Diploma in Education and Training | Level 5

Adult Education
Course Summary:

This is a programme leading to a recognised qualification for the sector. The Programme is aimed at those teaching, or who wish to teach, in GCSE, further and adult education; in colleges, sixth form centres, adult education departments, vocational centres, training agencies and prison education.

The Programme is affiliated with Birmingham City University (BCU). Students will be enrolled as both a Joseph Chamberlain College student and a BCU student. At the end of the Programme students will receive a qualification which is accredited by the University.

The Programme team works closely with tutors from BCU and all are committed to ensure that trainees have access to high quality teaching and learning opportunities. Much emphasis is placed on the application of evidence-based research and theory to professional practice in the learning environment, so it therefore necessary that all trainees are either currently teaching or are able to commit to undertaking a teaching work placement in a relevant institution.

DET Course Handbook 2020-21


£2250 per year

Course Content:
Year 1 

Effective Teaching, Learning and Assessment In The Classroom

Inclusive Learning Practice

Year 2

Investigating Practice

Professional Development Practice

Work Placements:

All trainees must complete teaching practice in a suitable work-based placement. Students should source their own teaching hours to fulfill the requirements of the Programme; assistance will be provided if required. For example, we can supply contact details of, and possibly liaise with, education providers but we cannot guarantee to secure students a placement. 150 hours of teaching will be required to complete the Programme, teaching hours may be voluntary or paid.

Entry Requirements:
  • Full Level 3 Vocational or Academic Qualification (minimum 180 credits) or have completed an Access to Higher Education Programme with at least 45 credits at level 3 or appropriate, sufficient and relevant professional experience in the subject area you will teach
  • Minimum Grade 4/Grade C in both GCSE English and Maths or equivalent
  • Evidence of a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check

All students who are non-native English speakers, or who have not studied the final two years of school in English, must demonstrate capability in English at a standard commensurate to IELTS 6.0.


Applicants must successfully complete an interview and assessment consisting of the following:

  • English task: to assess competency in areas such as spelling, punctuation and grammar
  • Presentation: to assess the ability to communicate effectively alongside applicants understanding of the requirements for effective teaching
  • Formal interview: to assess the subject knowledge, intellectual ability, ability to communicate effectively and understanding of the role of a teacher
Course Duration:

This is a part time course which is delivered in classes on one evening per week, over two years. First Year teaching will take place from 5-7pm on Monday, and second years 5-7pm on Tuesday. On a rotating basis, trainees may need to stay from 7-8pm for a tutorial.

Resources Available in the College Library:

Please email info.adultlearning@jcc.ac.uk for an application form and for further information and guidance.

Having already had a year of classroom experience in a support role, this opportunity allowed me to develop my existing skills and discover innovative ways to embed new learning approaches with my practice.

Michael DET Student