Diploma in Education and Training (DET)

Our Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training, also known as the DET course, qualifies you to teach post-16. Develop your effectiveness in the classroom with this specialist teacher training course.

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A wise man once said that teaching is the profession that creates all other professions – as such, it’s a position of great privilege, but equal responsibility. A great teacher is there to help, to advise, encourage, and nurture.

This Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (DET Level 5) will qualify you to teach post-16.

If that sounds appealing to you, then the good news is that you don’t need a degree. Our Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training course (Level 5 DET) is a nationally recognised teaching qualification for the post-16 sector, and once you’ve completed it, you’ll be able to:

  • Become qualified to teach in the post-16 sector – no degree required!
  • Register with the Society for Education and Training (SET)
  • Work towards QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills) status

After you’ve breezed through 100 hours of teaching practice via your DET course and qualification, this course will enable you to:

  • Teach in further education colleges, as well as adult or community centres
  • Teach in the third or voluntary sector
  • Teach prison or offender education
  • Teach for work-based learning providers
  • Teach in the public sector, such as police or paramedic training
  • Teach in schools and academies, for ages 14-19.

As you study for your Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (DET), you’ll work at your own pace, in your own time, you’ll explore the roles and responsibilities of the teacher, how to manage behaviours in a learning environment, which assessment methods to use and when. In short, Level 5 DET will equip you with everything you need to know to become a brilliant teacher!

What you'll learn

Unit 1 - Pedagogy & models of learning (assignment)

In this assignment, you’ll learn about pedagogical theories and theorists. Pedagogy is an approach to teaching which refers broadly to the theory and practice of education and how this influences the growth of learners. Understanding the learning process is the most important skill a teacher can have! Theory and practice go hand in hand, so you need to show how you use your knowledge of the theories and principles of learning to understand, develop and inform your teaching.

Unit 2 - Equality, diversity and inclusion (assignment)

In this assignment you’ll focus on the UK legislation relation to equality, diversity and inclusivity of the teaching approaches that address the needs of students from a variety of backgrounds, learning needs, and styles of learning. You’ll research how to use strategies that contribute to an overall inclusive learning environment, where all your students are equally valued and are able to demonstrate and develop their skills.

Unit 3 - Behaviour and communication (assignment)

Next, you’ll study impact of behavioural and communication theories that will enable you to understand how to manage behaviours in a teaching role. You’ll gain an understanding of the characteristics and impact of behaviours in the learning environment, related legislation, and organisational policies that regulate the management of behavioural issues. You’ll investigate practice relating to your own area of specialism, how to apply theories, principles and models of communication in relation to planning and delivering an inclusive lesson. This assignment also requires that you apply theories and models of reflection in order to evaluate your own practice.

Unit 4 - Wider professional practice and development in education and training (assignment)

The purpose of this assignment is to provide you with knowledge, understanding and skills relating to wider professional practice in education and training. It includes understanding professionalism and professional values in education and training, the legislative and policy context of education and training, the impact of being accountable to stakeholders and external bodies, and the organisational context of education and training.

Unit 5 - Making effective use of assessment (assignment)

This assignment will encourage you to develop your understanding of the key principles of assessment and the range of assessment activities. It will also ensure that you have the opportunity to devise an assessment activity relating to your teaching and to make the links between the theoretical principles of assessment and the practical assessment you will design and carried out.

Unit 6 - Curriculum design (assignment)

A curriculum is the content you’ll deliver to your students. Curricula can be designed by educational professionals who specialise in curriculum design or by working teachers who develop their own lesson plans for delivery to their own students. When designing a curriculum and its resources, there are several important factors to bear in mind; Inclusion, classroom management, special needs, legislation and codes of practice. This assignment will encourage you to research what curriculum design means and how to use it to develop your own teaching and learning plans.

Unit 7 - Critical reflection and evaluation (assignment)

Reflective practice is an essential tool for developing and extending the skills needed to teach in a sector which often has to be quickly responsive to change. You have practised thinking in a reflective way throughout your course. This assignment requires you to draw together reflections on your professional development and consider new research into various models of reflective practice. You’ll then be able to complete an assignment in which you reflect on what you have learned, how you have developed your ability and skills and what you have gained from your teaching experiences as you come to the end of your teacher training programme.

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Awarding Body


NCFE is the leader in vocational and technical learning committed to powering a more intelligent education eco-system. We combine over 170 years of experience with deep insight into what is needed and what works.

From world-class qualifications and content to new assessment methodologies, from innovative technology platforms to partnership opportunities with our network of expert collaborators – NCFE galvanises the education sector to shape the most innovative solutions for individual learning needs.  In doing this, we’re working for a fairer education system for all learners to power inclusivity and choice.

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Course Outcome

At the end of this course, successful learners will be awarded a formal DET Level 5 qualification certificate of achievement by NCFE. Our Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training online course has been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home.

How is this course assessed or examined?

This course is assessed in two ways:

Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
Each unit is followed by a tutor-marked assignment (TMA) which will be completed at the end of each module and marked by your tutor.

You will not be required to take an external exam with this course as your portfolio of evidence is internally assessed by us and externally quality assured by the awarding body. The outcomes for each TMA are Achieved or Not Yet Achieved. Your tutor will provide feedback on your work, and should there be any amendments required, they will outline what is needed for you to complete that assignment.

