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What makes the Diploma in Teaching special?

The Diploma in Teaching (Further Education and Skills) is a nationally recognised qualification for teaching in the vast, vibrant, and diverse Further Education sector. The course will qualify you to teach post-14 learners in a range of educational contexts such as FE Colleges, Sixth Form Colleges, independent training providers (ITPs), Adult Community Learning (ACL) providers, or offender learning.

The diploma leads to a University of Worcester award but is taught at our partner institutions, Halesowen College, Birmingham Metropolitan College (BMet), and Walsall College. One module is taught by University of Worcester tutors, while the remainder of the diploma is taught by tutors from the chosen partner college, who will have detailed first-hand knowledge of the respective contexts, systems, and opportunities. These institutions are creative, vibrant and inclusive partnerships that provide stimulating and professional environments for your learning. At your placement, you will have a subject specialist mentor who will assist you in applying your theoretical understanding to real-life, subject-specific teaching contexts, and a pastoral mentor who will support you in your pastoral needs during the course.

Please note: You will need to have access to a minimum of 250 hours of placement (of which at least 150 hours must be teaching contact time). This can be full-time, part-time, paid, or voluntary



Key features

  • Outstanding track record for trainee employment
  • Focused on developing you as a subject specialist teacher
  • Combines practical teaching experience, teaching theory, and regular reflection on progress
  • Taught by highly skilled and experienced tutors
  • Includes experience of a second teaching location/setting
  • Excellent support mechanisms and a range of inclusive assessment approaches
  • Opportunities to research an educational topic of personal interest

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Level 3 qualification or above in subject area the student wishes to teach.

Eligible Level 3 qualifications include:

  • CGLI Advanced Craft Certificate
  • OCR Advanced Qualifications
  • NVQ/SVQ Level 3
  • A levels (GCE/VCE/Applied subjects)
  • Edexcel/BTEC
  • Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers
  • Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher)
  • QAA-recognised Access courses
  • European or International Baccalaureates
  • Technical, commercial, or other appropriate professional qualification.

GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade C/4 and above or Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths are also required.

T Levels may be used to meet the entry tariff requirements for this course. Find out more about T levels as UCAS tariff points here.

Qualifications not listed?

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Additional requirements

  • An Enhanced DBS check
    • You will be sent details of how to apply for your DBS. You will need to pay for this. You may already be part of the DBS update service. As part of the DBS process, you will be checked against the Children's Barred List.
  • A check against the Prohibition List
  • An online occupational health check
    • All those on a teacher training programme must be certified as meeting national requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach, as set by the Department for Education.
  • A Certificate of Good Conduct
    • This is a requirement if you have lived, studied, or worked overseas for three months or more in the last five years. Further information and guidance associated with additional costs are available from the Home Office.

For more information on these additional eligibility criteria, please see the Society for Education & Training's QTLS Eligibility Guidance.

Your placement

All students (voluntary or paid) are required to complete a minimum of 150 hours of teaching during the DiT course. It is your responsibility to find your own placement, and ensure it meets the requirements of the qualification.

The placement must be confirmed within 5 weeks of the Course Induction in September with the Course Leader. If students fail to provide such information, they will not be able to continue with the course.

Course content

Course content

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

  • Teaching my Subject (*taught by UoW)
  • Teaching My Students
  • Professional Practice (Part 1)

Year 2

  • Developing My Curriculum
  • Developing My Practice
  • Professional Practice (Part 2)
Teaching and assessment

Teaching and assessment

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.


You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, interactive workshops, and practical activities etc. Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through reflective discussion and small group activities. Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures, and practical activities include simulation of real-life teaching through in-class microteaches.

In addition, one-to-one meetings with personal academic tutors and with subject specialist mentors are scheduled on a regular basis. Our recent Ofsted (2023) report said ‘subject-specific tutors are knowledgeable. They support trainees to develop their understanding of specific strategies to use while teaching their subject. Furthermore, tutors effectively teach and model current research in their teaching.’

Your teaching placement will provide you with ample opportunity to develop and hone your teaching skills and will provide a rich source of experience on which you can reflect during taught sessions.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 4 contact hours of teaching. Typically contact time will be structured around:

  • 3 hours of lectures, interactive workshops, and seminars (group size ~15 to 20)
  • 1 hour of tutorial

Over two years, 250 hours will be spent in placement, of which 150 must be spent teaching.

