This course has replaced PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector)

The Level 3 Award in Education and Training (AET) 4 Day Course is for people who: 

  • want to start teaching or training adults
  • want to training people in their workplace eg. induction training, staff training days, updates etc.
  • want to teach people to pass recognised qualifications including NVQs (National Vocational Qualifications)
  • teach on a one-to-one or group basis or
  • give private tuition
  • need a nationally recognised qualification in teaching
  • are existing trainers or teachers and want to get qualified
  • intend to be trainers in industry, commerce or the post-16 sector
Nearly all deliverers of learning are required to have this qualification. It will be needed by those providing learning in workplaces and colleges and also where underpinning knowledge is required for particular qualifications.
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We Support You Every Step of the way.

All candidates on this Level 3 Award in Education and Training (Level 3 AET ) course with Carlton Training will have the support of our team of trained staff from a wide range of backgrounds and vocational areas.

Our team of experienced, competent and supportive tutors can help you achieve your Award in Education and Training. We'll give you expert classroom tuition and guidance, as well as on-line support with written assignments.

After gaining the Level 3 Award in Education and Training (AET) 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

Once you have gained the Level 3 Award in Education and Training this is your passport to teaching and training, you can get started teaching real classes, organising training events and put your new teaching skills into action.

More about the Level 3 Award in Education and Training qualification, assignments and microteaching tasks at the bottom of the page.

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.

The Level 3 Award in Education and Training qualification is not suitable for those wishing to teach in the compulsory education area i.e. those wishing to teach in primary and or secondary schools.

The skills needed for teaching in primary and secondary schools differ considerably from those required to teach in the adult education world.

Course Entry Requirements.

There are no formal entry requirements for this training course, but candidates must have a qualification or experience in the subject they wish to teach. This could range from a formal qualification to experience in the workplace or as a volunteer.

What's next?

After you have gained the Level 3 Award in Education and Training, the next step is to gain the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training (CET) qualification,

Both these qualifications will give you a better chance in the job market and can lead you to the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (DET) and Qualified Teacher status (QTLS).

Level 3 Award in Education and Training course – historical background

The Level 3 Award in Education and Training replaces various qualifications, including:

  • Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector
  • PTLLS 7303
  • PTLLS 6302
  • Petals
  • City and Guilds Adult Education Certificate
  • 6302 PTLLS (from September 2013)
  • City and Guilds 7303 PTLLS
  • City and Guilds 7307
  • Certificate in Teaching Adult Learners 7407
  • Certificate in Further Education Teaching
  • and the 7302 Certificate in Delivering Learning.

It is often the minimum requirement for people who want to start teaching in post-16 education. The Level 3 Award in Education and Training is also the first step towards gaining fully qualified teacher training status.

What you need to know about the Level 3 Award in Education and Training qualification, assignments and microteaching tasks

The adults in post compulsory education may be learning to further their careers, to acquire a new skill, to perfect an existing skill or to achieve academic or vocational success which was not possible during their time in compulsory education. In undertaking this learning adults may attend classes on a full time basis, one or two days a week or for an hour or two in the evening.

This great variation in the amount of time that adults devote to their learning means that teachers in the post compulsory education world must plan their lessons well. 

Lesson planning is an essential part of the Level 3 Award in Education and Training qualification.

Our Level 3 Award in Education and Training courses cover how to plan lessons to make the best use of the time and resources available. Hand in hand with this is the ability to plan courses effectively. By learning how to plan courses effectively teachers will be able to ensure that not only all the required topics covered in the courses they are teaching, but also that enough time is devoted to each topic area and subjects are covered thoroughly.

Learn how to teach in a large variety of situations

When teaching adults it is essential that teachers take note of peoples differing needs and requirements in order that lessons can be taught in an inclusive and customer friendly manner. Level 3 Award in Education and Training courses help teachers learn how to do this in order to be able to teach in a wide variety of situations and different learning environments, from workplace on-the-job training to formal college settings.

Keeping pupils motivated and involved in the lessons are skills which are gained by attending our Level 3 Award in Education and Training courses, there are many different teaching methods available to today's teachers and trainers. Finding out about these methods and how to apply them to your lessons is vital to the success and effectiveness of the teaching you are providing.

Learn several teaching methods

One of the most frequently overlooked roles of a teacher or trainer is that of assessing the progress of learners i.e., checking to make sure they are keeping up with the lessons and learning what they need to. The ability to assess learners' progress is a vital part of our The Level 3 Award in Education and Training courses, where different assessment methods are explained, demonstrated and analysed. Approaches to the best way to implement assessments within your teaching and how to tailor these to your learners are all covered.

Written assignments

To be awarded the Level 3 Award in Education and Training qualification candidates will need to complete some written assignments. These include some theory about the role of a teacher/ trainer in relation to teaching adults, liaising with colleagues in the teaching field, how to select the best teaching methods for your class. Candidates will also keep a journal on the course to aid them in completing a summative profile of themselves on completion i.e. an account of what they have learnt and how it will be of use to them in the future.


One of the most important assignments candidates complete on the Level 3 Award in Education and Training course is the microteaching, which is where each member of the class teaches a short sample lesson the group. This lesson can be on any subject, most people prefer to choose the subject which they are eventually going to teach after the course. The instructor guides everybody through exactly what needs doing in terms of preparing and planning this lesson. Microteaching is an important chance for candidates to have to teach in a supportive and risk free environment, gaining vital skills and confidence by practical application of what they have learned.

To give learners the best possible experience it is vital to make sure that they are engaged in the whole learning process, so that they feel that the teaching and assessing being provided is relevant to their needs. It is important to bear in mind that when teaching adults there is no such thing as a captive audience, unlike school pupils, adult learners can leave anytime if the teaching is not up to the standard they expect. This course gives you the skills and confidence needed to start teaching great lessons.

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