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What makes the DET at Halesowen special?

The course is a 2-year part-time course with classes running one session a week, daytime or evening. Our education and training diploma is a nationally recognised qualification for teaching in the lifelong learning sector. The course will enable you to become an adult education teacher, as well as progress to further study.

The diploma is taught at Halesowen College and has an excellent track record for trainee employment. It is a creative, vibrant and inclusive partnership that provides a stimulating and professional environment for your learning.

Please note: You will need to have access to 100 hours of teaching practice. This can be full-time, part-time, paid or voluntary.



Key features

  • Programme design which helps trainees to reach their full potential through well planned modules, opportunities to learn through reflective practice and excellent support
  • Highly skilled and experienced tutors

  • Embedded professional standards for the sector and progression to qualified teacher status, QTLS, through the Society for Education and Training

  • Courses which values trainees' contributions to course development as sector professionals

  • The course is delivered part-time at Halesowen College.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Level 3 qualification or above in subject specialism.

HND/HNC; CGLI Advanced Craft Certificate; OCR Advanced Qualifications; NVQ/SVQ

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

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.

Other information

Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) clearance

All students (voluntary or paid) are required to complete a minimum of 100 hours of teaching during the DET course. This is split into a minimum of 30 hours in the first year and a minimum of 70 hours in the second year. 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 on the course.

Students will be supported by a Subject Specialist mentor who will provide guidance and support in the curriculum area and observe the student four times during the two years of the course (twice at Level 4 in the first year, and twice at Level 5 in the second year).

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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. 

Mandatory Modules

Level 4

  • LLQT1415                Teaching, Learning and Assessment  
  • LLQT1416                Promoting Positive Welfare, Wellbeing and Behaviour 
  • LLQT1903                Teaching Practice  

Level 5

  • LLQT2517                 Curriculum Planning, Delivery and Assessment  
  • LLQT2518                 Reflecting on specialist professional practice.
  • LLQT2903                 Teaching Practice
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 lecturer input; collaborative, interactive group work and individual coaching.

The course will allow you to apply theory from taught sessions to your practice in the classroom.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in each academic year.

Contact time

In a typical week, students will have around 3-4 contact hours of teaching, and an hour of tutorials. Typically, class contact time will be structured around:

  • Short lectures
  • Group activities
  • Tutorial support

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.

A range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources, supports independent learning.

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 Jane Sisk and James Tromans. 

Teaching is based on research and consultancy, and 85 per cent 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:

1 x professional online teaching portfolio

1 x group presentation and poster

1 x patchwork assignment

3 x reflective commentaries

2 x case studies

1 x support and behaviour plan

1 x written commentary

Trainee teachers are also required to teach 30 hours in Year 1 and 70 hours in Year 2 along with four lesson observations each academic year.

Students receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the Course Leader. Feedback is intended to support learning, and students are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.


You will receive feedback on practice assessments, teaching practice and on formal coursework assessments. Feedback will support your learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to 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:     

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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.

James Tromans

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.




Our Education and Teaching Diploma will prepare you to pursue a career as an adult education 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

The course has very high success rates (97%) and employability rates are excellent. A significant number of 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. Additional credits at 4 and 5 are required to access the final year of the degree and opportunities are provided to gain these. There is also possible progression to Master's Level programmes for those who have a degree.



Andrew Griffin

Andrew Griffin

Business, Finance & Marketing Professional

With 20 years Business experience within Blue-Chip Global PLC's Andy has certainly ‘cut his teeth’ in the world of Marketing allowing access to real and meaningful authentic insights as a background canvas to illustrate employability and industry links.

"The DET, has enabled me to consistently apply theoretical learning to approaches in the classroom and refine my teaching practice. I can highly recommend the programme."

"The joy of taking students on a journey, teaching the subject you love and conveying not only knowledge, but passion is truly immense, especially seeing students inherit the pleasure of learning and skills for business, for me it is a rewarding career, and I would go so far as to say it is ‘a calling’."


Simon's Story

Simon gained employment as a maths tutor at a local college. He was encouraged to complete his Level 5 teaching qualification at a partner college. He went on to complete a Diploma in Teaching Maths (numeracy). He was keen to continue his studies and enrolled on the final year of an Educational Studies BA Hons at the University of Worcester. Most recently Simon completed a Master of Science in Teaching and Learning at Linacre College, University of Oxford. Simon continues to work at the Aspire Centre and is full of praise for the courses that gave him the skills and confidence to teach and study.

Simon says: “Throughout all my studies at the University of Worcester, I learnt a huge amount about education. Subsequently, I hope I have been able to contribute to raising the profile of the Aspire Campus and improve teaching and learning for pre and post 16 engineering learners."

Sharlene's Story

Sharlene worked as a student support worker in HMP Birmingham before enrolling on the DET. She is still working in a part time in a job role as an initial advice and guidance tutor that she secured whilst doing the DET. Sharlene has recently started a MA in Social Work.

Sharlene says, “I feel that the course was challenging at times as I was still working full time, studying and a mother. However, I feel that the knowledge and skills I gained and the support from my teacher and peers allowed me to develop my expertise in teaching. The DET course meant that I was working in line with the Ofsted framework and the Education and Training Foundation’s Professional Standards whilst enthusing my learners and developing my own skills and confidence.”


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for UK students registering in the academic year 2023/24 are:

£2,990 per year (part-time over two years)

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Funding opportunities

A tuition fee loan may be available for this course.


Additional Costs

In addition to our Tuition Fees, we encourage you to join subject specific associations. The cost is typically between £25 to £50 for which you benefit from their support, guidance and resources.

Travel costs for placements vary depending on the location of placements and your mode of transport. These costs will be at your own expense.

How to apply