Ptlls is short for Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector, a teaching qualification from City and Guilds or Edexcel. It is offered all over the country as a first step towards teaching in post-compulsory education (students over 16).

It’s a short six credit course of 30 hours taught time. Different institutions will break that down differently, for example I studied three hours a week for ten weeks and there are intensive one-week courses also available. Studying by distance learning means you can fit your work in to your free time and taught classes are offered at different times of the day including evenings and there are some Saturday courses as well.

You can gain either a level 3 or a level 4 version – the content is exactly the same and everyone attends the same classes but you can choose slightly different assignments and your marks will determine which level you are awarded. Read more about the different levels.

There is a fair amount of work involved. The total word count for the theory assignment is around 3000 words which is broken down over seven different essay questions. These give you a good grounding in all the background knowledge you need. Find out more about the Ptlls assignments.

The practical element is the culmination of the course – a half hour “micro teach” where you deliver a session and prepare all the background work such as a course schedule of work and lesson plan.

Ptlls is a fantastic course whether you want to get in to teaching, improve your skills or progress on to further study.

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