Teaching really is one of those wonderful careers where you get to feel like you’re really making a difference with your work. Unlike in previous years where the only options for becoming a teacher involved getting a degree and then completing a PGCE, there are now lots of different routes into teaching and lots of different fields of teaching where you get to help students of all ages and levels.

With the rise in vocational subjects and courses, there is a huge demand at the moment for teachers and teaching assistants to help students achieve their educational goals. With this in mind, the Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) qualification was developed. The PTLLS was designed as an entry route for teaching in Further Education and Life Long Learning sector (for example, Continuing Professional Development or CPD for short). In recent times, the PTLLS qualification has become the Award in Education Training (AET).

The Award in Education Training course is a Level 3 Diploma that acts as an entry into teaching without the need for a degree or PGCE. Students are free to study the course both online or in the classroom and once successfully achieved can become an Associate Teacher (or Teaching Assistant). From there, there is a full progression route of teaching Diplomas to help an Associate Teacher/Teaching Assistant or Trainer gain their Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status, that qualifies them to be a Teacher.

Who can Enrol onto the Award in Education Training Course for Teaching?

As the Award in Education Training course is Level 3, you don’t have the requirement to already be a Teacher or Trainer, you simply have to have an interest in teaching as a career. We would also advise that you hold some Level 2 or GCSE qualifications as well to further help and support your studying progress.

The AET is a flexible Diploma course, so as the student, you can decide if you wish to study the course entirely online or in the classroom or with a mixture of both. For ease and flexibility of those who are already in full time employment, usually the online version of the course is much simpler to complete as you don’t have to attend a school to progress your studies.

When can an Award in Education Training be Studied?

Again, due to the flexible nature of the course, you are free to enrol and start studying the course whenever it suits you and your other commitments. Obviously, if you are opting to study the course in a classroom, you will need to keep in mind the term times.

If you are ready to begin your journey into teaching, then you can learn more about the course and what you will be studying by viewing the course information below.

Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Award in Education Training



Online Level 3 Award in Education and Training – AET (Formerly PTTLS) Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I study the course? Online. Where can I study from? UK or Internationally. Are there entry requirements? Aged 19 or above with good understanding of English, numeracy and ICT. What qualification do I get? A Pearson BTEC Level 3 Award in Education and Training. What can I do with the qualification? Gain entry to higher level courses, or begin working in the sector at entry level. When can I enrol? At any time. How long is the course? You have up to one year (365 days) to complete the course. 48 guided study hours in total.

More Information

This Award in Education and Training is a great way to get into teaching. Formerly known as PTLLS, the Award in Education and Training is a short course designed to enable a wide range of students to undertake teaching, training or learning tasks relevant to their own training or teaching situation. It is recommended for all teachers new to the sector, whether in further education, adult and community learning, work-based learning or other parts of the learning and skills sector. This course has done great justice in exploring the role, responsibilities and duties of a teacher. As it is important for a teacher to take on a teaching approach that best suits the subject and the students concerned, this course is set to train you on the various learning and teaching approaches to help you decide on the most suitable one. You will also be taught on how to plan sessions in advance, how to deliver engaging lessons, how to motivate pupils and how to assess them. The course will cover the following 3 modules of study:
  • Roles and Responsibilities.
  • Inclusive Teaching and Learning..
  • Understanding Assessment.
Learners must complete the following to achieve the Award:
  • Three written assignments
  • One micro teaching session (which can be submitted as a recorded video)
All assignments should be submitted via the online portal within four months of the course start.

This course is accredited by:

Pearson Edexcel Qualifications Pearson BTEC is a multinational leading company that has set the bar in providing high quality educational services. It firmly believes that learning is the key to improving one’s opportunities in life and is continually improving its services to enhance the learning experience. Pearson collaborates with leading educational organisations to offer learners’ content, curricula, assessment and training. A certificate from this body will bring you out as a highly marketable candidate within a desired industry.