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Level 3 Award in Education and Training

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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. (Please note, this course is for people looking to work with young people aged 16+ and adults. If you're looking to work with young children please see our range of Early Years courses).

Candidates must be 19+ and this course is FREE*. (subject to GMCA eligibility rules, normal fees £450).

This course runs for 15 weeks, 4 hours per week on a Tuesday or Thursday evening 5pm-9pm. This course will be delivered at the Middleton campus on Tuesdays and at the Rochdale campus on Thursdays.

Start dates:

Term 2: 15/02/23

new courses starting september 2023.

NB: Funded places now available, eligibility criteria applies.


Angie Simms has over 30 years of teaching experience. She holds PGCEs in Primary and Further Education, and a Masters degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL). She has taught in a variety of schools and colleges including Bradford & Ilkley Community College, and Northampton College before joining Hopwood Hall in 2005.

At Hopwood she has developed a highly successful Teacher Education programme, which now includes the Level 3 Award, Level 4 Certificate and Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training qualifications.

As an Advanced Practitioner in the Quality department, Angie delivers cross-college training to enhance and develop the skills of the Hopwood Hall teaching team, and leads a mentoring initiative to support new and trainee teachers. Angie is passionate about delivering an outstanding experience for all trainees on our Education and Training programme.



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 45 guided learning hours, (4 hours per week over 15 weeks.) Some independent study will also be required. The course takes place on Tuesday evenings 5pm-9pm at the Middleton Campus and Thursday evenings 5pm-9pm at Rochdale Campus. Award courses start in September and January.

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:

  • The Certificate in Education and Training (Level 4)
  • Diploma in Education and Training (Level 5)
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