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Certificate in Education and Training

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Course Description

The Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training replaces the Level 3 and 4 Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS). It extends and builds on the previous Level 3 Award in Education and Training qualification (PTLLS). However, you do not need to have achieved the Level 3 Award prior to joining the Level 4 Certificate.

The course gives the candidate the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills needed to ‘confirm occupational competence’ and familiarises them with the rewards, challenges, and responsibilities of teaching/training in their subject area. It aims to provide experience and understanding of the practicalities of teaching/training in a particular educational setting or specific context, for example colleges, community centres, workplace/industry, hospitals (or any post-16 setting in what is now termed the ‘Lifelong Learning Sector’).

The next Level 4 course will take place from October 2017 – July 2018. Prospective candidates will be invited to attend an interview. Places on the course will be offered subject to prior qualifications, experience and a suitable Teaching Practice placement.



AWARD: Certificate in Education and Training (QCF)

Entry Requirements

Candidates should hold a relevant vocational and/or academic qualification of at least the level above that of their learners, and ideally a minimum Level 3 qualification in their own area of specialism. They also should have (or be working towards) a GCSE in Maths and English as this is now a Government requirement for all teacher training qualifications.


The course consists of 140 hours of tutor-directed contact and 250 hours of independent study (including 30 hours of teaching practice.) Trainees will compile an e-portfolio. Course units include:

  • Planning, Delivering and Assessing learning
  • Creating and adapting inclusive resources
  • Understanding and managing behaviour
  • Preparing for the mentoring role


Accelerated progression onto relevant degree course. Certain universities may give you exemption from units within related degree courses. The following qualifications are also a possible route:

  • 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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