Level 3 Award in Education and Training Replaces the PTLLS Qualification

Got a very useful guest post from the kind folks at Train Aid on the replacement for Ptlls, the Level 3 Award in Education and Training. You can check out their information on the award here.

The major update that has occurred in recent times is the changeover from the Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) qualification to the new Level 3 Award in Education and Training Program. Here we examine what the update means to prospective candidates and what effect it has on those who already hold the PTLLS qualification.

The first piece of good news is that the content of the award units is very similar to that of the PTLLS Course, which means that anyone holding the ptlls qualification will not need to take the Level 3 Award qualification in order to continue within their profession.

Overall the general content has not changed apart from that there are now three units (2 x 3 credits and 1 x 6 credits. This differs slightly from the 4 x 3 credit system on the old PTLLS qualification:

1. Understanding roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training (level 3, 3 credits)
2. Understanding and using inclusive approaches in education and training (level 3, 6 credits)
3. Understanding assessment in education and training (level 3, 3 credits).

The Level 3 and Level 4 differentiation has been scrapped since the Award came into effect. This simplifies things as now everyone taking the new qualification will complete the same level. Candidates have the choice to progress to the Level 4 Certificate in Education & Training and / or the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training. The Level 4 and Level 5 replace the old CTLLS and DTLLS qualifications respectively.

There is no longer a major emphasis on referencing within the new Level 3 qualification. Candidates are expected to demonstrate knowledge from the units in the form of three essay questions (roughly 1000-1500 words each). Like before they will also need to plan, deliver and show observational skills for a 15 minute micro teach lesson.

48 guided learning (GL) hours are recommended to complete the qualification. There are three mandatory credits, whereby everyone must complete understanding roles, responsibilities and understanding (Unit 1). It is then possible to obtain the remaining award by substituting credits from the Learning and Development qualification:

● Facilitate learning and development for individuals (level 3, 6 credits) OR
● Facilitate learning and development in groups (level 3, 6 credits).

These units are considered ‘acceptable equivalents’ and are designed for those who are already in a current teaching role.

In conclusion, things haven’t changed a great deal and the updated qualification has the same outcome of preparing people to teach in the post 16 sector. There appears to be more flexibility with what credits you can take and the move towards one level. Stay posted for future updates about the qualification.

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