The OTHM Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training is approved and regulated by Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation).
The Education Training Foundation has approved the OTHM Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training for accreditation. Learners successfully completing this qualification will be eligible to progress to the status of Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS).
This is conferred through a separate and subsequent process called professional formation and is administered by the Society for Education and Training (SET) which is the professional body for those working as teachers and trainers in the sector.
For entry onto the OTHM Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training qualification, learners must:
1- Hold a relevant vocational and/or academic qualification of at least the level above that of their learners and ideally a minimum Level 3 qualification in his/her own area of specialism.
2- Have access to 100 teaching practice hours during which learners have full responsibility for planning, delivering and assessing specific area/s of the institution’s provision.
3- Minimum core of literacy, language, numeracy and ICT
4- Learners must be 19 years old or older at the beginning of the course
English requirements: If a learner is not from a majority English-speaking country, they must provide evidence of English language competency. For more information visit English Language Expectations page in this website.
Centres need to ensure that learners are selected for suitability on the course, establishing that they meet the following minimum criteria:
5- Can read and communicate clearly and accurately enough to meet the requirements of their training
6- Do not have a criminal background which might prevent them from working as a teacher with young people or vulnerable adults.
The Centre must provide evidence that staff delivering the qualification hold as a minimum:
7- A teaching qualification equivalent to Level 5 or above;
8-Evidence of relevant teaching experience in an education or training context;
9- Access to appropriate guidance and support; and
10- On-going participation in related programme quality assurance processes.
The OTHM Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training qualification is equivalent to the Certificate of Education (CertEd). It is also a good alternative to the Postgraduate Certificate in Education.
This Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training will enable you to apply for QTLS status and be a recognised qualified teacher. Teachers with QTLS can also teach in schools.
The qualification is designed to be delivered over one academic year for full-time study, but it is also flexible in its delivery in order to accommodate part-time and distance learning.
The qualification is delivered face-to-face, through lectures, tutorials, seminars, distance, online by approved centres only.