What's covered?

The new Education and Training qualifications replace the previous initial teacher training qualifications, often referred to as 'PTLLS', 'CTLLS' and 'DTLLS' for those teaching in the lifelong learning sector. These qualifications are for trainees who already work, or want to work as teachers or trainers in the further education and skills sector.

The Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training is a first stage teaching qualification which has a teaching/training practice requirement. It is an 'in service' qualification designed for those working or wishing to work as teachers/trainers in England. It may be possible for pre-service teachers/trainers (defined as those who are not formally contracted as teachers/trainers) to also complete this qualification. However all trainees, whether pre-service or in-service must have access to at least 30 hours of teaching agreed prior to gaining a place on the course. This teaching can be on a paid or voluntary basis.

Trainees who successfully complete this qualification will have a fundamental understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a teacher/trainer in relation to legislation, equality, diversity, inclusivity and meeting the needs of learners. They will be able to use initial and diagnostic assessments and plan and deliver inclusive teaching and learning. They will also be able to assess learning and use appropriate resources to support effective learning.

What do you need?

To be educated to at least Level 3 in the subject you wish to teach. (Please note that employers usually require those teaching Level 3 (e.g. A level courses) or above to have a degree in the subject they will be teaching).
Level 2 English Level 2 Maths (or be working towards this if Maths is not your specialist subject) No prior teaching experience required A guaranteed minimum of 30 hours teaching (paid or voluntary) over the duration of the course.

How you are assessed

Through written assignments and observations of you teaching in your workplace carried out by the teacher training team. In addition to attending the taught sessions on a weekly basis, you will be required to attend individual tutorials with your trainer. You will also need to protect at least 5 hours of additional study time per week in order to successfully complete the course and achieve the qualification. You must be able to commit to attend the full 34 weeks of the course, and organise your time and assignment work to meet the course deadlines.

How Long?

34 weeks. We offer this course in the evening and the delivery will be classroom based.

What course next?

This qualification may be sufficient to suit your employers' needs and your own personal and professional development requirements. However, those who wish or need to should progress to the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training, at which level you might also specialise in teaching ESOL, Literacy, Numeracy or PLDD.

What could this lead to?

Your first paid teaching post if you do not already have one.

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