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Learning and Skills Teacher Higher Apprenticeship Level 5

This is a 24 month apprenticeship for new teachers who work in the Education and Training Sector (ETS). Learning and Skills Teachers teach young people (16-18s) and adults (19+) within all parts of the ETS, including work-based/independent training provision; further, adult and higher education; offender learning and the voluntary sector. The qualification will allow someone to apply for QTLS (Qualified Teacher in Learning and Skills) which is the main requirement to teach in ETS. QTLS is given for those wanting to teach learners aged over 16 yrs of age and is awarded by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF). This is different to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which is for those wishing to teach in schools.

Entry requirements

You must be in a teaching job role that will allow you to gather the evidence necessary for the qualifications and components which form a part of the standards. The requirements are:

  • 50 hours of ETS teaching per academic year (100 hrs total)
  • Minimum of Level 3 subject specific qualification
  • Level 2 English and Mathematics qualification (or equivalent) or a willingness to undertake it
  • A Mentor who will support you and complete formative observations of your practice

Course content

The Learning and Skills Teacher will be able to:
  • Plan learning
  • Design and deliver learning sessions and activities
  • Facilitate individualised learning
  • Quality assure outcomes

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through building your own portfolio of evidence which will include observations, reflective accounts, professional discussion, Q&A, Recognition of Prior Learning (recognising with your employer what skills you have learnt in the workplace), a research project and other methods, all of which will be completed online using the College’s Virtual Learning Environment.


You will gain the following qualifications:

  • Level 5 Diploma in Education (DET) (or equivalent)
  • Safeguarding Level 2
  • Level 2 English and Mathematics (or equivalent)
Further study and career options

You may want to progress on to further qualifications specific to your work; there are a wide range of qualifications relevant to the ETS sector. Or you could seek recognition of your prior learning to achieve entry, credit transfer or advanced standing for a higher education qualification at university.

Future careers: Progression within the sector to curriculum leadership or training roles, for example Course Manager, Advanced Practitioner, Head of Department or Director.

Additional information

You need to be aged over 19 and your attendance in College will be subject to a functional skills assessment.

Course Information & How to Apply

To start this Apprenticeship you will need to be employed in a relevant job role – visit the Apprenticeships section of our website, where you can view our Apprenticeship vacancies. For further information or queries you can email us or call 01234 291747.

LengthStart DateDay(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
Up to 24 months Flexible Dependent on existing skills Apprentices do not have to pay a fee to study, however the employer may be required to pay depending on their Levy entitlement/age of the candidate. For further information call 01234 291747. Cauldwell Street BA103


Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

Next steps

To be eligible for an apprenticeship you must either be employed on a full-time contract by an employer willing to support your training or have an offer of employment as an apprentice. Bedford College can help you find a job role with an employer if you don’t already have one.

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Bedford College actively seeks to promote equality of access to education and training and to provide support where appropriate. Employers are made aware that apprentices have the same rights to protection against discrimination, harassment and victimisation under the Equality Act 2010 as employees. 

Apprentices who have disclosed a disability covered by Equality legislation have the right to request reasonable adjustments in the workplace. We will work with employers to ensure that appropriate adjustments are agreed and established to facilitate this.

At the College we provide additional support for students and apprentices who have a specific learning difficulty or disability.

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