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Award in Education and Training

Course Description

The Award in Education and Training (Level 3) replaces the previous Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) qualification. It is an introductory qualification appropriate for teachers, tutors and trainers working within an FE college, Adult and Community Learning Centre or Learning Provider, and for those delivering work-based training or working within voluntary, community, private and public organisations. It is also suitable for people who are considering this kind of work in the future. Candidates must be 19+.

This course cannot be funded by an Advanced Learner Loan. Full course cost is £350.


Awarding body: ASCENTIS

Award: Award in Education and Training (QCF)

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements are a Level 2 qualification in English or an equivalent level of literacy. Prospective candidates will be invited to attend college for an assessment prior to being offered a place on the course.


The Award offers an introduction to teaching and covers topics such as the roles and responsibilities of a teacher / trainer, planning and delivering inclusive sessions, and assessing learning. There are 3 written assignments, and candidates plan and deliver a 20 minute micro-teach to their peers.

The course consists of 36 guided learning hours, (usually 3 hours per week over 12 weeks.) There is also some independent study required. The course takes place on Tuesday evenings from 6-9pm at the Middleton Campus. Award courses start in September, January and April.

Work Experience

There are no formal work experience requirements for this course but there may be opportunities for you to develop practical skills that will help your development


There are two main routes of progression following completion of this course:

  • Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS) – Associate Teacher status
  • Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS) – Fully qualified teacher status