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University Diploma in Education and Training

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    The Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training is an accepted qualification necessary for gaining Qualified Teacher Status in the Learning and Skills Sector (QTLS). Offered as either a two-year part-time course or one year full-time course by Gloucestershire College under franchise from Birmingham City University.

    Examples of modules to be delivered are:

    EDU5217 Effective Teaching Learning and Assessment

    EDU5218 Professional Development in Teaching Practice

    EDU5219 Practice Based Enquiry

    EDU5220 Analysis of Inclusive Learning Resources


    The pattern of programme delivery includes:

    • Lectures
    • Directed study
    • Independent study
    • Research activities
    • Reading
    • Tutor observations
    • Peer observations
    • Mentor observations


    The principal aims are to help you develop your professional competencies in:

    • the management and organisation of 'classrooms' and other contexts for learning
    • the planning, preparation, implementation and evaluation of appropriate learning activities
    • providing assessment by means of a range of activities designed to support monitoring and recording of progress
    • examining teaching/learning strategies in terms of underlying assumptions, the study of relevant research and theory, and evolving social and technological change
    • interpersonal skills and effectiveness in working with students and colleagues
    • your understanding of equality and diversity issues and your capacity to develop such awareness in your students
    • your effective resource management


    • Reflective practice on-line blog
    • Podcast or videocast of their philosophy of teaching and their view of the roles and responsibilities of the teacher role
    • 8 x observation cycles with self-assessment, tutorial and targets. They choose which standards to be assessed against for each observation
    • Portfolio of evidence against the professional standards
    • Poster presentation of resources

    These awards qualify you to teach students between 14 - 16 and 16 - adult who attend programmes delivered by FE colleges or other training providers. Please note that these awards alone are not currently acceptable for school teaching although on attainment of Qualified Teacher in the Learning and Skills sector, (QTLS) which currently has parity with Qualified Teacher Status for schools (QTS) you may be employable in secondary school settings.

    The University does expect you to attend formal classroom sessions and to undertake a programme of directed and independent study subsequent to the delivery of the taught element and in preparation for the assignment. In all, you must be able to allocate about 10 hours a week to your studies on a part-time basis or 20 hours per week on a full-time basis.

    Additional entry requirements:

    • Access to 150 hours teaching and a suitable subject mentor
    • Minimum of Level 3 qualification in the specialist subject area chosen

    Teaching Hours:
    150 hours of teaching will be required to complete the course. Teaching hours can be voluntary or paid. Students should attempt to source their own teaching hours to fulfil the requirements of the course. We can help you by supplying contact details in some cases liaising with likely providers but cannot guarantee you a placement.  Offers will be conditional based on confirmation of being able to obtain a minimum of 150 teaching hours.  Although we may be able to assist you to find these hours, this cannot be guaranteed. It is advisable for candidates to be confident with E-Learning and have access to the internet. It is expected that candidates will make full use of on-line resources at both Gloucestershire College and the Birmingham City University to support their studies. Facilities are available within the college to Gloucestershire College students.

    If you need information about a loan for your fees and other related information please contact The Student Loan Company 

    Quoted fees on the web page are confirmed per course and are therefore the same for two years as one year. Applicants who receive sponsorship, e.g. Gloucestershire College staff receiving Training and Development support, should have their sponsorship agreed in writing before commencing the course.

    Interviews: You will be contacted for interview which will take place at Gloucestershire College under the direction of BCU.

    Please see Gloucestershire College’s Admissions Policy and Code of Practice available at (subject to agreed amendments).  Gloucestershire College’s Admissions Policy and Code of Practice has been written based on guidance from external bodies that regulate consumer law, customer protection and education standards.  If you have any queries about either Gloucestershire College’s Admissions Policy or Code of Practice, please contact Gloucestershire College’s Admissions department via telephone 01242 532008 or

    Please note that modules could be subject to change but any such changes, to module delivery, would be in consultation with the students.

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What You Will Pay

British and European Union students

You will pay £7,700 for your course

When you enrol you’ll need to pay any course fees for the first year, which you can do by direct debit, cash, debit card or credit card.

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Why Gloucestershire College?

We guide any ambitious and motivated person on their journey through education and their career, by providing the right environment that encourages and nurtures individual talents.

Our industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching team provide our students with the skills businesses truly need.

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  • We offer industry relevant facilities
  • Our lecturers are passionate subject specialists
  • Employers value our students' skills

We'll look after you. We have dedicated teams to help you and a great Learning Mentor scheme.