Qualifications for teachers


This page covers:

  • Qualifications for teachers in the FE and training sector
  • Support for the qualifications
  • L3 Award in Education and Training (AET)
  • L4 Certificate in Education and Training (CET)
  • L5 Diploma in Education and Training (DET)
  • L3 Assessment*
  • L4 Quality Assurance* (internal and external)

* These units form part of the Training, Assessment and Quality Assurance qualifications known as TAQA.


Qualifications for teachers in the further education (FE) and training sector

It is up to employers to decide the teaching qualifications they require their staff to hold (in England). However, some UK nations and international countries do have formal requirements for their teachers to hold a particular qualification at a certain level. If you teach and/or assess an accredited qualification, there might be requirements as to what qualifications (teaching and subject specific) and/or experience you should have. This is usually stated in the awarding organisation's qualification (AO) specification, which you should be able to access via their website, providing you know who your AO is. If you don't know, the centre you work for will be able to tell you.

The details on this page will briefly explain the qualifications listed in the above bullet points.


***** News *****

Surveys took place during February/March 2019 regarding the Education and Training

and Assessment and Quality Assurance (TAQA) qualifications.

There might be a 'light touch' change to the content which will be ready for implementation in September 2020.

Support for the qualifications

  • Reading lists for the qualifications can be found by clicking here.
  • Resources to support teachers and learners of the qualifications can be found by clicking here.
  • Any developments regarding changes to the qualifications will be posted on the Education and Training Foundation's Education and Training webpage, and Assessor and Quality Assurance webpage.
  • You can read an article by me regarding what qualifications practitioners should hold by clicking here.
  • Online CPD modules are available to support the qualifications by clicking here.

You can find out the differences between the AET and PTLLS, the CET and CTLLS, and the DET and DTLLS by clicking here.

Resources to help practitioners achieve the qualification units are available to purchase with immediate download upon checkout. They are listed on this page after each qualification's details.


Level 3 Award in Education and Training (AET) 

The Award is for anyone new to teaching or who would like to take an introductory qualification to find out what it's like to teach. It can be achieved by taking certain topics, known as units:

  • Understanding roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training (level 3, 3 credits)  
  • Understanding and using inclusive approaches in education and training (level 3, 6 credits)  
  • Understanding assessment in education and training (level 3, 3 credits). 

Everyone must take the first unit of Understanding roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training which is classed as a mandatory unit. However, it is possible to achieve part of the Award by taking units from the Learning and Development qualification. These units are known as accepted equivalents, but they are only for those who are currently in a teaching and assessing role with learners of their own.

For example, you could substitute the unit Understanding and using inclusive approaches in education and training with one of the following units from the Learning and Development qualification:

  • Facilitate learning and development for individuals (level 3, 6 credits) OR 
  • Facilitate learning and development in groups (level 3, 6 credits).  

You could also substitute the unit Understanding assessment in education and training with the following unit from the Learning and Development qualification: 

  • Understanding the principles and practices of assessment (level 3, 3 credits).

If you wish to substitute any units, you will need to discuss this with the organisation you are taking the Award with, as they might only offer the three main units of the Award and not the Learning and Development units.

The two books pictured here are for the Award in Education and Training.

 

Support for the qualification:

  • Resources are available at this link.
  • ETF qualification guidance can be accessed at this link.
  • The unit content can be accessed at this link (however, the guidance in this document has been superseded by the above ETF guidance).
  • A reading list for the qualification can be found at this link
  • See a video about this qualification and supporting books by clicking here.

If you are working towards the qualification, the following guidance may help you complete each of the mandatory units. As soon as you checkout, you will receive a download link.


Award unit one - Guidance for completing the unit (£2.50)

2 pages listing example statements and evidence which could be produced to meet the three learning outcomes and nine assessment criteria of the unit Understanding roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training.


Award unit two - Guidance for completing the unit (£2.50)

3 pages listing example statements and evidence which could be produced to meet the five learning outcomes and fourteen assessment criteria for the unit Understanding and using inclusive teaching and learning approaches in education and training (includes the micro-teach session).


Award unit three - Guidance for completing the unit (£2.50)

2 pages listing example statements and evidence which could be produced to meet the four learning outcomes and twelve assessment criteria for the unit Understanding assessment in education and training.



Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training(CET)

This qualification is suitable for anyone who is currently in a teaching or training position. 

