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Award in Education and Training (Level 3) (AET) (replaces PTLLS)

A teacher training course designed to help you with the many aspects of training/teaching and learning and/or to consolidate your existing experience, where appropriate.
“Really enjoyed it, learnt a lot”

This qualification can also be used for those new to teaching in Further or Adult Education in a variety of roles, who wish to ‘get into’ the many aspects of teaching and learning quickly and obtain a nationally recognised training qualification, before proceeding on to the Certificate or Diploma (often called a Certificate in Post Compulsory Education – (Cert Ed.) at a University). The course is designed for trainers who would like a recognised qualification for teaching / training adults (post 16 generally, but can go down to age 14).
“Extremely enjoyable, extremely knowledgeable”

In brief…

This course is suitable if you work or want to work as a teacher/trainer/tutor in Further Education Colleges, adult and community education, the voluntary sector, commerce, industry, the public sector or HM forces.

The AET Award is a mandatory minimum qualification for all those teaching in the Learning and Skills Sector and replaces the old PTLLS qualification.

Who is it for?

It is good practice and often an employer requirement for those wishing to enter teaching and training adults in England. The qualification is widely recognised as the standard for those beginning to teach in the non-regulated sector in England, as well as in other nations.
This qualification is suitable for individuals who:

  • are not in a teaching role, or who have just started a teaching role;
  • want a short qualification;
  • have the potential to study at this level, which has the same level of demand as that of study for A-levels;
  • want a qualification without a minimum teaching practice requirement;

may have already achieved some Learning and Development units that can be carried forward into this teaching qualification.

What courses can I do after this?

Learners who have completed this course will be awarded 3 credits towards the Diploma in Education and Training (DET).

To do this course you should have…  

City & Guilds does not set entry requirements for this qualification. This introductory, knowledge-based teaching qualification has no minimum teaching practice requirement. Therefore, it may be undertaken by individuals who are not in a teaching role.  However, learners need to have the potential and opportunity to achieve the qualification and there is a minimum requirement to take part in microteaching.

It is preferred that you have a minimum Level 3 qualification in your own area of specialism and hold a Level 2 qualification in English and Maths.

There are no requirements for teaching practice during this course.


Up to x5 = £375 + VAT per person (includes training, refreshments and course handouts).
6 plus = £340 + VAT per person (includes training, refreshments and course handouts).

Please note that this is a full cost course and is not eligible for funding or finance.

Course Content

During the course there is an expectation of the following:

  • Learners will have an initial assessment of literacy, numeracy and ICT
  • The City & Guilds Level 3 Award in Education and Training is a four day course + 30 hours self study
  • The learner will receive tutorial support throughout the course

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  1. adopt an integrated approach to the theory and practice of teaching/training and tutoring
  2. reflect on their own previous/current levels of experience, practice and skills, and areas for development
  3. identify principles of learning, teaching, assessment and evaluation
  4. develop communication and inter-personal skills
  5. develop an awareness of their professional role and responsibilities.

4 x workshops


Level 3

Qualification Name
Award in Education and Training AET Level 3

Awarding Body
City & Guilds

More about the course

For further details on how to apply please contact: