Aims and objectives of this qualification

This qualification 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 teaching and/or training responsibilities.

It can meet the needs of a range of trainee teachers, including:

  • individuals who are not currently teaching and training but who can meet the practice requirements, including the observed and assessed practice requirements, of the qualification

  • individuals who are currently teaching and training (including those who have just begun teaching and training) who can meet the practice requirements, including the observed and assessed practice requirements, of the qualification

  • individuals who are currently working as assessors and who wish to achieve a teaching qualification.

The objective of the qualification is to confirm occupational competence in a teaching role within the workplace

 

Entry guidance

All trainee teachers joining the generic qualification programme should undertake an initial assessment of skills in English, mathematics and ICT. They should record their development needs and, where applicable, agree an action plan to address them. If trainees join the qualification programme having already undertaken an initial assessment of their English, mathematics and ICT skills, their record of development needs and any previous action taken to address them should be reviewed and updated as required.

Learners are not required to have achieved a Level 3 Award in Education and Training or a Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training before undertaking a Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training. However, some learners may already have completed one or both of these qualifications.

 

Qualification structure and how to achieve

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.

 

Optional units

Optional units available for this qualification cover areas such as action research, specialist delivery

techniques and activities, and ESOL theories and frameworks; please refer to the Qualification Specification for more information.

Things you need to know

Total Qualification Time (TQT): 1200

Credit value: 120

Benefits and progression opportunities

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

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