Award In Education & Training

Accredited course - interview required.

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 390 Conc £202 Full £768

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Saturday 10:00 - 15:30 11 MAC 21/09/2019 14/12/2019 TD1000
Thursday 18:00 - 21:00 22 MAC 16/01/2020 09/07/2020 TD2000

What will the course cover?

The course will cover the key skills and knowledge you need to get started on a career teaching adults in Post-16 adult education. The Level 3 Awards are an introduction to teaching that will provide an insight into the roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training. The qualification provides an introduction on how to plan and deliver inclusive teaching/training sessions and how to assess and record decisions. The Level 3 Award in Education and Training is a knowledge-based introduction to teaching and/or training which has no teaching practice requirement. The qualification covers the knowledge and skills required by teachers/trainers in the further education and training skills sector.

Who is the course for?

Teachers in the Lifelong Learning Sector i.e. adult and community education, work-based learning and the voluntary sector, provided they are qualified / experienced in the subject they intend to teach. (the decision as to what constitutes appropriate entry qualifications / experience is at the discretion of the centre); Technicians and support staff in further and adult education; Training personnel in commerce, industry, the public sector, the uniformed services or HM Forces. This qualification is pre-service or in-service and is aimed at candidates who: would like or require an introduction to teaching / training / tutoring in the Lifelong Learning Sector; are seeking career progression within their area of work; or those who may not currently be teaching, therefore are unable to follow the related higher level teaching qualifications programme.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

To gain entry to this course, you must complete an application form, attend an interview and complete a skills assessment. You must provide evidence of literacy and numeracy skills at level 2, and qualifications and/or substantial experience in the subjects to be taught. No previous experience in teaching adults is necessary; however candidates should be able to demonstrate a commitment to teaching in further, adult or community education. You will also require an appropriate level of IT skills (MS Word, email, internet search etc.) and access to a computer and the internet to successfully complete this course.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

You should be able to adopt an integrated approach to the theory and practice of teaching / training and tutoring; reflect on your own previous / current levels of experience, practice and skills, and areas for development; identify principles of learning, teaching, assessment and evaluation; develop communication and inter-personal skills; develop an awareness of your professional role and responsibilities.

How is the course organised?

The course will consist of 3.5 guided learning hours per week for 16 weeks (one semester). There are various start dates throughout the year. There is also a micro teaching session of 30 minutes minimum per candidate. The micro teaching sessions take place at the end of the course, generally two full day sessions (depending on class size), which you must attend to gain the qualification.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

To gain the maximum benefit, you should read recommended books and websites, and review the topics covered during the class each week. You should research unit topics, and work on sections of your assignments after each class session. Computer access is available at Study Support sessions at Macbeth centre. Candidates will be expected to undertake additional study in their own time and complete assignments, including weekly Learning Journals. Also, see above for micro teaching information.

How will my progress be assessed?

Portfolio, Feedback and Marked assignments including ongoing self-assessment (Learning Journal). The qualification will be assessed by a combination of written assignments and microteaching.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

Upon completion learners may progress into employment as teachers/trainers. Learners will also gain the skills and knowledge required to progress to the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training, as well as to the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training, the Learning and Development qualifications or the Assessment and Quality Assurance qualifications. Learners may also take complementary qualifications such as a Coaching or Mentoring qualification.

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

Notepad and pen for notes, a ringbinder (for your handouts/research/notes), and materials for assignments. Books from reading list: It is recommended you purchase Anne Gravells’ The Award in Education and Training (2013 edition ISBN 1446274357) or Passing Assessments for the Award in Education & Training (2013 edition ISBN 9781446274378) as your core textbook, and if possible the latest version of Geoff Petty’s Teaching Today (2009 Edition ISBN 1408504154) as a supplementary text.

What support is available?

There will be tutorials for each student per term. Relevant books and periodicals are available from the Library Service. You may wish to get additional help and guidance offered through the free Study Support Sessions at the Macbeth Centre. At these sessions you can access the internet, work on and print homework and assignments for your course, research, access a range of software, improve your typing and practice/review what you have covered in class. You will need to book a place on these sessions – ask your tutor how. Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. If you have a disability and feel you need support to get the best from your course you can contact Sean Buckley ( to have a confidential discussion on how best we can support your learning. The Learner Support Fund is a discretionary scheme, funded by the Skills Funding Agency, to assist learners who may be experiencing difficulties in paying for essential equipment/materials, travel costs, childcare, registration fees and other necessary expenses. These funds are only available to learners studying towards an approved qualification and who are on a low household income of under £20,000. Parental income will not be taken into consideration but the income of any spouse or partner will. Proof of low income will be required. Please discuss this with your tutor at interview or enquire at reception for full details of these funds. Details of all available support can be found on our website (, in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or reception staff.