Teacher Training

A teacher comes in many forms.  You may be a facilitator, trainer, mentor, coach or tutor.  Teaching is a great way to help others gain skills in a particular industry, or help to support people to move in a new direction in their lives. There are lots of avenues through which you can teach: apprenticeships coaching, further education colleges, as a freelance trainer, or in secure settings, to name a few.

Why do a Teacher Training Qualification?
  1. To gain Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) accreditation: This is equivalent to a Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with the equivalent pay scale
  2. An organisational requirement: Some organisations require a teaching qualification as part of their quality assurance structure
  3. Develop skills: You may want to build on your current qualification or consolidate previous and current teaching experience.

Award in Education and Training (AET)

This qualification is the initial qualification for those entering further education teaching or training. To gain the Level 3 Award in Education and Training, a total of 12 credits must be achieved.

Entry requirements

  • You will need access to a 1-hour teaching session
  • Someone in the education profession to verify your teaching session
  • You need to be working with individuals 14+ years

It is also preferable to have a Level 2 (GCSE A-C) qualification in numeracy and literacy however it is not essential to complete the numeracy, literacy and ICT qualifications before starting the AET course.

Unit outline

There are 3 units to complete the qualification:

  1. Understanding roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training
    The purpose of this unit is to enable the learner to understand the role and responsibilities of a teacher in education and training and the relationship between different professionals in education and training.
  2. Understanding and using inclusive teaching and learning approaches in education and training
    This unit looks at teaching and learning strategies that facilitate the learning process
  3. Understanding assessment in education and training
    This unit will review a range of assessment types and their impact on learners.

Course structure

This is a flexible distance learning course that can be completed at a time to suit you. On enrolment, you are allocated a personal tutor who will be your support for the duration of the course.

The duration of the course is different for different people but takes an average of 1- 3 months. We work around you and your current commitments.

Your units are completed through workbooks which will be sent to you.

Is this course right for me?

This qualification is suitable for individuals who:

  • are currently teaching, either paid or voluntary, and want to have their experience and practice accredited.
  • are not currently teaching but able to complete the 1-hour observation
  • are working with individuals 14+

Certificate in Education and Training (CET)

This qualification develops practical teaching skills and, through the units, prepares teachers to work in a wide range of contexts. To be awarded the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training, a total of 36 credits must be achieved.

Entry requirements

  • There is a practical requirement for a minimum of 30 hours of teaching practice.
  • You need to be working with individuals 14+ years

Other requirements for the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training are that all trainee teachers completing the Level 4 qualification should hold, or work towards, a minimum of level 2 in Numeracy, Literacy and ICT. Level 2 is equivalent to GCSE A-C grade. It is not essential to complete the Numeracy, Literacy and ICT qualifications before starting the CET course.

Unit outline

There are 6 units to complete the qualification:

  1. Understanding roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training
    The purpose of this unit is to enable the learner to understand the role and responsibilities of a teacher in education and training and the relationship between different professionals in education and training.
  2. Planning to meet the needs of learners 
    The purpose of this unit is to enable the learner to agree individual learning goals and inclusive practice
  3. Delivering education and training
    The purpose of this unit is to enable the learner to use inclusive teaching and learning approaches, in accordance with internal processes and external requirements
  4. Assessing learners in education and training
    The purpose of this unit is to explore different types and methods of assessment
  5. Using resources in education and training
    The purpose of this unit is to enable the learner to use resources in the delivery of inclusive teaching and learning and to be able to evaluate that use.
  6. Teaching in a specialist area
    This unit aims to develop learners’ knowledge and skills in relation to teaching in a specialist area.

Course structure

This is a flexible, distance learning course that can be completed at a time to suit you. On enrolment, you are allocated a Personal Tutor, who will be your support for the duration of the course.

The duration of the course is different for different people but takes an average of 3 to six months. Your units are completed through workbooks which are sent to you to complete and return for feedback.

Is this course right for me?

This qualification is suitable for individuals who;

  • want a qualification which focuses on practical teaching
  • those who expect to be teaching on a regular basis
  • are currently teaching, either paid or voluntary, and want to have their experience and practice accredited
  • are not currently teaching but can meet the minimum teaching practice requirement of 30 hours
  • are able to undertake a qualification of medium size

Diploma in Education and Training (DET)

This qualification provides training for those individuals who aspire to, or hold, a teaching role with an extensive range of teaching or training responsibilities. To be awarded the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training, a total of 120 credits must be achieved.

Entry requirements

  • There is a practical requirement for a minimum of 100 hours of teaching practice.
  • You need to be working with individuals 14+ years

Other entry requirements for the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training are that all trainee teachers completing the qualification should hold, or work towards, a minim of a level 2 qualification in Numeracy, Literacy and ICT; or a level 3 if your chosen subject area is Numeracy, Literacy or ICT.

Unit outline

This qualification consists of 8 units.

  1. Teaching learning and assessment in education and training
    The purpose of the unit is to provide the learner with knowledge, understanding and skills relating to teaching, learning and assessment in education and training.
  2. Understanding and managing behaviours in a learning environment
    This unit aims to enable learners to manage behaviours in a learning environment.
  3. Specialist delivery techniques and activities
    This unit aims to enable the learner to explore the use of specialist delivery techniques in their own specialist vocational or subject area.
  4. Understanding the principles and practices of internally assuring the quality of assessment
    This unit give a guide on the process of internal quality assurance
  5. Theories, principles and models in education and training The purpose of this unit is to provide the learner with knowledge and understanding of theories, principles and models applied to education and training.
  6. Developing, using and organising resources in a specialist area
    This unit aims to enable learners to develop, use, and organise resources within a specialist subject, vocational or other area
  7. Teaching in a specialist area
    This unit aims to develop learners’ knowledge and skills in relation to teaching in a specialist area
  8. Developing teaching, learning and assessment in education and training
    The purpose of the unit is to provide the learner with knowledge, understanding and skills relating to developing teaching, learning and assessment in education and training

Course structure

As with all of our teaching courses, this is a distance learning course that can be completed at a time to suit you. On enrolment, you are allocated a Personal Tutor, who will be your support for the duration of the course.

The duration of the course is different for different people but takes an average of 6 to 18 months. Your units are completed through workbooks which are sent to you to complete and return for feedback.

Is this course right for me?

This qualification is suitable for individuals who:

  • want a qualification that embeds educational theory into practice
  • are currently teaching, either paid or voluntary
  • are able to undertake a qualification of medium size
  • have the potential to study at level 5, which has the same level of demand as the first year of an undergraduate degree
  • are willing to undertake an initial assessment of their skills in English, Mathematics and ICT; record their development needs, and follow an action plan to address them where necessary.

Compare Qualifications

Award in Education and Training (AET)

  1. Four Mandatory Units
  2. Introduces creating a safe environment, lesson planning and assessment
  3. A one-hour observation
  4. Suitable for introductory and/or voluntary posts

Certificate in Education and Training (CET)

  1. Six units in total
  2. How to meet the needs of learners and developing resources
  3. Three hours of observation
  4. Suitable for those teaching on a regular basis

Diploma in Education and Training (DET)

  1. Eight units in total with eight hours of observations*
  2. Explores learning theories and how they relate to practice
  3. View education in a wider context of policy and quality assurance
  4. Suitable for those in a teaching and/or curriculum leader role

*May be reduced if observations are completed with the CET or CTLLS courses.

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