Teaching in the Life long Learning Sector Level 5 Diploma - Vocational Qualifications (QCF)

The Level 5 Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector has been developed to recognise student teachers’ abilities to teach and support learning in a post-16 context. They have been designed to develop and accredit the breadth of knowledge and skills required by teachers to deliver learning programmes and undertake responsibility in managing the learning process.

Teachers successfully completing the Level 5 Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector will have the necessary knowledge and skills to fulfil the full teacher role as defined in the over-arching standards for teachers, tutors and trainers in the lifelong learning sector by Lifelong Learning UK. The full teacher role is defined as: “A teaching role that carries the full range of teaching responsibilities (whether on a full-time, part-time, fractional, fixed term, temporary or agency basis) and requires the teacher to demonstrate an extensive range of knowledge, understanding and application of curriculum development, curriculum innovation or curriculum delivery strategies.”

It aims to develop student teachers’ skills and knowledge, and to recognise their achievements in a practical way that is relevant to the work context and reflects the professional values of teachers in the lifelong learning environment. It is anticipated that much of the practical evidence required to meet the assessment requirements of the qualification will be naturally occurring. The qualification has been designed to be context-free and, therefore, meets the needs of teachers working across all subject/vocational areas.

The credit value for this qualification is a minimum of 120 credits.

Candidates are required to complete a minimum of 60 credits from one of the three pathways in year 1 and then a minimum of 60 credits in year 2.

Candidates can transfer in the Level 3 or Level 4 ‘Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector’ if they have already completed these units. The same applies to any other unit that has the same QCA number as a unit within the Diploma structure.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.

Qualification structure

To achieve this qualification, candidates must complete a total of at least 120 credits.

Assessment and Grading

The qualification, which consists of 120 credits, will be locally assessed and externally verified. Each unit will be graded pass or fail.

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