What are the qualifications about Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS)?
Who are they for Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS)?
Why choose City & Guilds 7305, Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS)?
Aim of Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS)?
About the level of Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS)
Entry Requirements Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS)

Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS)

What are the qualifications about Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS)?

Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS) is a teacher training course which helps to develop all the skills you need to work as a full teacher in the lifelong learning sector - designing your own curricula and teaching a range of all teaching levels, subjects and learner types. This Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector qualifies you for Qualified Teacher, Learning & Skills (QTLS) status.

Who are they for Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS)?

The Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS) is for anyone working as or planning to become a full teacher in further, adult or continuing education. You should have Level 3 skills in the subject you intend to teach, though a qualification is optional. You'll need access to 150 hours of teaching practice in a recognised lifelong learning location to do this qualification.

Why choose City & Guilds 7305, Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS)?

A City & Guilds Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS) qualification is proof that you have the right skills to do your job well - which is why so many employers look for people who have one. You can be confident your qualification is well respected within your industry. City & Guilds qualifications are engaging and rewarding, and can lead to a whole range of fulfilling careers.

Aim of Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS)?

Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS) is a level 5 course for Pre-service or In-service Teachers, and is aimed at candidates who:
  1. are deemed to be in a Full Teacher role or
  2. would like or require a full Level 5 qualification allowing them to teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector or
  3. are seeking career progression within their area of work and
  4. have access to a minimum 150 teaching practice hours (whether pre -service or in -service)
  5. teach on both a one-to-one and group basis for a variety of learners, across a range of levels.
Pre-service is defined as those who are not formally contracted as teachers. In-service is defined as those who are formally contracted as teachers. Candidates in both categories must have access to 150 hours of teaching in a recognised lifelong learning context.

For further clarification on the Associate Teacher and Full Teacher roles, please refer to Institute for Learning (IfL) guidance documentation available to download from www.ifl.ac.uk. Current definitions of the roles are also available from www.cityandguilds.com/qtls, and in LLUK publications available from www.lluk.org.uk.

The qualification is suitable for those who work or want to work as teachers in the Lifelong Learning Sector, ie further, adult and community education, work-based learning and the voluntary sector, provided they are qualified / experienced in the subject they intend to teach, at the appropriate level.

Whilst the decision as to what constitutes appropriate entry qualifications/experience is at the discretion of the centre, it is anticipated that a skill specific qualification or the ability to demonstrate level 3 skills in a skill specific area is recommended.

About the level of Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS)

The Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (7305) - DTLLS comprises units at both level 3/4 (Part one) and level 5 (Part two). Upon successful completion of the relevant mandatory and optional units (at both level 3/4 and level 5 where indicated) candidates will be awarded a level 5 Diploma in Teaching. Centres must assess candidates at the correct level, taking into account the following level guidance:

At Level 4 in teaching course, candidates need to demonstrate in their assessments a depth of knowledge and understanding appropriate to that level. This should be reflected in:
  1. an understanding of the relationship between theory/principles and practice
  2. evidence of research and reading in teacher training field
  3. evidence of consideration of practice that is in accordance with professional values
  4. an academic style of writing, in which a recognised system of referencing is used, the Harvard system is recommended. Writing should be concise, and candidates should provide evidence of careful planning.
At Level 5 in Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector, candidates need to demonstrate in their assessments a depth of knowledge and understanding appropriate to that level. This should be reflected in:
  1. a critical reflection of the relationship between theory/principles and practice
  2. a considered and targeted approach to reading and research in teacher training field
  3. clear evidence of substantial reading including professional publications in teacher training field
  4. evidence of practice that is in accordance with professional values in teacher training field
  5. an academic style of writing, in which a recognised system of referencing is followed, the Harvard system is recommended. Writing should be concise, and candidates should provide evidence of careful planning.
Candidate assessments should be word processed. Where this is not possible, guidance should be sought from City & Guilds’ policy document Access to Assessment available to download from www.cityandguilds.com.

Entry Requirements Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS)

Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS) Candidates should be qualified to level 3 or be able to demonstrate level 3 skills in the subject they intend to teach, have access to 150 teaching practice hours and possess reasonable levels of language, literacy, numeracy and ICT. For further guidance, refer to section 5 Initial assessment in this document.

In addition, the nature of both the learning and assessment required for the teaching qualification is such that candidates should have the ability to manage the requirements of the level of the teaching qualification they are taking. They should be able to read and interpret written tasks, and to write answers in a legible and understandable form. Evidence of this should be recorded as part of their initial assessment. Candidates will also need to be able to organise written information clearly and coherently.


Candidates will be expected to have maintained and completed their continuing professional development (CPD) in accordance with regulations.

Accreditation of prior learning and experience

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) and Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning (APEL) recognise the contribution a person’s previous experience could make to a qualification.

APL/APEL from the Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (7303) and Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (7304)

Achievement of the six credit Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) unit and the nine credit Planning and enabling learning unit is a mandatory requirement of the Level 5 Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (7305).

Candidates may work towards achieving the PTLLS unit and Planning and enabling learning unit through the Level 5 Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS) (7305). They can gain recognition of prior achievement against those units if they have previously successfully achieved the PTLLS Award (7303), or the PTLLS unit and Planning and enabling learning unit with the 7304 Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS) qualification.