Is PTLLS an NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) ?


No, PTLLS is not an NVQ.

An NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) is what is known as an evidence based award. This means that to gain the award a candidate must produce evidence of their compentence (ie proof that they are good enough) to their assessor. Such eveidence can be quite varied and can include written work, a folder of work, observations of the candidte by the assessor, witness statements from their workplace supervisor, minuites of meetings etc. If one item of evidence is not good enough a candidate can produce another item of evidence instead.  There anre many NVQs covering a whole range of subjects, including photography, youth work, childcare, hairdressing, horticulture, forestery.

The PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector) award is assessment based. This means that there are set tasks or assignments that the candidate MUST complete to the right standard in order to qualify. If a candidate does not do the assignments or does not do them well enough then they do not pass. Thankfully this is a very rare situation at Carlton Training – mainly thanks to our very supportive teacher training team and the efforts of the candidates themselves. But the point is that with PTLLS there is no alternative to completing the assignments – a candidate cannot just turn up with some sort of other proof of their competence. PTLLS is a specific award for people who want to teach adults.

Which approach is better? You be the judge !

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