Education and Training update - May 2023 | Pearson qualifications

Education and Training update - May 2023

Tue May 16 10:45:00 UTC 2023

An update on everything new within the Education and Training sector.

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A reminder of the withdrawal of the following qualification in 2021.

Qualification number Title Review date
501/1208/9 Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools 31-December-2024
601/0685/2 Pearson BTEC Level 3 Award in Education and Training  31-Aug-2025
601/1238/4 Pearson BTEC Level 4 Certificate In Education and Training  31-Aug-2025
501/0776/8  Pearson Edexcel Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice  31-Aug-2025


Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment



Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement 


Qualification number Title Last date for Registration  Last date for Certification
Pearson BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training 31-Aug-2024 31-Aug-2027
501/1037/8 Pearson Edexcel Level 4 Award in the External Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice 31-Dec-2023 31-Dec-2024

New Level 5 full FE teaching qualification 

A new framework for a level 5 qualification to replace the Diploma in Education & Training (DET) has been produced by the ITE Forum. Qualifications produced under the framework will be titled ‘Diploma in Teaching (FE & Skills)’ and will be specified and offered by Awarding Organisations at level 5, and by Higher Education Institutions at levels 5, 6 and 7. 

Read more here: New Level 5 full FE teaching qualification
Professional Standards 

A reminder to centres that the Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers in FE and Training were updated in 2022. They consist of 20 standards organised into three domains of practice: 

Professional Values and Attributes 

Seven standards to help you develop your own judgment of what works and does not work in your teaching and training. 

Professional Knowledge and Understanding 
Five standards which highlight the importance of subject knowledge, teaching expertise, knowledge-sharing, supporting learners with educational difficulties, and professional responsibilities. 

Professional Skills 

Eight standards which support you to master planning, motivation, coaching and assessment strategies to enable your learners to make excellent progress.  
Guide to updates 2022 is here: Professional Standards for teachers in the FE and training sector

Minimum Core 

The Minimum Core stipulates minimum coverage requirements of FE teacher training programmes in particular areas. The initial iteration issued in 2007 covered the areas of literacy numeracy and ICT. This was updated in 2016 to reflect the new terminology of English, maths, and digital skills. This has now been further updated and newly elaborated to include Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), and also Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in order to reflect how both the curriculum and the context have moved forward. 

This new version of the Minimum Core applies to all programmes starting from 1 September 2022 and is available to download here: The Minimum Core for teacher training qualifications for the Further Education and Skills sector. It is expected that all new programmes give due coverage to these areas and so providers are advised to familiarise themselves completely with the content 

Early years education recovery programme: supporting the sector 


The government is providing a package of up to £180 million for workforce training, qualifications and support and guidance for the early years sector to help address the impact of the pandemic on the youngest and most disadvantaged children. 

The programmes are designed for early years: 

  • practitioners 
  • leaders 
  • settings, including private, voluntary and independent organisations; childminders; school-based nurseries; and maintained nursery schools 

Please read more on how you can access this free training here: 


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