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 6 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve reading and research, assignment writing, preparation for teaching observations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including The Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes experienced tutors from University of Worcester, and college-based practitioners currently working in the Further Education and Skills sector.

Teaching is informed by research and consultancy, and a substantial proportion of course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments. Formative assessment tasks will generate evidence that can be used for summative portfolios. Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments, which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.

Assessment methods include:

Year 1
  • 2 x Microteach
  • 1 x Annotated lesson plan & resources with written commentary.
  • 2 x Individual Presentations
  • 1 x Theory into practice reflective report
  • 1 x Discussion board
  • 1 x Podcast/vlog/blog
  • 1 x Student Action Plan & Justification
  • 1 x Professional Online Teaching Portfolio
Year 2
  • 1 x Microteach
  • 2 x Professional Discussion
  • 1 x Peer Discussion
  • 2 x Individual Presentations
  • 1 x EdTech demonstration
  • 1 x Professional Report on use of EdTech
  • 1 x Professional Online Teaching Portfolio

Trainee teachers are also required to teach 150 hours in total across Year 1 and Year 2 along with five lesson observations each academic year. The additional 100 hours will consist of activities such as team meetings, planning, interviews, assessment, meetings, observations, provider wide sessions [eg CPD], etc.

Please note: Assessment methods are subject to change, these are provided for guidance only.


Students receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to support learning, and students are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We will provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

Meet the team

Here are a few members of the department who currently teach on this course:

Mike Tyler

Mike Tyler

Mike is Course Coordinator for the Diploma in Education and Training taught at Halesowen College and a Course Tutor on the Further Education PGCE.

Mike qualified as a teacher in 2006 and has worked in both Secondary and Further Education. He was an FE Sport Lecturer in the West Midlands for 12 years (from 2010) where he taught Sport at Levels 1 through to 5, as well as having a host of other CPD roles. He has been a Learning Technology Champion, a Professional Development Manager, and a Quality Development Manager, working with teaching staff to improve their practice.

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Jane Sisk

Jane is a Senior Lecturer in Education with a focus on Post Compulsory Education. Most recently she has worked in a large FE college in the role of Teaching and Learning Coordinator with a focus on the development and delivery of the new Diploma in Education and Training (DET) qualifications, delivering CPD and coaching programmes and coordinating the Colleges VLE development.

Prior to this Jane led an FE/HE consortium project after a successful bid for funding through the JISC Exchange for Learning Programme (2002- 2006). The project resulted in the digital learning content in a range of curriculum areas which are available to the FE/HE community on the Jorum website.

She was the winner of the 2003 TES sponsored BECTa ICT in Practice Post 16 Teaching Award.

Most recently, Jane focused on development of e-portfolios for trainee teachers in the Post-compulsory sector.

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James Tromans

James is an experienced Further and Higher Education Lecturer in a range of Sport and Exercise Science based programmes and Teacher Training. Responsibilities include, daily teaching and lecturing duties, trainee mentorship, lead IQA for Sport and Public Services, college observation and audit team. He has part time visiting moderator responsibilities with OCR providing support and assessment to centre’s nationwide.



The Diploma in Teaching will prepare you to pursue a career as a Further Education and Skills teacher. You'll be able to find employment in a wide range of education settings, including:

  • Further Education
  • Work-based learning
  • Adult education
  • Community learning
  • Offender learning

The DiT is a new course, but it directly replaces the Diploma in Education and Training (DET) which has had very high success rate and excellent employability rates. A significant number of DET trainees move from part-time to full-time employment, and many full-time tutors move into further career opportunities.

For those who haven't got a degree already, the programme enables you to apply to the Education Studies BA (Hons) degree. You'll progress to the final year of the course, delivered at the University of Worcester. There is also possible progression to Master's Level programmes for those who have a degree.


Fees and funding


The current fees can be found within the tuition fees document on our figure out finances page.

Additional Costs

In addition to our Tuition Fees, we encourage you to join subject communities of practice, from which you benefit from support, guidance and resources. These do not usually incur costs.

Travel costs for placements vary depending on the location of placements and your mode of transport. These costs will be at your own expense, although there is some financial assistance available.

Clothing suitable to be worn in the setting where you are working.

You will need access to a laptop with reliable internet access.

Every course has day-to-day costs for essential books, stationery, printing, and photocopying.

Funding opportunities

A tuition fee loan may be available for this course.

How to apply