You must be able to teach for at least 30 hours and you will be observed for at least three hours during the course.

The Certificate is 36 credits, 21 credits are from mandatory units and 15 credits are from optional units.


There are five mandatory units:

  • Understanding roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training (3 credits, level 3)
  • Planning to meet the needs of learners in education and training (3 credits, level 4)
  • Delivering education and training (6 credits, level 4)
  • Assessing learners in education and training (6 credits, level 4)
  • Using resources for education and training (3 credits, level 4)
Optional units are available which you can choose to suit your job role. See this link for details: https://www.excellencegateway.org.uk/content/eg6503

Note: You do not have to start with the Award and then progress to the Certificate followed by the Diploma. You can go straight into the Certificate or the Diploma if you wish. 

You will need to demonstrate the minimum core.

The first mandatory unit of the Award is also the first mandatory unit of the Certificate.

The two books pictured here are for the Certificate in Education and Training.

 

Support for the qualification:

  • Resources are available at this link.
  • ETF qualification guidance can be accessed at this link.
  • The unit content can be accessed at this link (however, the guidance in this document has been superseded by the above ETF guidance). 
  • Optional units can be accessed at this link.
  • A reading list for the qualification can be found at this link.
  • See a video about books to support the qualification by clicking here.

If you are working towards the qualification, the following guidance may help you to complete each of the mandatory units. As soon as you checkout, you will receive a download link.


Certificate unit one - Guidance for completing the unit (£2.50)

2 pages listing example statements and evidence which could be produced to meet the three learning outcomes and nine assessment criteria of the unit Understanding roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training.


Certificate unit two - Guidance for completing the unit (£2.50)

4 pages listing example statements and evidence which could be produced to meet the four learning outcomes and twelve assessment criteria of the unit Planning to meet the needs of learners in education and training.


Certificate unit three - Guidance for completing the unit (£2.50)

4 pages listing example statements and evidence which could be produced to meet the five learning outcomes and twelve assessment criteria of the unit Delivering education and training.


Certificate unit four - Guidance for completing the unit (£2.50)

4 pages listing example statements and evidence which could be produced to meet the four learning outcomes and fourteen assessment criteria of the unit Assessing learners in education and training.


Certificate unit five - Guidance for completing the unit (£2.50)

4 pages listing example statements and evidence which could be produced to meet the three learning outcomes and seven assessment criteria which make up the unit Using resources for education and training.



Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (DET)

The content of the Diploma is similar to the Certificate in Education/PGCE and usually takes two years to complete (part-time). The PGCE version can be achieved at a higher level and is for anyone who has a degree.

The Diploma is 120 credits, 75 credits are from mandatory units and 45 credits are from optional units.

You must be able to teach for at least 100 hours and you will be observed for at least eight hours during the course.


There are four mandatory units:

  • Teaching, learning and assessment in education and training (20 credits level 4)
  • Developing teaching, learning and assessment in education and training (20 credits level 5)
  • Theories, principles and models in education and training (20 credits level 5)
  • Wider professional practice and development in education and training (15 credits level 
  • 5)
Optional units are available which you can choose to suit your job role. See this link for details: https://www.excellencegateway.org.uk/content/eg6503

Note:

You do not have to start with the Award and then progress to the Certificate followed by the Diploma. You can go straight into the Certificate or the Diploma if you wish. The first mandatory unit of the Award is also the first mandatory unit of the Certificate.

The four mandatory units of the Certificate at level 4 can be accepted in place of the Teaching, Learning and Assessment unit in the Diploma. Twenty hours of teaching practice and two observations can also be accepted.

You will need to demonstrate the minimum core.


Level 5 Specialist Diploma in Education and Training

This qualification is for anyone who teaches English literacy, ESOL, Numeracy, or who teaches disabled learners.

It is 120 credits, 75 are mandatory credits (at level 4 and 5), and 45 are optional credits at level 5.

You must be able to teach for at least 100 hours (50 in the specialist area), and you will be observed for at least 8 hours (4 in the specialised area) during the course.


Certificate in Education (Cert Ed Level 5), Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Level 6) and Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE Level 7)

These qualifications (if taken at level 5 or above) are an alternative to the Diploma in Education and Training (DET). The content is very similar but they might be assessed in a different way. The PGCE can be taken by anyone who holds a degree. They are usually taken via a university, whereas the DET is often taken at a college or a training organisation.


