Who is the awarding body?TQUK- Teaching Qualifications U.K

How many course credits? 120 Credits.

Is it an accredited course? Yes, it is an Ofqual Regulated Qualification (RQF), a fully accredited course.

Is it recognised outside of the UK? It is a U.K based qualification, however U.K qualifications are highly sought-after internationally. Some of our previous learners have found teaching positions in the Middle East and Asia with this qualification.

Does the qualification expire? No, the qualification is yours for life and does not need to be renewed once achieved.

How many guided learning hours? 140 Guided Learning Hours (GLC).

How long does the average learner take to complete the qualification? Most learners take between 9-12 months to complete the qualification. There are no official deadlines with the course and you can take as long as required. You can work on either the assignments or your teaching portfolio at your own pace.

How long does the certificate take to process after I have completed the course? The certificate takes up to 10 working days to process and will be emailed to the booker of the course following the I.V process.
Will I receive a hard-copy of my certificate? No, all certificates are electronic (pdf). Certificates can be downloaded and printed once received.

What are the 7 written assignments? The assignments focus on different areas of teaching and learning, the titles of the assignments are:

Unit 2-Teaching, learning and assessment in education and training
Unit 15- Inclusive Practice
Unit 1- Developing teaching, learning and assessment in education and training
Unit 4- Wider Professional Practice
Unit 5- Part 1 Action Research-What is Action Research?        Unit 5 Part 2- The Action Research Project
Unit 3- Theories Principles and Models in Education and Training
Unit 9- Developing, using and organising resources in a specialist area
How long are the assignments?
– The suggested word count is 5-6,000 words per assignment- however there is no official word count-you can write as much information as required. Assignments can be written in the first or the third person. Most candidates pass each assignment on the first or second submission.
How many references or sources of information do I need to include within the assignments? We recommend that you include a minimum of 5-6 references per assignment (textbooks, websites, journals). You can also include other sources of information from your own industry such as a staff hand book, policies or procedures. Each candidate will receive a hard copy of the Ann Gravells Level 5 DET text book at the beginning of the course.

What support will I have available? Support is available over the phone-the office hours are Monday-Friday (9.00am-5.00pm). Office contact number: 01737 237590. All new level 5 learners will have a zoom welcome meeting with a teacher at the beginning of the course. The office team email is for any course questions and email support. Our dedicated marking team work to 5 working days to review and turn around assignment marking. You can submit as many assignment resubmissions required in order to meet the pass criteria- there are no additional resubmission fees on our courses. The Train Aid YouTube Channel contains the latest support videos to assist you with your qualification.
What are the entry requirements? Candidates must be 19 years old to begin the course. You must be working within a teaching or training role and have access to 100 hours of teaching practice and be observed 8 times. You could be working within a part time or full time teaching role or have access to voluntary teaching hours to log your teaching hours. 

Can I teach 1-1 lessons and will these count towards the 30 hours of teaching evidence? No, you must be teaching to groups or classes of learners. We recommend a minimum of 3 learners or more. Teaching can be face-face or virtual (delivered on zoom/teams). You can deliver a range of different subject/qualifications within your teaching portfolio. Teaching hours must be delivered to candidates aged 14+ or S.E.N learners. You will not be able to log teaching hours if you work within a primary or early years setting.

What other evidence do I need to submit? You are required to submit a portfolio of teaching evidence containing: 100 hours of lesson plans, Schemes of work, syllabus/specification, 8 lesson observations, 8 self-evaluations, initial assessments, ILP’s, teaching resources, communication with colleagues and learner feedback.

Who can observe me for the 8 observations? A teacher with a minimum of a Level 5 teaching qualification or higher can observe you. You will need to send a copy of the certificate to Train Aid when you first register for the course.

Are the observations graded? No, the observations are developmental and can be completed on the Train Aid observation form or own organisation’s observation template.

Can Train Aid observe my lessons? Train Aid can observe a recording or a live lesson over zoom for £30 inc vat per observation- please contact the office to arrange this service.

Are there any additional fees if my assignments do not meet the standards? There are no additional fees, the marking team will provide you with supportive feedback to make corrections to your assignments.

Can I use my hours from a number of teaching establishments? Yes- you can use a variety of teaching hours if you teach at different organisations. Many of our level 5 learners do teach at a variety of teaching establishments.

What qualifications do I need to begin the Level 5 DET course? You do not need any previous qualifications, basic I.T skills are an advantage for the assignments and lesson planning. The main priority is you are working within a supportive teaching environment and have access to 100 teaching hours
Do I need Level 2 in Literacy & Numeracy? You do not need level 2 in literacy & numeracy but you may wish to consider gaining these qualifications after your course.

Can I deliver my own courses with this qualification and offer certificates? You can- however you will need to gain the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA) in order to issue accredited course certificates.

Does the course count towards UCAS points? No, the qualification does not offer any UCAS points-however it is a valued qualification to assist with any university application.
Can I get funding for this course? – No we do not arrange for funding, however we do offer flexible monthly payment plans to support our learners on our courses.

What happens if I need to take a break from my studies? You can take as long as required to complete the qualification, there are no expiry dates with the Level 4 Certificate in Education & Training- however we do suggest for you to complete the qualification within 5-6 months from starting the course.
What are the progression areas after the Level 5 DET course?

QTLS (Qualified Teacher of Learning & Skills)
Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA)
Level 4 Award in Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (IQA)

Can you use this qualification within Primary, Secondary and the Independent school sectors? The Level 5 teaching qualification enables you to become a fully-qualified teacher within the post-16/college/further education. If you achieve your QTLS status with the Society for Education & Training this will allow for you to teach within the primary, secondary and independent school sector within England and Wales.
What teaching roles can I apply for? College/post-16 teacher roles, tutoring/teaching assistant roles. We recommend reviewing websites such as TES Jobs, and Reed Education  for the latest teaching vacancies.