What is the Level 3 Award in Education and Training?
The Level 3 Award in Education and Training, or AET, demonstrates that you have completed and passed the necessary introductory training on teaching. The award is for those who would like to teach or train in post-16 education, or for those who already do but would like a formal qualification. The AET Training Course aims to lay the foundation of how to be an effective teacher or trainer in a classroom setting by considering the learner's experience. Some of the areas include, outlining the responsibilities of a teacher, learning methods, session planning and session delivery. The Level 3 Award in Education and Training is valid indefinitely and is issued by your awarding body upon successful completion of assessments.
Note on old qualification name
The Award in Education qualification was formally known as Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector or PTLLS. It was revised in 2013 and is now known as the Level 3 Award in Education and Training.
Do I need a Level 3 Award in Education and Training?
To apply for most teaching roles in post-16 education, the Level 3 Award in Education and Training is a minimum requirement. While it is not legally required, it is highly desirable, as it shows employers and organisations that you have received and passed basic training. As a learner, it will give you an understanding of what it takes to be an effective and engaging teacher.
To be eligible for the Level 3 Award in Education and Training you need to be over 19 years old and have completed the AET Training Course.
In order to attend the course, you are expected to have core literacy and numeracy skills (i.e. English and Maths), as well as access to a computer with an internet connection to enable you to submit coursework.
How to apply for the Level 3 Award in Education and Training
To obtain the Level 3 Award in Education and Training, you first need to attend the AET Training Course and then successfully complete the assessement.
Attend the AET Training Course
The training course runs for 3 days. On the final day, you will be expected to present a 15 minutes "Micro Teach" which will be recorded and form part of your assessment.
Pass Written Assessments
There are 3 written assessments which will cover units from the course. You will be required to write around 1000 words for each assignemnt and submit your course work using a computer. You will be given guidance and support during your 3-day training course.
Training Course for Level 3 Award in Education and Training
As part of getting the Level 3 Award in Education and Training, you will need to attend the 3-day training course. You are expected to have strong numeracy and literacy skills, as well as access to a computer in order to submit assessed coursework.
The AET Training Course introduces individuals to the basic principles of teaching and aims to make them more confident as teachers. It also encourages teachers to be more engaging by responding to the needs of the learner.
The course is made up of 3 units:
- Unit A: understanding roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training, including inclusive teaching and learning approaches in education and training
- Unit B: facilitate learning and development for individuals and groups
- Unit C: understanding assessment in education and training, including principles and practices of assessment
The course is assessed by a practical exam and 3 pieces of coursework.
- Practical assessment: you will be required to conduct a 15 minute classroom session on the 3rd and last day of the AET Training Course. This is called "Micro Teach" and will be recorded for assessment purposes. Planning and preparation will be covered as part of the course. Upon completion, you will be receive useful feedback from your trainer.
- Written assessments: there are 3 written assessments - one for each unit (see above). You will be required to submit around 1000 words on each unit. Further guidance will be provided during your course by your trainer.
Cost of Level 3 Award in Education and Training
The Level 3 Award in Education and Training comes as part of the AET Training Course. This means that there should be no additional cost to obtain the qualification.
Note on assessment costs
Sometimes assessment costs are not included in the quoted fee for the AET Training Course. Check if your assessment is included before booking to avoid any surprises!
Level 3 Award in Education and Training Renewal
There is no need to renew your Level 3 Award in Education and Training, as it is valid indefinitely. Holders usually consider further development by extending their existing teaching qualifications and gaining higher levels.
To receive the Level 3 Award in Education and Training, you need to attend the Training Course and successfully complete the assessment.
It does not cost anything additional to receive your Award in Education and Training, as it is already factored in the cost of your AET Training Course. Make sure you check that the assessment cost is part of the course fee.
You do not need to renew your Level 3 qualification because it is valid indefinitely.
To be eligible for the Award in Education and Training, you need to be at over the age of 19 and have successfully completed the AET Training Course and assessment. You will be expected to have strong numeracy and literacy skills, as well as access to a computer with internet (so that you can submit your course work/assessment).
The Training Course for the Award in Education and Training lasts for 3 days and has 3 core units. These will cover: roles and responsibilities of a teacher, planning and the importance of assessments. The course is designed to increase your confidence as a teacher and make your teaching style more effective. On the final day of the course, you will be expected to conduct a 15 minute "Micro Teach" session. This will count towards your assessment and be recorded.
The AET Training Course is assessed by 3 written assignments and a 15 minute practical. The 3 written assignments need to each be around 1000 words and will cover the 3 core units (roles and responsibilities of a teacher, planning and the importance of assessments). You will be guided on the format during the course. Finally, for the practical assessment, you are required to conduct a 15 minute lesson ("Micro Teach") in front of your trainer and class. You will have an opportunity to complete this on the third and last day.
The AET Qualification is not a legal requirement, but most organisations and employers only hire individuals who have this award. Therefore, if you are interested in teaching within the post-16 sector, it is highly recommend. Moreover, the Training Course for this qualification will teach you valuable skills and increase your effectiveness.
The theory or classroom part of the course can be completed via e-learning. However, candidates will not get a chance to engage with the trainer and learn by example. Furthermore, as part of the practical assessment, the candidate will be required to present a 15 minute lesson in person.
If you are looking to take part as a teacher in the post-16 sector, the AET Qualification can significantly boost your employment opportunities.