Level 5 DET will be replaced with a new Level 5 qualification from Sep 2024

Enrol before September 2024 to secure a space on the current Level 5 qualification.

The Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (DET) which was formerly known as DTLLS, will be replaced by a new version of the qualification, called the Level 5 Diploma in Teaching (FE & Skills) from September 2024. This change applies to all training providers. 

If you are thinking about enrolling to the Level 5,  you will likely find it easier to complete the current version. 

You do not have to complete the current qualification before September, but you must enrol before the transition if you wish to complete the current version. It will continue to be nationally recognised so anyone working towards it or already has it, should not worry.

Current Level 5 qualification

The Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (DET) has long been recognized as a comprehensive qualification and it covers a wide range of topics, including teaching methodologies, curriculum design, assessment strategies, and the use of technology in education. 

In addition to the written work, planning and design or resources. The current L5 DET requires you to evidence 100 hours of teaching (aged 14+), 8 hours of those are observed. We offer two options. A reduced cost if you have access to a qualified observer in your workplace, or our tutors can observe this remotely and act as a mentor if you do not have access to your own. Learners can enrol anytime with an immediate start. 

New Level 5 qualification

The final qualification specification is not yet available, however we are aware that the new L5 Diploma in Teaching will be assessed with written essays and there is an increased requirement to evidence 250 hours (150 teaching hours aged 14+ and 100 other duties e.g. meetings/CPD) at two locations, and includes 20 hours of virtual teaching. There will be 10 observations to groups of at least 10 learners.  Two local mentors will be needed to support the learner: a subject specialist mentor and a pastoral support mentor.

Whilst awarding organisations are currently writing the full specification, this does appear to be more complex in terms of requirements and evidence. 

Why is the qualification changing?

The educational landscape continues to evolve, there is a need for qualifications to adapt accordingly. The replacement of the DET with the Level 5 Diploma in Teaching signifies a shift towards a more focused and specialized approach to teacher training. The new diploma places a greater emphasis on the practical aspects of teaching, aiming to better prepare educators for the challenges they may encounter in the classroom.

Key Features of the Level 5 Diploma in Teaching (FE & Skills):

  1. Specialized Content: The Level 5 Diploma in Teaching includes more specialized content that directly addresses the day-to-day challenges faced by educators. This may include modules on classroom management, student engagement, and effective communication in a teaching environment.
  2. Technology Integration: Given the increasing role of technology in education, the new diploma places a stronger emphasis on integrating technology into teaching practices. Educators will be equipped with the skills to leverage digital tools for enhanced learning experiences.
  3. Reflective Teaching: The Level 5 Diploma in Teaching encourages a reflective approach to teaching. Educators will be guided in critically analyzing their teaching methods, identifying areas for improvement, and continuously adapting to meet the diverse needs of their students.
  4. Collaborative Learning: Recognizing the importance of collaborative learning environments, the new diploma places a greater focus on collaborative teaching practices. This includes strategies for working effectively with colleagues, parents, and other stakeholders in the educational community.


We expect the replacement qualification will be more relevant and bring the qualification up to date. However, it looks like it will be more complex to complete, especially for those not working in a traditional educational setting due to the requirements for two mentors and additional practical evidence required.

If you are keen to progress to a Level 5 qualification or plan to gain QTLS in the future, time is running out to enrol on the current Level 5 Diploma. Click here to view full course details and enrol now.