Support for the DET qualification:

  • ETF qualification guidance for can be accessed at this link.
  • The unit content can be accessed at this link (however, the guidance in this document has been superseded by the above ETF guidance).
  • Optional units can be accessed at this link.
  • A reading lists for the qualification can be found at this link.
  • See a video about this qualification by clicking here.
  • I have not produced resources for the Level 5 Diploma but I recommend the following books:


    Level 3 Assessment

    The assessment units form part of the Learning and Development qualifications and as a whole they are known as TAQA: Training, Assessment and Quality Assurance

    Some awarding organisations use the term TAQA just to denote the assessment units, however, the assessment units are part of a full suite of qualifications. The qualifications are based on the National Occupational Standards for Learning and Development (NOS).


    The assessor qualifications contain three units at level 3, the first is knowledge based and the other two are performance based. 

    The units can be achieved in any order and each has a credit value. Some assessment units can be used towards the teaching qualifications (above), however, rules apply regarding the credits and levels.

    Unit 1 will lead to the Award in Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment. This is a theory unit only. 

    Units 1 and 2 will lead to the Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment (ACWE)

     

    Units 1 and 3 will lead to the Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement (AVRA).

    Units 1, 2 and 3 will lead to the Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA).

    Unit 1.   Understanding the principles and practices of assessment (3 credits).  

    This is a knowledge based unit for new and existing assessors or anyone who wishes to know about the theory of assessment. You do not need to carry out any assessment activities.

    This unit can be taken instead of the Award in Education and Training unit: Understanding assessment in education and training.

    Unit 2.   Assess occupational competence in the work environment (6 credits).

    This is a performance unit for anyone who assesses in the work environment using methods such as observations, questions and examining products of work. This unit is also a level 3 optional unit in the Certificate in Education and Training.

    Unit 3.    Assess vocational skills, knowledge and understanding (6 credits). 

    This is a performance unit for anyone who assesses using methods such as assignments, projects, simulations and tests. This unit is also a level 3 optional unit in the Certificate in Education and Training. 


    Support for the qualification:

    • Resources are available at this link. 
    • Online courses covering the content of the units are available at this link.
    • Qualification guidance and unit content can be accessed at this link.
    • A reading list for the qualifications can be found at this link.   

    If you are working towards the qualification, the following guidance may help you to complete each of the units. As soon as you checkout, you will receive a download link.


    Assessment unit one - Guidance for completing the unit (£4.50)

    12 pages (approx 2800 words) giving example statements to meet the assessment criteria for the unit Understanding the principles and practices of assessment. Please note this is a guide only and is not to be used for any formal assignment submission.


    Assessment unit two - Guidance for completing the unit (£4.50)

    7 pages listing example evidence which could be produced to meet the assessment criteria for the unit Assess occupational competence in the work environment.


    Assessment unit three - Guidance for completing the unit (£4.50)

    7 pages listing example evidence which could be produced to meet the unit Assess vocational skills, knowledge and understanding.



    Level 4 Quality Assurance

    The internal and external quality assurance units form part of the Learning and Development qualifications and as a whole they are known as TAQA – Training, Assessment and Quality Assurance

    Some awarding organisations use the term TAQA to denote just the quality assurance units, however, the quality assurance units are part of a full suite of qualifications. The qualifications are based on the National  Occupational Standards for  Learning and Development (NOS).

    Some quality assurance units can be used towards the teaching qualifications (above), however, rules apply regarding the credits and levels.


    Internal quality assurance (IQA)

    (please scroll down for the EQA units)

    There are three units at level 4, the first is knowledge based and the other two are performance based. 

    As the first unit is purely knowledge based, it can be taken prior to, or at the same time as the performance unit/s. It is ideal for anyone wanting to know what it’s like to be an internal quality assurer but does not yet have anything to quality assure.  

    The units can be achieved in any order and each has a credit value.

     

    Most internal quality assurers only need units 1 and 2.

    Unit 3 is for those who are responsible for a team of quality assurers (whether internal or external).

    Unit 1 will lead to the Award in Understanding the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice. This is a theory unit only.

    Units 1 and 2 will lead to the Award in the internal quality assurance of assessment processes and practice.

    Units 1, 2 and 3 will lead to the Certificate in leading the internal quality assurance of assessment processes and practice. 

    Unit 1.   Understanding the principles and practices of internally assuring the quality of assessment (6 credits).

