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Level 3 Award in Education and Training (RQF) Teaching

Training Qualifications UK (TQUK)

Level 3 Award in Education and Training

Discover how to plan, deliver and assess effective learning to engage and inform adult learners with a Level 3 Award in Education and Training.


This Level 3 Award* offers a first step towards teaching at post-16/adult level or to a career in the training sector. It is also extremely relevant if you train others as part of your role at work, or in a voluntary or community capacity.

Using online materials you’ll explore the latest best practice in planning, delivery, assessment and record keeping. You’ll build a portfolio of evidence including learning plans, observations and evaluations. You’ll also prepare and video a learning session which will be marked by your tutor.

If you’re an aspiring adult education teacher or trainer the Level 3 Award in Education and Training opens up a pathway of TQUK courses (part of the RQF Framework), which enable progression in this rewarding field.  

*This qualification replaces Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS)

Why study Level 3 Award in Education and Training (RQF)?

By using NEC for your Level 3 Award in Education and Training qualification, you’ll gain up to 6 months support from a personal tutor, alongside access to engaging online study materials, designed to fit learning into your lifestyle.

You don’t need to be working in a training/education role to complete this course, as it focuses on your personal experience of teaching and learning. Your progress will be evaluated through four assignments (including the microteach session).

This course is ideal if you:

  • Want to work in post-16 teaching, or adult education.
  • Would like to pursue a career in the training sector.  
  • Are not yet in a teaching role (pre-service), or have just begun a role.
  • Prefer a qualification that does not require teaching practice.
  • Have training responsibilities at work and want to improve your approach.
  • Coach or train people at a sport, voluntary or community club.
  • Want to understand key techniques and best practice in education and training.
  • Need a flexible training solution, that fits your lifestyle.
  • Would like to add a nationally-recognised TQUK qualification to your C.V.

Future opportunities

  • Working as an ‘Associate Teacher’ at post-16 level.
  • Working towards a full PGCE qualification.
  • Progressing to other teaching, training, assessment and quality assurance qualifications with TQUK, at Certificate or Diploma level.

Course content

Section 1: Rules, responsibilities and relationships

  • The process of teaching and learning
  • Boundaries of the professional role
  • Promoting inclusion
  • Identifying the needs of learners
  • Legal responsibilities and record keeping

Section 2: Assessment in education and training

  • What is assessment?
  • Types of assessment
  • Methods of assessment and record keeping
  • Assessment criteria and giving feedback

Section 3: Inclusive teaching and learning

  • Overcoming barriers to learning
  • Learning styles
  • Embedding functional skills
  • Creating an inclusive and motivating environment
  • Selecting teaching methods and resources

Section 4: Planning and preparation

  • Planning
  • Preparing for the microteach

Study the Level 3 Award in Education and Training with us and benefit from:

  • Flexible learning
  • Support from a personal tutor by email, phone or Skype
  • Any time enrolment
  • Assignments with tutor feedback
  • Ongoing support from Student Support
  • Forums to discuss your course with other students


Choose when and where you access your course, using learn@nec our 24/7 learning platform.

This easy-to-use learning platform includes interactive checkpoints, quizzes and activities to help you evaluate your progress.

Our course tutors

You’ll have access to support from a personal tutor. All NEC tutors are subject experts, with experience of supporting online learners.


What you need to know


  • This course is accredited by Training Qualifications UK (TQUK)


  • Online learning with support from a personal tutor

Entry requirements

  • A good command of basic English
  • At least 19 years of age
  • A relevant vocational or academic qualification of at least the level above that of the learners you plan to teach
  • Ideally, minimum of a Level 3 qualification in your chosen area of specialism
  • An ability to read and write in English


  • Complete at your own pace
  • Approx. 48 to 61  study hours, plus time for completing assignments


  • No additional set texts required


  • Internet access
  • Computer operating system and browser to support learn@nec

What's included?

Our course fees are open and honest to help you plan for any additional costs.

Your course fee includes:

  • Access to learn@nec
  • All the course materials you need to complete the course
  • Support from a personal tutor for up to six months from your date of enrolment
  • Assignment marking
  • NEC’s guide to study skills: How to Succeed as an Independent Learner
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar guide
  • Time planner to help you plan your study timetable

Your course fee does not cover:

  • The cost of optional textbooks

Optional extras:

This course is entirely self-contained so no additional textbooks are required. However, you may find it helpful to purchase the following text for additional reading:

  • Achieving Your Award in Education and Training: A Practical Guide to Successful Teaching in the Further Education and Skills Sector, M Francis and J Gould, SAGE Publications Ltd, Third Edition, 12 August 2014.

Exams and assessment

You will create a portfolio of evidence using different formats including:

  • learning plans
  • observation
  • evaluation
  • practical observation by video

You need to complete the micro-teach assessment in order to gain the full TQUK qualification. If you are unable to meet the micro-teach requirements, you can gain TQUK unit accreditation for units relating to:

  • Section 1): Roles, Responsibilities and Relationships
  • Section 2): Assessment in Education and Training

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