Education & Training City & Guilds Level 3 Award (formerly PTLLS)
This City and Guilds Level 3 course is for those who wish to teach adults in further education colleges, adult education centres or the workplace. It is an introductory course so no previous teaching experience or access to teaching is needed. Studied at Level 3, this is a good starting point if you are looking to teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector. Applicants do not need to be in a teaching role to do this course.
This introductory, knowledge-based teaching qualification has no minimum teaching practice requirement, meaning it can be undertaken by individuals who are not in a teaching role. However, there is a minimum requirement to take part in microteaching.
This qualification is suitable for individuals who:
- are not in a teaching role, or who have just started a teaching role;
- want a short qualification;
- have the potential to study at this level, which has the same level of demand as that of study for A-levels;
- want a qualification without a minimum teaching practice requirement;
- may have already achieved some Learning and Development units that can be carried forward into this teaching qualification.
Applicants need to be suitably qualified up to Level 3 and/or experienced to teach in a chosen subject and have adequate literacy, numeracy and ICT skills to cope with three written assignments at Level 3.
After gaining the Level 3 Award in Education and Training qualification, you will be able to:
- Understand the how to use different teaching techniques
- Plan interesting and effective lessons
- Know how to teach confidently and effectively
- Be able to assess how well your candidates are learning
This is your passport to teaching and training. Once you have gained the Level 3 Award in Education and Training you can get started teaching real classes, organising training events and put your new teaching skills into action.
You will complete three written assignments covering the topics above. As part of one of the assignments you will plan and deliver a 15-minute micro teaching session to the rest of the class on a suitable subject of your choice.
Further study and career options
This is an introductory course that will improve your confidence and practice if you are already teaching or wish to go into teaching. In order to become a qualified lecturer or trainer a further course of study would be needed, such as the Certificate in Education or PGCE (CertEd/PGCE).
The Level 3 Award in Education and Training is a nationally recognised qualification for teaching in post-16 education (i.e. adult education). It gives teachers, or those wishing to teach in the adult, post compulsory sector, a recognised, good quality award that will enable them to show they have the required skills to deliver training and carry out assessment during that training. They can then progress to a Level 4 qualification or a Level 5 qualification as they gain experience and expertise - finishing with a full QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills) qualification if they so wish. It has been developed in conjunction with City & Guilds and Ofqual and is the latest and most up to date qualification in the education and training field.
Each part-time course runs for twelve weeks. They either start in September or and February of each year and you will need to attend College one morning or one evening a week for 3 hours. You will need to spend approximately an additional 6 hours per week researching and preparing assessments.
This course either runs as a twelve week, or intensive two week summer course.
To apply, you must complete and return a Bedford College application form to the Bedford College Teacher Training Department. You may be required to attend an interview.