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Undergraduate level qualifications

120 credits (online)

Ofqual Qualification Number: 603/6069/0

Course description


OTHM Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training is a teaching qualification which has a teaching/training practice requirement. It is an ‘in-service’ qualification designed for those working or wishing to work as teachers/trainers in England. You must have access to 100 hours of teaching and there must be a minimum of eight observations of practice, totalling a minimum of eight hours. The objective of the OTHM Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training qualification is to give you the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills needed to confirm occupational competence. This includes the planning and delivering of schemes of work and sessions, negotiation of individual goals, different teaching and learning strategies, communication issues and exploring a range of assessment practices. Additionally, optional units are available allowing you to explore areas directly relevant to your own teaching role. The OTHM Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training is appropriate for teachers, tutors, trainers, lecturers and instructors who may be working within an FE college, Adult and Community Learning Centre or Learning Provider and for those delivering work-based training such as within voluntary, community, private and public organisations.
The aim of this qualification is to enable you:
1. To understand the roles and responsibilities in relation to teaching
2. To understand appropriate teaching and learning approaches within the candidate’s specialist area
3. To plan, deliver and evaluate teaching sessions
4. To understand the use of assessment methods and record-keeping


Entry requirements

For entry onto the OTHM Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training qualification, learners must:
• 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.
• 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.
• Minimum core of literacy, language, numeracy and ICT
• Learners must be 19 years old or older at the beginning of the course

English requirements: As this qualification is taught in English, you must have an appropriate level of English for entry onto the OTHM qualifications. If you are not from a majority English-speaking country, you must provide evidence of English language competency. For more information visit the English Language Expectations page. If you do not hold any certificate, LSBE will provide you with an English Level Test for free. Please contact us.



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 Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS).

Accreditation & recognition

The programme is awarded OTHM - an awarding body by the UK Government’s regulator - Ofqual. The Education Training Foundation has approved OTHM Level 5 Diploma in Business Management for accreditation.

Qualification Structure and Content

OTHM Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training qualification consists of 4 mandatory units plus 8 optional units, 1200 hours Total Qualification Time (TQT) and the recommended Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for this qualification is a minimum of 360. The maximum guided learning hours will be determined by the optional units selected. To achieve the OTHM Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training, you must achieve a minimum of 120 credits; 75 credits must be achieved from the mandatory units in Group A, plus a minimum of 45 credits from the optional units in Group B. A minimum of 61 credits must be at Level 5 (therefore a minimum of 6 optional credits must be achieved at level 5).

Group A - Mandatory Units (75 Credits):

Teaching, learning and assessment in education and training (Level 4) (20 credits)
Theories, principles and models in education and training (Level 5) (20 credits)
Developing teaching, learning and assessment in education and training  (Level 5) (20 credits)
Wider professional practice in education and training  (Level 5) (15 credits)
Group B - Mandatory Units (minimum 45 Credits):

Develop and prepare resources for learning and development (Level 4) (6 credits)
Develop learning and development programmes  (Level 4) (6 credits)
Equality and diversity  (Level 4) (6 credits)
Evaluating learning programmes  (Level 4) (3 credits)
Identify the learning needs of organisations  (Level 4) (6 credits)
Manage learning and development in groups  (Level 4) (6 credits)
Understanding and managing behaviours in a learning environment (Level 5) (6 credits)
Action research (Level 5) (15 credits)

Duration and delivery

OTHM Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training qualification is designed to be delivered over one academic year if you chose to study full-time, however, it is also flexible to accommodate part-time and distance learning. At LSBE, the OTHM Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training qualification is taught through online learning (Learning Management System and weekly live webinars).


Assessment and Verification

All units within this qualification are internally assessed by the centre and externally verified by OTHM. The qualifications are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes. To achieve a ‘pass’ for a unit, you must provide evidence to demonstrate that you have fulfilled all the learning outcomes and meet the standards specified by all assessment criteria. The judgement that the students have successfully fulfilled the assessment criteria is made by the Assessor. The Assessor should provide an audit trail showing how the judgement of the students’ the overall achievement has been arrived at.



The Education Training Foundation has approved for accreditation the OTHM Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training. Students 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. The diploma also allows students to continue their study towards OTHM Level 6 Diploma in Teaching and Learning or a relevant Degree top-up programme with advanced standing at many universities in the UK and overseas. For more information visit the OTHM University Progressions page.


Technical requirements

As this qualification is taught through distance learning format, you will be studying online. Therefore, you must have access to a desktop or laptop computer and broadband internet connection.

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