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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.

Candidates must be 19+ and this course is FREE*. (subject to GMCA eligibility rules)

This course runs for 15 weeks, 4 hours per week on a Tuesday evening 5pm-9pm. There are two start dates as we run the course every term. The start dates are 05/10/2021 and commencing 01/03/2022.


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. Award courses start in October and March.

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
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