The QCF Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) and Award in Education and Training (AET) is an initial teacher training qualification, studied at QCF Level 3 or 4, for those new to teaching, or wanting to start out as associate teachers, or currently teaching in the United Kingdom and requiring certification or qualification, or to become full teachers in Further Education (FE) or in the Lifelong Learning sector of education.
The PTLLS / AET is currently the lowest of the teaching qualifications specifically for this sector of education, with others being the QCF Level 3/4 Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS) and the QCF Level 5 Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS) qualifications. Following successful completion of the PTLLS and upon achieving the qualification, an associate teacher would then have to take the more advanced CTLLS for the Certificate and after that the DTLLS for the Diploma.
To achieve the certification, the learner/associate teacher/trainer does not have to be in a teaching role in order to be assessed, making it a very achievable certification and a suitable starting point for anyone wanting to become an educator. Assessment is in the form of a ‘micro-teach’ session and submission of assignments and portfolio of evidence
The PTLLS is the first stage of a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) in Lifelong learning and is currently required prior to achieving the CTLLS and DTLLS to gain Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status. It is a requirement that all teachers obtain the PTLLS award, or the equivalent, to be able to continue to teach in the further education sector in the UK.
The PTLLS is in the process of being phased out along with the CTLLS and the DTLLS, and will eventually be replaced with the Award in Education and Training qualification at QCF Level 3, 4 and 5, respectively.
Who is this course for?
People who wish to work in the lifelong learning sector as a teacher, trainer or associate teacher or technician. This course will form part of the DTLLS (Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector). It may be taken as a separate course.
A Level 3 qualification and/or relevant experience in the subject you intend to teach.
Minimum Level 2 literacy and numeracy or equivalent (if you wish to take this course as part of DTLLS you must have a Level 3 qualification in the subject you intend to teach).
What will I study?
The role of the tutor and the interrelationships with other professionals
The characteristics and aspirations of the adult learner
Methods and resources used in adult classes
How will I be assessed?
Written assignments (4)
4 journals at the end of each assignment
Micro-teaching for 20 mins (self-evaluation, tutor observation and peer assessment)
What can I do after the course?
Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS) or Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS).
Start date: Any Monday
Course time: Times may change subject to demand
1- PTLLS / AET level 3-4: Tuesday 5 pm to 8 pm.
Class size: Max 15 (average class size 10)
Minimum age: 19
1- PTLLS / AET level 3-4: 2 months
1- PTLLS / AET level 3-4: £450