Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS) (7305)

About these qualifications

The Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector qualifies you for Qualified Teacher, Learning & Skills (QTLS) status. You can qualify for Qualified Teacher, Learning and Skills (QTLS) status, but if you already have QTLS status you can do a shorter subsidiary diploma to become a qualified specialist teacher.

Who are they for

The Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS) is for anyone working as or planning to become a full teacher in further, adult or continuing education. You should have Level 3 skills in the subject you intend to teach, though a qualification is optional. You'll need access to 150 hours of teaching practice in a recognised lifelong learning location to earn a diploma, and 75 hours for the subsidiary diploma.

General Information

Available in following countries

  • England
  • Wales
  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland

Information & documentation

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What's involved in delivering this course?
To deliver these courses, you'll need to provide your learners with a suitable learning environment and the resources they need to complete the practical and theoretical aspects of the qualification. This includes ensuring that candidates are able to access appropriate facilities to allow them to complete research assignments.

You will also need qualified internal assessors. You will assess learners through a combination of a portfolio of evidence, practical skills demonstrations, and written examinations.  All learners should be qualified to Level 3 or be able to demonstrate Level 3 skills in the subject they intend to teach, plus have reasonable levels of literacy, language, numeracy and ICT skills.
To find all the resource requirements, download the qualification handbooks from the centre documents section.
Learners must also have access to 150 hours of teaching practice in a recognised lifelong learning location. You must make sure they can access all the resources they need to complete the qualification.

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What's involved in studying this course?

While completing these qualifications, you'll cover things like:

  • Teaching theory and practice
  • Principles of learning, teaching, assessment and evaluation
  • Confidence, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Professional role and responsibilities.

To get a diploma, you learn with your training provider - maybe through practical sessions, group discussions or assignments. You will demonstrate what you've learned through both practical skills assessments and assignments that cover the theory of teaching.

Assessments include practical skills demonstrations and written examinations. You will also keep a teaching practice portfolio and a reflective learning journal. You will also complete 150 practice teaching hours.

Is this Level right for me?

Level 5
Is ideal if you work or want to work as a full teacher within the lifelong learning sector. You may want to become officially qualified by achieving Qualified Teacher, Learning and Skills (QTLS) status.

What careers can this lead to?

The Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector qualifications could help you progress into roles including:

  • Full teacher in further, adult and community education, for example, as a further education lecturer
  • Full teacher in work-based learning
  • Full teacher in the voluntary sector.

These diplomas qualify you for Qualified Teacher, Learning and Skills (QTLS) status. To gain full QTLS status, the next step after taking this qualification is to go through the process of professional formation with the Institute for Learning (IfL).

Once you've achieved QTLS status, you can meet your continuing professional development (CPD) requirement through an Award in Developing Embedded Approaches to Literacy, Language and Numeracy.

If you decide you would like to specialise in teaching Mathematics, ESOL or English after taking this qualification, you could progress on to an additional diploma:

  • Additional Diploma in Teaching Mathematics (Numeracy) in the Lifelong Learning Sector
  • Additional Diploma in Teaching English (Literacy) in the Lifelong Learning Sector
  • Additional Diploma in Teaching English (ESOL) in the Lifelong Learning Sector.