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 in 2011.

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 taken.

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 selected
  • 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 teaching.
    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 optional units.

Entry Guidance

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.

Progression Opportunities

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