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What is the Diploma in Education & Training (Level 5)?

Our new programme combines teacher training and practical teaching placment. After completing the induction element, you will be able to start your practical teaching placment within the classroom, gaining new skills and experience to support your teacher training.

What is QTLS?

Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) is the badge of professionalism for post 16 education. It is awarded by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) and administered by the Society for Education & Training (SET). If you have QTLS status and ongoing membership with SET, you will be eligible to work as a teacher in a variety of education settings in England, including schools. You can read more about the legal parity which QTLS has with QTS here. For further information about QTLS and working in schools or academies; please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Our Programme

Our programme is your chance to use your creativity, personality and passion every single day, in an environment that’s challenging and rewarding in equal measure.

We don’t just enrol people who are fresh out of university. Many people take on our programme to start a new career or develop the skills they need to jump-start their teaching journey. We do not require any teaching experience but we will be looking for you to demonstrate examples of our values and competencies, which will be assessed at application and interview stage.

If you are successful at application and the interview stage, you will be made a conditional offer for the DET with QTLS Programme. The curriculum area you teach will be based on the needs of the School, Academy or College and your eligibility.

School Direct – Salaried

An employment-based route into teaching for those suitably qualified with three or more years’ career experience. The trainee is employed as an unqualified teacher by one of our partner schools or academies. The school pays for the trainee’s salary and teacher training.

Tuition fee (Non-Salaried) Placement Route

This route is where trainees pay the tuition fee and we will arrange for a Teacher Training Placement where required with one of our partner schools or academies.

Delivery & Prices

Online £1995 +VAT
Classroom based £3000 +VAT

We can also train groups in house for as little as £12000 +VAT for up to 4 people.
Don't hesitate to contact us if you would like a more tailored solution.

Primary, Secondary & Further Education Teaching

For primary teaching, we require a degree (2.2 or above), for Secondary & Further Education, we require a degree (2.2 or above) or in some cases Subject Matter Experience Only (Level 3 Qualification or above). 

The application and selection process is exactly the same for all applicants. You must meet the basic eligibility requirements as well as the teaching requirements for the curriculum area you will be teaching.

Classroom experience and School experience programmes

Gaining classroom experience before starting your teaching training is essential, without it how do you know teaching is for you? Our Taster day is a unique one day opportunity to engage with Essential Teaching UK and the local Schools, Academies or Colleges; starting to develop the skills and attributes needed to progress into teaching. Designed exclusively for those who wish to change career.

Learners may already be teaching and wish to have their experience and practice accredited, or not presently teaching but capable of meeting the minimum teaching practice requirement of 100 hours. If you are unable to complete the minimum teaching practice, we currently place participants into UTC Portsmouth, Milton Cross Academy & Portsmouth College, Hampshire and wider UK Schools & Colleges.

Our selection process

After you apply, your application is reviewed separately by two experienced members of the placement team. If you are successful, you will be invited to the interview stage. Success at your interview will lead to an offer, conditional on assessments including numeracy, language, literacy and curriculum knowledge.

Our placement team are here to help and keep you informed every step of the way, so if you're ever unsure of the next stage then don't hesitate to get in touch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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This qualification is suitable for individuals who want a qualification that focuses on practical teaching, and prefer a wide choice of optional units. This course is designed for local Schools, Academies Colleges, and covers the generic teaching skills that are required in becoming an effective teacher.

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The course can also be completed via Distance Learning anywhere across the UK

Contact Us at Essential Teaching UK

If you require any help or information on any aspect of our Education & Training Consultancy and you can't immediately find an answer here on our website then please feel free to contact us using this form.

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