Level 3 Award in Education and Training (QCF)

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 replaces the Level 3 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector.

It is also a competence based qualification that is based on National Occupational Standards (NOS) and a Job – ready qualification which requires learners to demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to work in a specific industry.

The qualification is regulated in England by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual), in Wales by the Department for Education and Skills (DFES).

Above all, the award confers a threshold licence to teach which allows learners to commence their professional development within the teaching profession.

The Level 3 Award in Education and Training provides an introduction to teaching and comprises three units:

  • Understanding roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training
  • Understanding and using inclusive teaching and learning approaches in education and training
  • Understanding assessment in education and training

This qualification is Centre-assessed using different assessment methods, including observation of teaching, course work, recognition of prior learning, work products, witness testimonies, journal of teaching and discussion.

The main pieces of evidence for the portfolio could include:

  • Worksheet
  • Course work
  • Lesson Plan
  • Observation
  • Evaluation
  • Micro teaching log
  • Peer review report


There is a minimum requirement for trainee teachers to engage in observed and assessed microteaching for the following optional unit:

Understanding and using inclusive teaching and learning approaches in education and training.

For this unit, trainee teachers must be involved in at least one hour of microteaching. You are expected to must deliver at least one 15-minute microteaching session, which is observed and assessed by a member of the delivery team. For the additional 45 minutes, you can either deliver additional microteaching sessions or observe the microteaching sessions of other trainee teachers. However, Trainee teachers who are currently teaching may prefer to use their practice instead of microteaching to meet the requirements of this unit. In this case, you will be required to plan and deliver 1 hour of teaching and learning session, which you are expected to send to us.

You will be provided with a username and password, to log in our online learning platform. You will be able to access your course material, use the online resources and submit your assignments. If you have any queries, you are able to contact your tutor or one of our advisers by email, phone or arrange a virtual meeting (if necessary).


Use of technology is highly encouraged in learning and development. Some assessments can be carried out using Skype, video, webinars or any web conference. Fast track is possible for those who are dedicated to studying at a fast pace, have resources and access to learning opportunities.

Candidates will be expected to have a standard of Literacy and Numeracy and a level of industry knowledge appropriate for a person working at a level 3. It is suitable for learners aged 19 and above.

In order to secure a place on this e-learning programme, you must be able to meet the following conditions:

  • Access to the internet with a valid e-mail address.
  • Ability to study for minimum of 8 hours in a week for the duration of the programme
  • Able to attend the face-to-face session




It includes registration with the awarding body, tuition, assessment and certification.

You are usually expected to complete the course within 2 months from enrollment. We however give you an additional 2 months if you fail to complete during the normal duration which stretches the time period to a maximum 4 months!

Candidates are able to complete the course within a shorter time depending on a number of factors which includes own commitment and ability to study at a higher level. However, candidates joining the course with evidence of prior learning with a substantial number of credits will obviously be able to complete quicker! This is because the guided learning hours will also reduce.

Fast track is possible for those who are dedicated to studying at a fast pace, have resources and access to learning opportunities.

Any time (Online)