DiT (FE & Skills)

Diploma in Teaching (Further Education and Skills)

This qualification will be available for registration from September 2024.

Centres will need to check with their awarding organisation if they will offer it. 

Resources will be available from early next year.

They will be based on my original resources and produced, managed and sold by Essential Teaching UK.

A new framework for a level 5 qualification to replace the Diploma in Education & Training (DET) has been produced and will be offered by Awarding Organisations at level 5, and by Higher Education Institutions at levels 5, 6 and 7. It is based on the Learning and Skills Teacher Apprenticeship programme and maps to the Occupational Standards for Learning & Skills Teachers.

  • The qualification includes 250 hours on placement (150 teaching hours with age 14+ and 100 other duties e.g. meetings/CPD) at two locations, and includes 20 hours of virtual teaching. There will be 10 observations to groups of at least 10 learners.

  • Two local mentors will be needed to support the learner: a subject specialist mentor and a pastoral support mentor.

  • Level 2 maths and English are an entry requirement.

  • Awarding organisations will write the qualification specification and optional unit content.

  • The DfE confirmed that qualifications created under the framework will be eligible to receive public funding from 1 September 2024 (subject to completion of required Student Loans Company processes).

Current programmes which start before 1 September 2024 and continue to run past this date will be unaffected and continue as the DET programmes. All new programmes from this date will need to meet the new qualification framework to be eligible for public funding.

Diploma in Teaching (FE & Skills) Level 5+

Five core units (total 90 credits):

  • Teaching My Subject
  • Learners & Learning
  • Teachers & Teaching
  • Professional Practice
  • Educational Technology

Plus 30 credits from optional units (TBC). There is no separate minimum core as all relevant areas are embedded.

You can download the qualification framework here.

You can find out more here.


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