NCFE Level 3 Award in Education and Training (AET)

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Overview

This Level 3 Award in Education and Training lets you apply for ‘affiliate’ status with the Society for Education and Training (SET), preparing you to teach at a post-16 level in the private sector or further education institution. A direct replacement for NVQ/QCF PTLLS, this level 3 teaching qualification is ideal for those who have little or no teaching experience or training and want a course which will allow them to gain a respected, accredited qualification online in their own time at their own pace.

The Level 3 Award in Education and Training is an accredited qualification on the RQF framework, regulated by Ofqual. You’ll learn all about the roles, responsibilities, and relationships involved in further education, how to deliver inclusive sessions which engage and motivate learners, and the use of assessment methods and record-keeping.

What’s more, even though you’ll need to demonstrate teaching competency as you complete this course, you’ll have the option to do this by microteaching a short lesson to a peer group.

What you'll learn

Unit 1 - Understanding roles, responsibilities, and relationships in education and training

In the first unit, you’ll look at the roles and responsibilities of a teacher, the learning and assessment cycle, and factors which might disrupt effective learning. You’ll also tackle issues of quality assurance, GDPR, accountability and compliance, and health and safety.

Unit 2 - Understanding and using Inclusive teaching and learning approaches in education and training

Next, you’ll discover tips for inclusive teaching and assessment, as well as how to set up an effective learning environment. You’ll look at how to motivate learners and use blended learning options, as well as study models such as Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and Bloom’s taxonomy.

Unit 3 - Understanding the principles and practices of assessment

In the third unit, you’ll explore the function of assessment in learning and development, looking at different assessment methods, key concepts and principles, and the responsibilities of the assessor. You’ll also compare the strengths and limitations of a range of assessment methods, learn about the standards and criteria that an assessor works to, and more.

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Awarding Body

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NCFE is the leader in vocational and technical learning committed to powering a more intelligent education eco-system. We combine over 170 years of experience with deep insight into what is needed and what works.

From world-class qualifications and content to new assessment methodologies, from innovative technology platforms to partnership opportunities with our network of expert collaborators – NCFE galvanises the education sector to shape the most innovative solutions for individual learning needs.  In doing this, we’re working for a fairer education system for all learners to power inclusivity and choice.

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Course Outcome

To be awarded this qualification, learners are required to successfully complete one mandatory unit and a minimum of two optional units. At the end of this course, you’ll be awarded a formal certificate of achievement from NCFE, the UK’s leading sector specialist in health, care and education.

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:

How is this course assessed or examined?

This course is assessed in two ways:

Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)

Each unit is followed by a tutor-marked assignment (TMA) which will be completed at the end of each module and marked by your personal tutor.

You will not be required to take an external exam with this course as your portfolio of evidence is internally assessed by us and externally quality assured by the awarding body. Your personal tutor will provide feedback on your work, and should there be any amendments required, they will outline what is needed for you to complete that assignment.

Observation

This course requires one observation in the form of a micro-teach (fancy name for a short lesson). This means somebody will need to observe you in practice, conducting a micro-teach. This could be in a workplace, a voluntary placement or here at Oxbridge.

We offer one complimentary observation for this course to any student on the UK mainland, which is enough to complete the course.

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Entry requirements

Given the nature of the course, the minimum entry age is 19. There are no other formal entry requirements for this course. However, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.

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Can I sign up for a Student Beans account and get Student Discounts?

Yes! One of the many benefits of being an Oxbridge student is that you get access to great discounts with a Student Beans account! Eligibility criteria apply and acceptance is made at the discretion of Student Beans. Find out how to sign up.

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How do I become a teacher without a degree?

While this is an unusual route to becoming a teacher, it’s certainly possible. First, you have to work towards getting a Diploma in Education and Training (DET). In order to qualify for this, you’ll need to have at least Level 2 skills in Maths and English, but if you’re thinking of teaching these subjects, you’ll need a Level 3. Additionally, you’ll have to be able to evidence at least 100 hours of teaching experience.  

