Education and Training Award Level 3 RQF (Teacher Training)

Level 3 Award in Education and Training (AET qualification) is the first step in teacher training and this learning pathway can take you all the way to a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education). This is a nationally recognised teacher training course and at the end of this course you will be known as an “Associate Teacher” and able to teach at post-16 level.

This AET qualification is a direct replacement for the old NVQ/QCF PTLLS course (often referred to as “petals”), which stopped being offered in August 2014.

The Level 3 Award in Education and Training is an accredited qualification on the RQF framework, regulated by Ofqual and is suitable for individuals who wish to teach in the Further Education and Skills Sector and forms a foundation for those with little or no previous experience of teaching or training. This teaching training course can offer you fantastic career prospects and development opportunities and this course is a great place to begin.

On this teacher training course you will discover:

  • The roles, responsibilities and relationships in lifelong learning
  • Understanding inclusive learning and teaching in lifelong learning
  • Appropriate teaching and learning approaches in your specialist area
  • How to deliver inclusive sessions which engage and motivate learners
  • The use of different assessment methods and the need for record keeping
  • Relevant legislation, regulations and codes of practice.
The first step in teacher training; this learning pathway can take you all the way to a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate).
A formal qualification

This course is a formally recognised RQF qualification and is recognised throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.

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Awarding body: NCFE CACHE
Our course ref: X319
Qualification code: 601/1620/1
Official Qualification Title: NCFE Level 3 Award in Education and Training

CACHE stands for the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education, and are the leading specialist Awarding Organisation for the Care and Education Sector.

Study Hours

Up to 120 hours which is under 40 minutes per day for 6 months.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for a small fee, which also extends your tutor support.

Study Method

Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, posters, leaflets, presentations, PowerPoint presentations, video/audio recordings, work-based and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.


There are three tutor marked assignments (TMAs), which are submitted and then marked by your tutor. You will not be required to take an external exam, however, you will need to complete a short practical Micro-Teach as part of the qualification. This can be achieved by volunteering in a teaching environment.

Course Outcomes

This qualification comes with NCFE CACHE Level 3 certification. That means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to Level 3 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Accreditation by NCFE is a guarantee of quality. It means that this learning programme has been scrutinised and approved by an independent panel of experienced educational professionals and is quality audited biannually by NCFE.

NCFE is recognised as an awarding body by the qualification regulators (‘regulators’) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS) in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland. You can read more about NCFE here.

Additional Information
Official Qualification Title
NCFE Level 3 Award in Education and Training
Level 3
Entry requirements
There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.
Section 1
Understanding Roles, Responsibilities and Relationships in Education and Training
  • Understand the teaching role and responsibilities in education and training
  • Understand ways to maintain a safe and supportive learning environment
  • Understand the relationships between teachers and other professionals in education and training

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for 12 months.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

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Once I had enrolled and everything was sorted my course materials arrived no more than 2-3 days later along with a welcome letter and study guide. The welcome letter and study guide were a welcomed addition. I felt like part of the Oxbridge HL Community from the outset. The course materials themselves are very well written. You can see how the course content relates to each learning outcome and the assignment briefs meet and are relevant to the assessments criteria.

Great qualification to have on your CV
Hannah Lappage

Great qualification to have on your CV.

Lovely tutor, course easy to follow and support available when needed.

I’m now a qualified Associate Teacher
June Patton

I’m now a qualified Associate Teacher, great to be able to gain such a qualification in my own home. Right from the first call to enrollment and then to qualification I have felt supported and nurtured.

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