Diploma in Education and Training (DET)

What is the DET?

young peopleThis qualification provides training for those individuals who aspire to, or hold, a teaching role with an extensive range of teaching or training responsibilities.

To be awarded the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training, a total of 120 credits must be achieved.

Entry requirements
 – There is a practical requirement for a minimum of 100 hours of practice.
– You must be working with individuals of 14+ years

Other entry requirements for the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training are for all trainee teachers completing the qualification should hold or work towards a minim of a level 2 qualification in numeracy, literacy and ICT or a level 3 if you chosen subject area is numeracy, literacy or ICT.

Unit outline

The units are a mixture of mandatory units and optional units. The DET qualification needs to reach a particular credit value with some at level 4 and some at level 5. We have worked out the best units with the required credit value to support any teaching role.

Mandatory units Optional units
  • Planning, delivering and evaluating inclusive teaching and learning; 
  • Assessing learning in education and training; 
  • Understanding theories, principles and models in education and training; and 
  • Understanding professionalism and the influence of professional values in education and training
  • Teaching in a specialist area
  • Specialist delivery techniques and activities
  • Understanding behaviours in education and training
  • Developing and using resources in education and training
  • Understanding the principles and practices of assessment

For full details of what the units cover download the
DET information sheet


DET course structure

This is a flexible distance learning course that can be completed at a time to suit you. On enrolment, you are allocated a personal tutor who will be your support for the duration of the course.

The duration of the course is different for different people but takes an average of six to 18 months. We work around you and your current commitments.

Your units are completed through workbooks which are sent to you, document evidence and observations of your teaching practice.

Is this the right course for me?

This qualification is suitable for individuals who: 

  • want the opportunity to explore underpinning theories, frameworks and research into effective teaching and learning alongside developing practical teaching skills; 
  • are currently teaching and want to have their experience and practice accredited; 
  • are not currently teaching but can meet the minimum teaching practice requirement of 100 hours; 
  • are able to undertake a large qualification, lasting one to two years; 
  • have the potential to study at this level, which has the same level of demand as that of a degree course;
  • want a choice of optional units to reflect the context in which they teach;
  • want a qualification recognised as equivalent to the Post Graduate Certificate in Education; 
  • are willing to undertake an initial assessment of their skills in English, mathematics and ICT, record their development needs and follow an action plan to address them where necessary. 
Further information


Costs Booking DET Information
The cost of the DET is £1245*  See the DET information sheet for full details.

There is also an option to pay in six monthly instalments.

*Further costs may be incurred if you require a Windmill Training representative to complete the observations.

You can enrol by filling in the online enrolment form and payment page here. Once enrolled, we will send you a welcome email with your course details. You can download the full DET information sheet here .