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Entry requirements

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Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training 

​A level 5 diploma in education and training is approved as initial teacher training to lead to QTLS. No degree is required, but applicants should be able to demonstrate:

  • Good competency in English and maths. 

  • Level 3 qualification in the subject or subjects you want to teach. 

  • Reading and communication skills that are adequate to meet the training requirements.

  • No criminal background which prevents working with young people or vulnerable adults.

  • A relevant qualification at a level above that of their learners, at least level 3 in their area of specialism.

  • They are teaching or training a group with at least five learners or trainees aged 14+ for a minimum of 100 hours over the duration of the diploma.

  • For more information about qualification levels, go to the UK Government website.

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Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills

QTLS is awarded by SET (Society for Education and Training) and the eligibility requirements are different. For up-to-date guidance see the SET website. 


As a guide, eligibility requirements as of January 2023 are:

  • To hold an eligible teaching qualification at level 5 or above. 

  • To hold eligible level 2 maths and level 2 English qualifications. 

  • To hold a level 3 qualification in all subjects that you teach during Professional Formation. 

  • To hold a level 3 SEND qualification if you work in a SEND setting.

  • Be teaching or training in a further education and training setting for a minimum of 4 hours a week, throughout the Professional Formation programme. 

  • Be regularly teaching groups of five or more post-14 learners throughout the Professional Formation programme. 

  • Have identified a suitable supporter.

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A full application to our teacher training programme involves four stages…

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