With this online course you start to build the knowledge and skills needed to teach or train adults in a professional and confident manner.
The ability to help people learn is valuable and rewarding, and it’s not just needed in formal education. Your role at work may include teaching colleagues or you may have particular experiences or abilities that you want to teach to others, perhaps at a sports club, voluntary or community group, training centre or college.
By successfully completing all the course assignments and the microteach, you will gain the Level 3 Award in Education and Training as recognition of your skills. This is an up-to-date award that replaces the Level 3 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (known as PTLLS).
What and how you’ll learn with NEC
Our comprehensive learning materials are made up of four sections which you’ll complete over about four months.
You’ll explore how adults learn and what stops them from learning. You’ll look at your role and responsibilities as a teacher or trainer, how to make sure you have good working relationships with learners and the host organisation. You’ll learn how to plan and structure a training session that engages people and helps them learn and how to assess what learners have achieved.
The course is practical; it asks you to reflect on your own experiences of learning and teaching, consider good practice and try out ideas in activities. At the end of each section there is an assignment, which you complete and submit to your tutor.
These 4 assignments form the assessment for the qualification. At the end of the course, for the final assignment, you put what you’ve learned into practice and do a short (15 minutes) teaching session to a group made up of other learners and your tutor.
You can learn more about what it’s involved in studying this course by watching this video (11:03) where the lead tutor discusses the course with a former student and someone thinking of enrolling on it.
Course developed by experts
Heading a team of experienced writers and developers, Teresa Weston, the lead tutor on the course and director of Mira Training Solutions, is a specialist in teacher/trainer and assessor training and an assessor for Training Qualifications UK, the awarding body.
Course fee payment plan
You can pay for your course in full or by instalments. See ‘Course info – How to enrol’ in the tabs below for more details.
You will need to be at least 19 years of age and have a good command of basic English. You will need to hold a relevant vocational or academic qualification of at least the level above that of the learners you plan to teach for, and ideally a minimum of a level 3 qualification in your chosen area of specialism. You will need to attend a microteach session in Cambridge, or be able to work with a qualified assessor and have video recording capabilities. This is an online course so you will also need access to the internet.
Hours of study
As a guideline, you should allow for between 48 and 61 hours' study time, plus additional time for completing assignments. You will have tutor support for a period of up to 4 months from the date of enrolment.
Exams and assessment
You will create a portfolio of evidence using different formats including learning plans, observation, evaluation, and a microteach session or a practical observation by video.
This course is entirely self-contained so no additional textbooks are required. However, you may find it helpful to purchase the following book for additional reading: “Achieving Your Award in Education and Training: A Practical Guide to Successful Teaching in the Further Education and Skills Sector" by M Francis and J Gould, SAGE Publications Ltd, Third Edition (12 August 2014). This is not included in your course fee.
Your course is delivered online through learn@nec, so it’s important that you have access to a computer and the internet. We recommend that your computer is using one of the following operating systems and browsers to improve your experience of using learn@nec:
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How to enrol
How to enrol
For this course there are two ways to enrol with NEC:
- Telephone us on 0800 389 2839 or +44(0)1223 400200 and speak to our course advice team
- Ask us to send you an enrolment form which you can complete and return by post.
You will also need to complete a pre-enrolment declaration form, which can be downloaded by clicking here.
How can you pay?
It’s your choice: you can pay in full at the point of enrolment, or spread the cost with our finance offer. To pay in instalments, you will need to enrol by telephone.
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The National Extension College (NEC) is the trading name of the Open School Trust, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (register number 676788). Finance is provided through the Deko platform by a number of lenders. You will be offered the best rate available based on your credit history and the lenders’ credit decision policies.
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Section 1: Roles, responsibilities and relationships
- The process of teaching and learning
- Boundaries of the professional role
- Promoting inclusion
- Identifying the needs of learners
- Legal responsibilities and record keeping
Section 2: Assessment in education and training
- What is assessment?
- Types of assessment
- Methods of assessment and record keeping
- Assessment criteria and giving feedback
Section 3: Inclusive teaching and learning
- Overcoming barriers to learning
- Learning styles
- Embedding functional skills
- Creating an inclusive and motivating environment
- Selecting teaching methods and resources
Section 4: Planning and preparation
- Preparing for the microteach