Apprenticeship description

The Role of a Learning and Skills Teacher

The Learning and Skills Teacher (LST) is ‘dual-professional’, having first achieved competence in a vocational or subject specialism and then subsequently trained as a teacher.  This means that many teachers in the Education and Training Sector (ETS) begin teaching as a second, or even later, career. The LST role is pivotal to the success of traineeship and apprenticeship programmes, in delivering effective vocational education and training that meets both learners’ and employers’ needs. 

LSTs teach young people and adults within all parts of the ETS, including work based/independent training provision; further, adult and higher education; offender-learning; and the voluntary sector.  LSTs are responsible for planning and delivering learning that is current, relevant, challenging, and that inspires learners to engage and achieve their full potential.  LSTs collaborate closely with colleagues and other ETS professionals in supporting learner progress. LSTs ensure the physical, psychological and social wellbeing of learners.

A Learning and Skills Teacher will:

  • Operate at all times to ethical and legal standards and within professional boundaries
  • Value diversity and actively promote equality of opportunity and inclusion
  • Be resilient and adaptable when dealing with challenge and change, maintaining focus and self-control
  • Promote a passion for learning and high expectations of all learners
  • Model exemplary communication skills with learners and in all professional relationships
  • Be a role model for the effective use of current, digital and mobile technologies in support of teaching and learning
  • Underpin their practice by reference to professional standards and evidence-based teaching and learning.

Our Level 5 Learning & Skills Teacher Apprenticeship is made up of the following components:


Level 5 Diploma in Education & Training

The purpose of this FAQ Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training is to provide the learner with the skills, knowledge and understanding required to develop their practical teaching skills in order to work in a wide range of placements.

The Total Qualification Time (TQT) for this qualification is: 1200

Guided Learning (GL) for this qualification is: 360 hours

Minimum credits required to achieve the qualification: 120

Suitable for age ranges: 19+

Funding Qualifications:

Eligible and funded for post-16-year-olds can be found on the funding Hub. 

The Apprenticeship funding rules can be found at

Method of assessment                                                 

Portfolio of Evidence. This qualification is internally assessed and internally quality assured by Centre staff and externally quality assured by FutureQuals External Quality Advisors (EQAs).

Qualification Structure

To achieve the FAQ Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training learners must achieve a minimum of 120 credits. They must complete 4 components from the mandatory components in Group M (75 credits) and achieve 45 credits from Group O1.

Group M - Mandatory

Component Number




Component Name


Credit Value







Teaching, learning and assessment in education and training







Developing teaching, learning and assessment in education and training







Theories, principles and models in education and training 







Wider professional practice and development in education and training



End Point Assessment – Information:

Once the learners progress has been assessed and they have met all the requirements for their apprenticeship, they will then be referred for their End Point Assessment (EPA). Knowledge, skills and behaviours will be tested by an independent End Point Assessor, who will be appointed by the employer.

The outcome of the EPA test will be graded either Pass/Merit/Distinction/Fail.


Level 2 Award in Safeguarding & Protecting Children and Young People

Functional Skills English Level 2

Functional Skills Maths Level 2

Level 2 Award Health & Safety in the workplace

First Aid at Work

Mental Health First Aid at Work


27 months including 3 months EPA period.

Entry requirements

Individual employers may set any entry requirements, but these may typically include:

  • Competence in vocational and/or specialist subject at an appropriate level
  • Confirmation of current vocational/specialist subject knowledge
  • Up to date knowledge of workplace practice
  • A willingness to continue to develop personal ICT skills to a level in-line with the LST role
  • Reference to the Education and Training Foundation’s (2016) Minimum Core Guidance, and any subsequent updates.
  • Apprentices without level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end point assessment.

Typical job routes

With the employer’s approval, the LST could progress onto curriculum/training leadership roles following an adequate period of experience teaching at this level, within the sector.

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