hours of practice and a requirement to evidence working with groups of learners to achieve this qualification.

What could this qualification lead to?

The objective of this qualification is to:

– confirm occupational competence in a teaching role within the workplace.

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:

– Bachelor of Arts (BA) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

– Bachelor of Science (BSc) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Learners may also progress into employment as a tutor within:

– further education colleges

– adult and community education providers

– offender education

– work-based learning providers

– the third/voluntary sector

– independent training organisations.

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