Level 3 Award in Educational Training

Course Level: Level 4

Study mode: Full Time

Qualification Objective: 

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 Award in Education and Training is an introductory teaching qualification. Achieving this Award will provide sufficient evidence that the learner has acquired the necessary skills and knowledge to prepare, plan, deliver and evaluate basic teaching and learning sessions, in a variety of teaching or training contexts. This introductory, knowledge-based teaching qualification has no minimum teaching practice requirement. Therefore, it may be undertaken by individuals who are not in a teaching role. However, there is a minimum requirement to take part in micro–teaching.

It can meet the needs of a range of trainee teachers, including:

  • individuals not currently teaching or training
  • individuals currently teaching and training, including those who have just begun or are about to begin
  • individuals currently working as assessors who wish to achieve a qualification providing an introduction to teaching.

It gives learners the opportunity to:

  • develop knowledge related to teaching and learning 
  • develop skills in teaching and learning
  • achieve a nationally-recognised Level 3 qualification
  • develop their own personal growth and engagement in teaching and learning.

Relationship with Previous Qualifications:

This qualification is a direct replacement for the Pearson Level 3/Level 4 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (2011).
The Award is now available only at Level 3 and the credit value remains as 12 credits.
As with the qualification it replaces, it continues to be based around preparing and delivering a micro–teach session. Where the alternative Learning and Development units are selected there is a requirement for learners to be able to demonstrate their competence in a work-based learning context. This remains the same as the previous qualification.

Progression opportunities through BTEC qualifications :

Learners who have achieved the Pearson BTEC Level 3 Award in Education and Training can progress to the Pearson BTEC Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training or the Pearson BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training. The Award unit Understanding Roles, Responsibilities and Relationships in Education and Training is a mandatory unit in the Pearson BTEC Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training and similar qualifications can apply for those wishing to progress to the Certificate. There is no equivalent credit transfer directly from the Award to the Level 5 Diploma as there are no common units of assessment within the rules of combination. Centres should note that achievement of the Diploma in Education and Training permits a maximum of 12 credits at Level 3 and learners wishing to undertake the Award must be aware of this, or must consider it in their selection of optional units.

Industry support and recognition:

The units in this qualification were developed by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS), the Standards Setting Body (SSB) for teaching and learning. The Level 3 Award in Education and Training provides an introduction to teaching and training as a preparation for employment in the occupational area.
In September 2012, amended workforce regulations were introduced that removed the requirement to join the Institute for Learning (IfL) and acquire professional status but retained, for a further twelve months, the requirement to work towards the achievement of the existing teaching qualifications. This signalled a move to a new approach that will not be dependent on government regulation but where the sector will decide for itself the best way to raise and maintain standards.
Employers should have internal policies in place to specify the qualifications that they require their teaching staff to hold and to determine what continuing professional development (CPD) is appropriate. Policies should cover the different teaching roles undertaken by staff including those delivering literacy, numeracy, ESOL and provision to disabled learners. In the absence of government regulation, employers and individuals will have greater flexibility to choose the most appropriate qualifications for their staff. The roles that different members of staff play in delivery will also affect the qualifications and experience needed.
Guidance on qualifications can come from professional bodies, sector membership bodies and trade unions, including:

  • Association of Colleges (AoC)
  • Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP)
  • Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL)
  • Education and Training Foundation (ETF)
  • University and College Union (UCU)