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Education and Training

Course Code: DETT

Level: 5
Subject area: Business, Management & HR
Awarding body: City & Guilds
Qualification: City & Guilds, Diploma
Course type: Part-time
Time of Day: Evening
Duration: Two years
When you'll study: Thursdays, 5.15pm - 8.45pm

About the course

Do you want to reach fully qualified teacher status in the further education and skills sector?

The City & Guilds Diploma in Education and Training at City College Plymouth is an in-service route to a qualified teacher or assessor role in further education colleges, work-based learning, or community, public sector and private training. This course is ideally suited to those who want a teacher training course leading to a full teaching qualification.

You will acquire a practical teaching and training toolkit to use in your everyday professional role. You will also develop reflective and critical skills to enhance your practice and maintain your continuing professional development as a teacher in the further education and skills sector. 

What you'll learn

You will attend one taught class a week (3.5 hours) in term time, either face to face or online, and will undertake four to eight hours of independent study per week throughout the course.

You will gain a comprehensive and analytical understanding regarding the roles and responsibilities of a teacher/trainer in relation to: 

  • legislation
  • teaching theory 
  • communication and behaviour management
  • equality and diversity
  • inclusivity
  • wider professional practice. 

You will be able to:

  • use initial and diagnostic assessments
  • plan and deliver inclusive teaching and learning. 
  • assess learning
  • use appropriate resources to support effective learning.
  • meet the needs of learners


Entry requirements

This Level 5 course is part-time and in-service; this means you need to be in a suitable teaching or training post to enter the course. This can include voluntary teaching.

A minimum of 100 hours’ teaching/training practice is required over the two years of the course. 

You need to be suitably qualified in one or more specialist subjects or vocational areas. In most cases this will be a Level 3 or higher qualification. You must also demonstrate that you are working at Level 2 English, and good digital skills are essential in making sure you can complete the necessary assignments. It is also desirable that you have a mentor in your subject specialism to support your professional development as a teacher.


You will need to complete portfolios and assignments and be observed eight times in your teaching practice by your course tutor.  You must achieve a minimum standard of teaching to pass the course.

What's next?

On completion you may progress to higher level courses or apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills Status (QTLS).

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2022/23 (August 2022 – July 2023). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2023/24.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)

Although we’re not yet able to confirm the start date for this course, applications are now welcome, just complete an Expression of Interest form.
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