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These standalone qualifications are designed for teachers who may already have a recognised generic teaching qualification and who now want a qualification in one of the specialist areas.

To be awarded these standalone specialist Level 5 diplomas, a total of 45 credits must be achieved.

There is a requirement for a minimum of 50 hours of practice, all of which must be in the chosen specialist area

These qualifications are suitable for individuals who:

• hold a teaching qualification and now want to broaden their skills and teach in a specialist area;

• already hold a specialist teaching qualification in one of the specialist areas and who now want to extend their skills and teach in a different specialist area;

• are not currently teaching and wish to train as a specialist teacher but are unable to join an integrated specialist diploma course;

• are able to undertake a medium-sized qualification and can meet the minimum teaching practice requirement of 50 hours;

• have the potential to study at this level, which has the same level of demand as that of a degree course;

• can evidence Level 3 skills in English or mathematics if they are taking a standalone specialist qualification in teaching English (literacy and/or ESOL) or mathematics (numeracy).