Level 3 Award in Education and Training

This award is aimed at candidates who:

Objective of the qualification

The Level 3 Award in Education and Training (QCF) is an introductory teaching qualification. Achieving this Award will provide sufficient evidence that the learner has acquired the necessary skills and knowledge to prepare, plan, deliver and evaluate basic teaching and learning sessions, in a variety of teaching or training contexts. This introductory, knowledge-based teaching qualification has no minimum teaching practice requirement. Therefore, it may be undertaken by individuals who are not in a teaching role. However, there is a minimum requirement to take part in micro–teaching.

It can meet the needs of a range of trainee teachers, including:

It gives learners the opportunity to:

Relationship with previous qualifications

This qualification is a direct replacement for the Edexcel Level 3/Level 4 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (2011).

The Award is now available only at Level 3 and the credit value remains as 12 credits.

As with the qualification it replaces, it continues to be based around preparing and delivering a micro–teach session. Where the alternative Learning and Development units are selected there is a requirement for learners to be able to demonstrate their competence in a work-based learning context. This remains the same as the previous qualification.

Progression opportunities

Learners who have achieved the Level 3 Award in Education and Training (QCF) can progress to the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training (QCF) or the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (QCF).

The Award unit Understanding Roles, Responsibilities and Relationships in Education and Training is a mandatory unit in the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training and the appropriate credit transfer can apply for those wishing to progress to the Certificate. There is no equivalent credit transfer directly from the Award to the Level 5 Diploma as there are no common units of assessment within the rules of combination.

Achievement of the Diploma in Education and Training permits a maximum of 12 credits at Level 3 and learners wishing to undertake the Award must be aware of this, or must consider it in their selection of optional units.


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