The NCFE Level 3 Award in Education and Training has
been accredited by the qualifications regulators for
England, Wales and Northern Ireland, 1 and is part of
the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). This
qualification replaces the QCF Level 3 Award in
Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector and
the Level 4 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong
Learning Sector (PTLLS) introduced in 2007 and updated
Aims and Objectives of this Qualification
The NCFE Level 3 Award in Education and Training is an
introductory teaching qualification. Depending upon the
optional units chosen, a learner will either need to
take part in microteaching (Unit 02) or teaching
practice in the work environment (Unit 03 and Unit 04).
Therefore, it may be undertaken by individuals who are
not in a teaching role if the microteaching option is
This qualification aims to meet the needs of a range of trainee teachers, such as:
- Individuals not currently in a teaching or training
role – achievement of the qualification doesn’t require
practice other than microteaching unless units from the
learning and development suite of qualifications are
- Individuals currently teaching and training (including
those who have just begun teaching and training) -
although the qualification does not require practice
other than microteaching (unless units from the learning
and development suite of qualifications are selected),
opportunities may be made available to observe and
provide feedback on a trainee teacher's practice
- Individuals currently working as Assessors who wish to
achieve a qualification that provides an introduction to
The objective of the qualification is to prepare learners for employment and support them to progress to a teaching role within the workplace.
Achieving this Qualification
To be awarded the NCFE Level 3 Award in Education and
Training, learners must achieve a minimum of 12 credits:
3 credits from the mandatory unit in Group A, 6 credits
from Group B and 3 credits from Group C. This
qualification consists of one mandatory unit and 5
All trainee teachers joining this qualification
programme should undertake an initial assessment of
skills in English, Mathematics and ICT. They should
record their development needs and, where applicable,
agree an action plan to address them. If trainee
teachers join the qualification programme having already
undertaken an initial assessment of their English,
Mathematics and ICT skills, their record of development
needs and any previous actions taken to address them
should be reviewed and updated as required. There are no
other nationally agreed entry requirements. Minimum core
of literacy, language, numeracy and ICT The minimum core
of literacy, language, numeracy and ICT details the
knowledge, understanding and personal skills in English,
Mathematics and ICT expected of all teachers in the
sector. There is no requirement in relation to the
minimum core in this qualification. However, there is a
requirement to carry out an initial assessment of a
trainee teacher’s personal skills in English,
Mathematics and ICT.
Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:
- NCFE Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training
- NCFE Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training
How are they Assessed?
They will be assessed by your tutor or assessor using a
range of methods. This could include tasks such as
designing charts or leaﬂets, coursework or methods such
as oral questioning.
Do you need to be working to take the Qualification?
No, as these are knowledge only qualiﬁcation.
How long do they take to Complete?
You can usually complete this in a year or less.
Which type of Job Roles can Learners Apply for on Completion?
This qualification do not qualify you to work but do
provide a starting point for deciding whether a career
in the sector is right for you.
Qualification Reference Number
Award: QAN 601/1620/1