Observation (included)
This course requires eight observations. This means that somebody will need to observe you in practice. This could be in a workplace or a voluntary placement. These practical observations are as follows:

  1. Internal Observation – there are three in total, and they can be conducted by a qualified person within your placement
  2. External Observation – there are five in total, and they will be carried out by an Oxbridge Assessor (we’ll visit you)

We offer five complimentary external observations for this course to any student on the UK mainland, which in addition to the internal observation, is enough to complete the course.

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Entry requirements

To enrol on this course you'll either, already be a trainee teacher with subject-specific experience, working with a teaching organisation or have a confirmed trainee teacher placement with a teaching organisation.

There is a mandatory practical requirement of 100 hours of teaching practice, 8 of these hours will need to be observed by a teaching-qualified colleague or mentor who will support you on your journey through this qualification.

You should hold English and maths at level 2.

Due to the nature of this course, the minimum starting age is 19.

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Yes! One of the many benefits of being an Oxbridge student is that you get access to great discounts with a Student Beans account! Eligibility criteria apply and acceptance is made at the discretion of Student Beans. Find out how to sign up.

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How do I become a teacher without a degree?

While this is an unusual route to becoming a teacher, it’s certainly possible. First, you have to work towards getting a Diploma in Education and Training (DET). In order to qualify for this, you’ll need to have at least Level 2 skills in Maths and English, but if you’re thinking of teaching these subjects, you’ll need a Level 3. Additionally, you’ll have to be able to evidence at least 100 hours of teaching experience.  

After obtaining your DET, you can apply for QTLS and obtain an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) certificate. After this, you’ll need to register for the Professional Formation, leading to the QTLS. 

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What qualifications do you need to become an assessor?

Before becoming a qualified assessor, you’ll have to obtain an assessing qualification at an accredited institution, such as Oxbridge. Once you’ve completed this, you’ll receive a Certificate of Competence and Statement Of Results (SOR). Now you can register with an Education and Training Quality Assurance Body (ETQA), and that’s that; you’re now a qualified assessor.

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What qualifications do you need to be a teacher?

In the UK, you are required to have a degree and gain a Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in order to teach in state schools. If you wish to teach at the primary level, you will also need to have achieved the minimum pass grade in GCSE English, maths, and science. 

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How long is a teacher training course in the UK?

Generally, you will complete a teacher training course within one year, should you do a post-graduate PGCE program. During this time, you’ll spend both academic time on campus and several weeks in school placements, getting hands-on experience. This is also when you will train towards your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) recommendation. 

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How do I become an assessor?

In order to become a qualified assessor, you’ll need to hold a minimum of a level 3 qualification in the area you’re hoping to assess as well as industry experience. Additionally, you’ll have to obtain an assessing qualification like the Oxbridge NCFE Level 3 Certificate. 

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Why take a teaching assessing course online?

Assessing is another major part of post-16 vocational qualifications. You can become a qualified assessor or IQA with Oxbridge assessing courses. No matter what your occupation is, our flexible course will help you obtain the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA).

With our courses being online, you can complete the course in your own time, at your own pace, so it fits perfectly around work and other commitments.

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Why take a teaching course online?

There is a constant need to qualify more and more great teachers, and it’s unlikely this need will go away any time soon. If you’re considering pursuing a career in teaching, our Oxbridge courses are the ideal tool to help you prepare for the art of teaching. With our online courses, you can choose to set a schedule that fits your agenda.

Oxbridge courses will qualify you to teach post-16 and are also used as access courses for primary and secondary education qualifications. However, if you’re looking to teach Early Years (ages 0-5), then our Early Years courses will be more suitable.

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Explain the UK Education System – Key Stages

The UK educational system is divided into primary and secondary schools, with a few authorities running a three-tier system. The key stages include:

  • Early years foundation stage (EYFS): 0-5-year-olds – nursery and reception
  • Key Stage 1: 5-7 year olds – school years 1-2
  • Key Stage 2: 7-11 year olds – school years 3-6
  • Key Stage 3: 11-14 year olds – school years 7-9
  • Key Stage 4: 14-16 year olds – school years 10-11
  • Post-16 teaching

Our teaching and assessing courses focus on post-16 education.

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Courses Taught by Experts


Early Years

Beginning my career as an early years practitioner inspired me to step into the world of teaching. I have since elevated my skillset through a range of qualifications including L3 in Assessing Vocational Achievement, L3 in Education & Training and L4 in Internal Quality Assurance. I’m a big kid at heart; I love Disney movies and also dabble in photography.  



Counselling and Psychology

I always knew that a career focused around helping people achieve their goals was perfect for me. That’s why I became a tutor. I love to see my student’s confidence flourish as they progress through their courses. It’s important to help them fit their learning goals around their personal commitments so they have the best chance of success! 

Kelly, tutor


Education and Childcare

My 30-year stride in education started with childminding, to working with pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. I then tutored in a national reading programme and went on to become a Higher-Level TA. I’m elated to say I graduated with a First-Class BA Honours Degree when I was 50 – living proof that it’s never too late to chase your dreams!



STEM and History of Art

Marine biology, jellyfish conservationist, hairdresser, fitness instructor… I have an eclectic backstory! Art is my passion and one of my proudest moments was achieving my Masters in Fine Art. I then requalified as an Art teacher to share my knowledge with my students. For most of my career, I’ve supported vulnerable students with additional needs such as SEMH and SEN.



Health care

For 10+ years, my passion for helping learners develop and grow has driven my career as a teacher. To help me progress even further, I am currently studying to achieve the IQA award. I love reading and I’m a self-professed Harry Potter fan. Talk to me about all things history, rock music, tattoos and true crime podcasts. 

Laura, tutor
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