Diploma in Teaching (DiT)

Diploma in Teaching (FE and Skills) (DiT)

A new framework for a qualification to replace the Diploma in Education & Training (DET) has been produced and is available from 01 September 2024.

It will be offered by awarding organisations (AOs) via colleges and training providers at level 5, and by universities/higher education institutions (HEIs) and their college partners at levels 5, 6 and 7. The terms CertEd, PGCE or PGDE may also be used.

The amount and level of study and research required for levels 6 and 7, and the difficulty and complexity of the assessment activities, will differ from that at level 5.

The qualification is based on the Occupational Standards from the Learning and Skills Teacher Apprenticeship.

Not all AOs will offer the qualification. You will need to find out if yours will, and ask to see their specification, as the units will differ between AOs. I recommend TQUK.

Resources, a reading list, and a text book will shortly be available.


  • There are levelling up payments available for FE teachers of certain subjects (closing date 31 March 2025).

  • Current programmes which start before 1 September 2024 and continue to run past this date will be unaffected and continue as the DET programmes. Final certification must be before 31 August 2027.

  • Anyone holding the DET (or the previous version known as DTLLS) will not need to upgrade to the DiT.

  • Click the download link below to access a free checklist to help you prepare to teach the qualification.


The qualification

  • The qualification can be taken full time (e.g. one year for pre-service trainee teachers) or part time (e.g. two years for in-service trainee teachers). 

  • The qualification includes 250 hours on placement (150 teaching hours with age 14+ [a minimum of 100 hours should be in a specialist subject] and 100 hours in other duties e.g. meetings/CPD/observing others (20 of these hours should be at a second location). 

  • Teaching practice should include a minimum of 20 hours of live remote teaching, and a minimum of 80 hours in-person teaching.

  • There will be 10 formal observations (minimum of 45 minutes each) to groups of learners (two observations can be by a subject specialist mentor). Up to two observations can be via a live remote delivery.

  • Two mentors from the work placement will be needed: a subject specialist mentor and a pastoral support mentor. The subject specialist mentor can carry out two formal observations. Centres must provide training to mentors.

  • Level 2 maths and English are an entry requirement, as is the ability to study at level 5 or above, be qualified/experienced in the subject to be taught, and a familiarity of using technology.

  • The qualification is 120 credits, 90 of which must be at level 5, and 30 credits can be level 4 or above. 120 credits is equal to a total qualification time (TQT) of 1200 hours. Guided learning hours (GLH) will be a minimum of 360. 

  • Some awarding organisations might only offer mandatory units which total 120 credits. Others might offer mandatory and optional units as choices.

  • Awarding organisations and HEIs will write the qualification specification and unit content, and provide guidance regarding assessments and observations.

Please note: the above information is taken from the DfE Framework. However, there may be some flexibility regarding particular trainee teachers' circumstances e.g. if they work in a prison or with SEND learners. Awarding organisations/HEIs will provide advice.


Click here to find out more about the book.

I have co-authored a book with Gavin Lumsden of Essential Teaching UK for the new Diploma in Teaching (FE and Skills).

It is also appropriate for the Learning and Skills Teacher apprenticeship programme.

We are hoping that it will be the starting point for new trainee teachers working towards the above.

It is written in my usual style, and published by Sage.

How does the Diploma in Teaching (DiT) differ from the Diploma in Education and Training (DET)?

  • The principles of teaching remain the same. However, emerging ideas and contemporary theories, along with innovations such as artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of technology have been included. Education for sustainability is an area which is included, as is more emphasis on subject specialist teaching (referred to as pedagogy within the qualification).

  • The Department for Education have provided a framework for awarding organisations (AOs) and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to base their qualification content on. They will be devising their own unit titles and content based on the framework, and they will differ in their approach. You will need to contact your AO for guidance.

  • The structure and content of the qualification (e.g. units, learning outcomes and assessment criteria) will differ depending upon which AO/HEI is used.

  • The content is based on the Occupational Standards (OS) from the Learning and Skills Teacher Apprenticeship (LST). All the standards must be met to be successful at achieving the qualification.

  • The qualification will be assessed by assignments, observations, discussions, and a portfolio of evidence (based on the OS). However, this will differ depending on which AO or HEI is used. 

  • Evidence in the learner's portfolio of evidence must be cross-referenced to the LST Occupational Standards. A 30 minute professional discussion (viva) will take place at the end of the course based on the portfolio contents. It is at this point that a decision is made as to whether the trainee teacher has passed or not. All the OS must be successfully achieved.

  • The DiT does not contain the minimum core.

  • Centres should consider a holistic approach to their delivery and assessment, and therefore aspects of several units or areas could be covered at the same time. Formative and summative assessment should take place, in line with the AOs and HEIs requirements. Observations should be ongoing and developmental.

  • A reading list is available. 



Course topics might include the following:

  • Action research
  • Assessment principles and practices
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Curriculum development
  • Developing and using resources
  • Digital and on-line pedagogies
  • Educational practice
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Learners and learning
  • Managing behaviour
  • Professional practice
  • Subject specialist teaching
  • Teaching and learning
  • Teachers and teaching
  • Teaching my subject

Awarding organisations and HEIs will decide the titles, content and credit values of their units, which will all differ. There is no nationalised qualification content, as it's based on the Learning and Skills Teacher apprenticeship standard



 The following text books can also be used by trainee teachers for the DiT. 

However, a variety of books should be used to demonstrate wider reading and research.


Resources will soon be available, along with a free mapping document of how they meet the Occupational Standards.

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