City and Guilds 6502-31 Award in Education and Training - Level 3
This course is for people aged 19 or over
Faculty of Teacher Education
Level Location Start Date End Date Day Time Fee Reduced Ask Apply
Level 3 Hele Road Centre See below Various Various (12 weeks) Morning or Evening Sessions £399 None

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

The course is delivered by taught sessions, group activities, research and micro-teaching. You will be assessed on your practical skills and a portfolio of work built up throughout the course.

This is a Level 3 programme for those who wish to undertake teaching or training in post-16 education or work based learning. It is the threshold qualification for teachers in the sector.

This Award is a 12 week course, studying 2.5 hours per week.

We offer two courses which are likely to be:

  • Afternoon course starting Wednesday 19th September 2018 (1:30pm - 4:00pm) 
  • Evening course starting Wednesday 19th September 2018 (6:00pm - 8:30pm)

and:

  • Afternoon course starting Wednesday 16th January 2019 (1.30pm - 4:00pm)
  • Evening course starting Wednesday 16th January 2019 (6:00pm - 8:30pm)

and:

  • Afternoon course starting Tuesday 12th March 2019 (1.30pm - 4:00pm)
  • Evening course starting Tuesday 12th March 2019 (6:00pm - 8:30pm)

It can be very difficult to negotiate the correct teaching qualification when you are trying to change career or are interested in passing on your skills in a teaching or training role. All organisations in the Lifelong Learning Sector (FE colleges, training providers, Basic Skills provision etc) require an Award in Education and Training in the first year of teaching. If you are keen to become a teacher you can: 

  • Do an Award in Education and Training Level 3 course and use it to help you find a teaching job. 
  • Find a teaching job and do the Award in Education and Training and some further teaching qualifications. 
  • Do a full time PGCE/Certificate in Education (you can do this at Exeter College if you are interested in 16+ education). 
  • If you would like further information or need to clarify your options please email teachereducation@exe-coll.ac.uk or call 01392 400613 and we will respond to your queries. 

Please note: If you want to teach in primary or secondary schools, Exeter College does not offer this type of PGCE course. However, our full time PGCE does offer the opportunity to teach 16 + learners.

What topics will I study?

You will be studying four key assignments:

  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Understanding inclusive learning
  • Using inclusive learning
  • Principles of assessment

The overall learning will include:

  • Knowledge of relevant principles, and where appropriate theories, that apply in this field
  • Evidence of appropriate reading relating to principles, theories and practice
  • Consideration of how professional values impact on working in this area
  • Evidence of reflective approach

What are the entry requirements?

Candidates must consider a subject for delivery (i.e. what you will teach) and be aiming to achieve a qualification for their subject/skill. Candidates will also need to be able to organise written information clearly and coherently. It is expected that all teacher education participants will have a Level 2 (GCSE A* to C) in literacy and numeracy. Second language learners who have gained their qualifications outside the UK will be expected to hold a Cambridge Proficiency in English (A to C).

This award is aimed at candidiates who:

  • would like or require an introduction to delivering teaching/training
  • require an Award in Education and Training qualification as a basic requirement for teaching in the post-compulsory and voluntary sectors

What facilities are there?

You will have access to a Learning Resource Centre. There is a refectory in the Hele Building.

What can the course lead on to?

You could progress on to teaching in a range of settings in further education or the wider community. You can also progress onto further qualifications e.g. CTLLS, DTLLS, Cert Ed or PGCE depending on your role.

Are there any additional costs?

You may wish to purchase ‘Achieving your PTLLS Award: A practical Guide to Successful Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector’ by Mary Francis and Jim Gould. Current retail price: £18.99.

What do our students think?

I completed the PTLLS course by attending the evening classes at Exeter College, the course was both informative and inspiring. The teaching had a great emphasise on active learning and made each session interesting and gave me a sense of taking ownership of my learning.
The teaching was inspiring, with the tutors being great role models displaying how teaching should be done to a high standard.
I was given solid support from my tutor with SMART targets that meant i was able to prioritise my learning and keep on top of the assignments asked of me. This first step into teaching and fantastic experience has given me the confidence to move forward in the life long learning sector and i am now in the 2nd year of my Cert Ed at Exeter College."


It is important that you apply and pay for your course at least one week before the course starts to ensure that you will have access to all the facilities and resources in your first week.
Please be aware that there are no car parking facilities at Exeter College city centre sites, but public car parks are available across the city.

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