After obtaining your DET, you can apply for QTLS and obtain an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) certificate. After this, you’ll need to register for the Professional Formation, leading to the QTLS. 

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What qualifications do you need to be a teacher?

In the UK, you are required to have a degree and gain a Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in order to teach in state schools. If you wish to teach at the primary level, you will also need to have achieved the minimum pass grade in GCSE English, maths, and science. 

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How long is a teacher training course in the UK?

Generally, you will complete a teacher training course within one year, should you do a post-graduate PGCE program. During this time, you’ll spend both academic time on campus and several weeks in school placements, getting hands-on experience. This is also when you will train towards your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) recommendation. 

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What qualifications do you need to become an assessor?

Before becoming a qualified assessor, you’ll have to obtain an assessing qualification at an accredited institution, such as Oxbridge. Once you’ve completed this, you’ll receive a Certificate of Competence and Statement Of Results (SOR). Now you can register with an Education and Training Quality Assurance Body (ETQA), and that’s that; you’re now a qualified assessor.

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How do I become an assessor?

In order to become a qualified assessor, you’ll need to hold a minimum of a level 3 qualification in the area you’re hoping to assess as well as industry experience. Additionally, you’ll have to obtain an assessing qualification like the Oxbridge NCFE Level 3 Certificate. 

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Why take a teaching assessing course online?

Assessing is another major part of post-16 vocational qualifications. You can become a qualified assessor or IQA with Oxbridge assessing courses. No matter what your occupation is, our flexible course will help you obtain the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA).

With our courses being online, you can complete the course in your own time, at your own pace, so it fits perfectly around work and other commitments.

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Why take a teaching course online?

There is a constant need to qualify more and more great teachers, and it’s unlikely this need will go away any time soon. If you’re considering pursuing a career in teaching, our Oxbridge courses are the ideal tool to help you prepare for the art of teaching. With our online courses, you can choose to set a schedule that fits your agenda.

Oxbridge courses will qualify you to teach post-16 and are also used as access courses for primary and secondary education qualifications. However, if you’re looking to teach Early Years (ages 0-5), then our Early Years courses will be more suitable.

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Explain the UK Education System – Key Stages

The UK educational system is divided into primary and secondary schools, with a few authorities running a three-tier system. The key stages include:

  • Early years foundation stage (EYFS): 0-5-year-olds – nursery and reception
  • Key Stage 1: 5-7 year olds – school years 1-2
  • Key Stage 2: 7-11 year olds – school years 3-6
  • Key Stage 3: 11-14 year olds – school years 7-9
  • Key Stage 4: 14-16 year olds – school years 10-11
  • Post-16 teaching

Our teaching and assessing courses focus on post-16 education.

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Faye

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Beginning my career as an early years practitioner inspired me to step into the world of teaching. I have since elevated my skillset through a range of qualifications including L3 in Assessing Vocational Achievement, L3 in Education & Training and L4 in Internal Quality Assurance. I’m a big kid at heart; I love Disney movies and also dabble in photography.  

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Marine biology, jellyfish conservationist, hairdresser, fitness instructor… I have an eclectic backstory! Art is my passion and one of my proudest moments was achieving my Masters in Fine Art. I then requalified as an Art teacher to share my knowledge with my students. For most of my career, I’ve supported vulnerable students with additional needs such as SEMH and SEN.

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Sarah

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My 30-year stride in education started with childminding, to working with pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. I then tutored in a national reading programme and went on to become a Higher-Level TA. I’m elated to say I graduated with a First-Class BA Honours Degree when I was 50 – living proof that it’s never too late to chase your dreams!

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Kelly

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I always knew that a career focused around helping people achieve their goals was perfect for me. That’s why I became a tutor. I love to see my student’s confidence flourish as they progress through their courses. It’s important to help them fit their learning goals around their personal commitments so they have the best chance of success! 

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Laura

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For 10+ years, my passion for helping learners develop and grow has driven my career as a teacher. To help me progress even further, I am currently studying to achieve the IQA award. I love reading and I’m a self-professed Harry Potter fan. Talk to me about all things history, rock music, tattoos and true crime podcasts. 

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