Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Qualifications

To be able to register for professional formation leading to QTLS, you must hold a Teacher Education qualification that is equivalent to Diploma in Education and Training (DET).

QTLS participants will need a qualification with a credit value of 120 that includes a practical teaching component requiring the logging of 100 hours of teaching and eight observations of your teaching. 

The following are accepted by SET as qualifications equivalent to a DET, but please note that this list is not exhaustive. If you have any queries about whether your qualification would be acceptable for you to register for QTLS, please contact membership.enquiries@etfoundation.co.uk with a scanned copy/photograph of your certificate and accompanying transcript. If your qualification was gained outside the UK, you will also need to forward a NARIC statement of comparability.

  • Art Teachers Certificate (ATC)
  • Art Teachers Diploma (ATD)
  • Birmingham City University Diploma in Professional Studies
  • BBO L6 Diploma in Dance Teaching
  • Cambridge ESOL Level 4/5 Certificate in FE Teaching (Stage 3)
  • Canterbury Christ Church Advanced Certificate in Education (Stages 1 & 2)
  • Certificate in Education
  • Certificate in Education (in the Lifelong Learning Sector)
  • City & Guilds 7407 Stage 1–3
  • Diploma in Education and Training
  • Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS) -- Level 5
  • Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (English ESOL) -- Level 5
  • Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (English Literacy) -- Level 5
  • Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (Mathematics Numeracy) - Level 5
  • Edge Hill University Certificate of Higher Education in Post Compulsory Education and Training
  • FETC Level 4 - Stage 1-3
  • General Professional Recognition Learning & Skills
  • General Teacher Training Practice (GTTP)
  • ISTD Diploma in Dance Pedagogy - Imperial Society for Teachers of Dance (ISTD)
  • Newcastle College Foundation Degree in Education and Training
  • Newcastle College Foundation Degree in Education and Training for English, literacy and language specialists
  • Newcastle College Foundation Degree in Education and Training for Maths and Numeracy Specialists
  • Newcastle College Foundation Degree in Education and Training for specialists in learning difficulties and disabilities
  • Northampton University Certificate in Teaching the Lifelong Learning Sector
  • Overseas Qualification (equivalent to Level 4+)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE -- in the Lifelong Learning Sector)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Post Compulsory Education and Training
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Education
  • Postgraduate Certificate in ESOL Teaching
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Post Compulsory Education and Training
  • Professional Certificate in Education (PCE)
  • Professional Diploma in Education (PDE)
  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education
  • Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE)
  • Professional Graduate Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PGDTLLS)
  • Professional Recognition Learning & Skills (ESOL)
  • Professional Recognition Learning & Skills (Literacy)
  • Professional Recognition Learning & Skills (Numeracy)
  • Rockschool Teaching Diploma (Level 6)
  • Recognition of Teaching Experience (equivalent to an ITT qualification)
  • Teeside University Certificate in Teaching the Lifelong Learning Sector
  • Trinity L6 Diploma in Dance Learning and Teaching
  • University of Chester Certificate in Teaching the Lifelong Learning Sector
  • University of Chichester Foundation Degree in the Lifelong Learning Sector
  • University of Lancashire Certificate in Foundation Studies in Education

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