Level 3 Award in Education and Training (RQF)

What is the Level 3 Award in Education and Training (AET) about?

New PTLLS Course

This Level 3 Award in Education and Training course is a teaching qualifications made up of three units. Unit 1 focuses on roles and responsibilities. Unit 2 focus on planning a delivering a microteach. Unit 3 focuses on assessing in a teaching environment. This is a stepping stone vocational teacher training qualification which is designed to give you an idea and basic skills of a teacher.


You can achieve the qualification in a number of ways as follows:

You can replace unit 3 with unit 6 instead to enable you to achieve the mandatory unit that underpins the NVQ Assessor award.

You can also replace unit 2 with either unit 4 (if they work with individual learners) or unit 5 (if you work with groups). This will enable you to avoid the microteach if you are already working with individual or group of learners over a period of time.

This is an entry teacher training qualification. The qualification has replaced the old PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Sector) qualification. The course has a 48 hours guided learning requirement which you have to meet by interacting with course staff. The total qualification time is 120 hours.

Entry requirements for this AET Course?

This course is open to anyone. There is no requirement to be already practicing as a teacher. Candidates who choose to complete either unit 4 or 5 will need to be already working with individuals or groups respectively over a period of time.

You are also expected to have access to the world wide web, word processor and be willing to work hard to achieve the qualification. You are required to commit some time to participate in course activities and complete tasks.

What does the Education and Training Award Level 3 Award involve?

In order to complete and achieve the Level 3 Award in Education and Training you need to have an understanding of roles, responsibilities and principles of assessment. You will also need to know how to plan inclusive learning, teaching or training. You then need to participate in an hour of micro-teaching. Candidates will need to either deliver a minimum 15 minutes and observe others for the remaining forty-five minutes. If you choose to complete either unit 4 or 5 you need an understanding and demonstrate supporting either individuals or groups

Course Units for this new PTLLS Course

The Level 3 Award in Education and Training (AET) course has a similar structure as the predecessor PTLLS qualification. The credits and guided learning hours remain the same. The units have now been reduced from four to three as follows:

Unit 1: Understanding roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training
Unit 2: Understanding and using inclusive teaching and learning approaches in education and training
Unit 3: Understanding assessment in education and training

If you are currently working in any learning and development setting and can provide evidence of supporting an individual learner or a group of learners you are welcome to complete either Unit 4 or Unit 5 highlighted below instead of the microteach (Unit 3). Charges apply for this option. Please get in touch with us before enrolment so that we can discuss your needs, learning opportunities and charges.

Unit 4: Facilitate learning and development in groups
Unit 5: Facilitate learning and development for individuals

If you want to complete the assessor theory you will need to complete unit 6 highlighted below instead of unit 3.Please choose the appropriate course when booking.

Unit 6: Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment

Course Delivery and Assessments of this AET Training Course

The Level 3 Award in Education and Training is delivered mainly by distance learning (online). You can choose to complete classroom-based over three days. You can alternative complete within 12 weeks by distance learning.

All candidates will be allocated an assessor who will also be their primary contact. You will be expected to attend your scheduled sessions (classroom based) or actively participate in tutorials when you complete by distance learning.

Upon successful completion of the course, your work will undergo both internal and external quality assurance. We will claim your certificate from the awarding body. Certificates are normally issued within 14 days after successful external quality assurance.