The qualifications cover the knowledge and skills required by specialist teachers/trainers in the further education and skills sector, such as:
The theories and frameworks of the specialism
Teaching and learning strategies within the specialism.
There is a requirement for a minimum of 50 hours teaching/training practice for the single specialist qualifications and 70 hours teaching/training practice for the combined Literacy and ESOL qualification.
The Level 5 stand alone specialist diplomas in education and training are qualifications which extend into investigation and research into current practice and the theories and models relating to education and training, in the context of the specialism selected. Throughout the programme, candidates will demonstrate their ability to transfer the findings of their research into their own practice.