    This is a knowledge based unit for new and existing internal quality assurers or anyone who wishes to know about the theory of internal quality assurance. You do not need to carry out any internal quality assurance activities with assessors to achieve this unit. This unit is also available as an optional unit in the Certificate and Diploma (at level 4). 

    Unit 2.   Internally assure the quality of assessment (6 credits).

    This is a performance unit for anyone who internally quality assures the work of assessors. For example, observing practice, sampling judgments and decisions, supporting and advising assessors. It can be achieved in any environment by internally quality assuring qualifications, programmes of learning or workplace competence. This unit is also available as an optional unit in the Certificate and Diploma (at level 4).

    Unit 3.   Plan, allocate and monitor work in own area of responsibility (5 credits).

    This is a performance unit for anyone who leads the internal quality assurance process within an organisation. The role will include having a responsibility for managing the quality and performance of assessors and/or other internal quality assurers. Developing systems and liaising with external quality assurers might also be part of this role. 


    Support for the qualification:

    • Resources are available at this link.
    • Online courses covering the content of the units are available at this link.
    • Qualification guidance and unit content can be found at this link.
    • A reading list for the qualifications can be found at this link.

    If you are working towards the qualification, the following guidance may help you to complete each of the units. As soon as you checkout, you will receive a download link.


    IQA unit one - Guidance for completing the unit (£4.50)

    8 pages (approx 1600 words) giving example statements to meet the assessment criteria for the unit Understanding the principles and practices of internally assuring the quality of assessment. Please note this is a guide only and is not to be used for any formal assignment submission.


    IQA unit two - Guidance for completing the unit (£4.50)

    7 pages listing example evidence which could be produced to meet the assessment criteria for the unit Internally assure the quality of assessment.


    IQA unit three - Guidance for completing the unit (£4.50)

    5 pages listing example statements to meet the assessment criteria for the unit Plan, allocate and monitor work in own area of responsibility.



    External quality assurance (EQA)

    There are three units at level 4, the first is knowledge based and the other two are performance based. 

    As the first unit is purely knowledge based, it can be taken prior to, or at the same time as the performance unit/s. It is ideal for anyone wanting to know what it’s like to be an external quality assurer. The units can be achieved in any order and each has a credit value.

    Most external quality assurers only need units 1 and 2.

    Unit 3 is for those who are responsible for a team of quality assurers (whether internal or external).

    Unit 1 will lead to the Award in Understanding the External Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice. This is a theory unit only.

    Units 1 and 2 will lead to the Award in External quality assurance of assessment processes and practices.

    Units 1, 2 and 3 will lead to the Certificate in leading the external quality assurance of assessment.

    Unit 1.   Understanding the principles and practices of externally assuring the quality of assessment (6 credits) 

    This is a knowledge based unit for new and existing external quality assurers or anyone who wishes to know about the theory of external quality assurance. You do not need to carry out any external quality assurance activities to achieve this unit. This unit is also available as an optional unit in the Certificate and Diploma (at level 4).

    Unit 2.   Externally assure the quality of assessment (6 credits) 

    This is a performance unit for anyone who externally quality assures the work of assessors and internal quality assurers. For example, observing their practice, sampling their judgements and decisions, giving support and advice. It can only be achieved by practising external quality assurers who are working for an awarding organisation.

    Unit 3.   Plan, allocate and monitor work in own area of responsibility (5 credits) 

    This unit has the same content as the one which can be taken by internal quality assurers. It is a performance unit for anyone who manages and leads the external quality assurance process within an awarding organisation, for example, co-ordinating the work of other external quality assurers. Developing systems, policies and liaising with awarding organisation personnel might also be part of this role.


    Support for the qualification:


    If you are working towards the qualification, the following guidance may help you to complete each of the units. As soon as you checkout, you will receive a download link.


    EQA unit one - Guidance for completing the unit (£4.50)

    10 pages (approx 1850 words) giving example statements to meet the assessment criteria for the unit Understanding the principles and practices of externally assuring the quality of assessment. Please note this is a guide only and is not to be used for any formal assignment submission.


    EQA unit two - Guidance for completing the unit (£4.50)

    7 pages listing example evidence which could be produced to meet the assessment criteria for the unit Externally assure the quality of assessment.


    EQA unit three - Guidance for completing the unit (£4.50)

    5 pages listing example statements to meet the assessment criteria for the unit Plan, allocate and monitor work in own area of responsibility.


    More resources are available,

    click here for details.