The Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS)  or the Diploma in Education and Training (DET) was an initial teacher training qualification, studied at QCF Level 5 or 7, for teaching in Further Education(FE) and the lifelong learning sector of education in the United Kingdom. The DTLLS-DET was the highest of the teaching qualifications specifically for this sector of education.

The DTLLS-DET qualifies you for Qualified Teacher, Learning & Skills (QTLS) status. You can qualify for Qualified Teacher, Learning and Skills (QTLS) status.

The DTLLS-DET 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 earn a diploma, and 75 hours for the subsidiary diploma.

The DTLLS-DET at QCF Level 7 was equivalent to a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education in Lifelong Learning or Post-Compulsory Education and Training (PCET). The DTLLS-DET was phased out along with the CTLLS and the PTLLS.

Who is this course for?

Teachers or trainers working or seeking work in the lifelong learning sector who wish to obtain QTLS (Qualified Teacher, Learning and Skills) status.

Entry requirements

Experience and a qualification in the subject you intend to teach at a minimum of Level 3
Literacy and Numeracy at Level 2.
Access to teaching in a full teacher role in the lifelong learning sector for at least 150 hours.
Interview and assessment.

What will I study?

Planning and enabling learning
Theories and principles for planning and enabling learning
Managing and responding to behaviours in the learning environment (optional unit)
Continuing personal and professional development

How will I be assessed?

Teaching observation

What can I do after the course?

After successfully completing the course you will be able to work towards QTLS status.


Start date: Any Monday
Course time: Times may change subject to demand

Classes: Friday 3 pm to 5 pm / 6 pm to 8 pm.
Class size: Max 10 (average class size 5)
Minimum age: 19


1- DTLLS-DET level 5: 1 year


1- DTLLS-DET level 5: £1000

English teaching diploma