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NOTE: Existing Northampton College staff have alternative application arrangements and are not required to complete the web form. Please speak with your manager to fill out a staff development form if you are interested in applying for this course.

Registration and course fees total to pay: £498

This introductory qualification is the first step towards becoming a qualified teacher or trainer in the Learning and Skills Sector. It is recognised and valued nationally by employers and so if you want to go into teaching or training, it is an excellent qualification to hold.

The course is delivered through practical activities, discussions, presentations and reflective practice, all applied to practical teaching or training. The Award replaced the established 'PTLLS' qualification.

  • What will I study?

    The units you will study are likely to include:

    • Student needs
    • Reflective practice
    • Roles and responsibilities of teachers
    • Session planning
    • Inclusive learning and support for students
    • Teaching and learning approaches
    • Assessment methods

    All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

  • Who is this course for?

    This course is ideal for you if you have just started in a teaching, training or tutoring role or if you have an interest in teaching in the future and wish to gain a Level 3 qualification.

  • How is the course assessed?

    You are required to complete both theory and practical assignments and this includes delivering a thirty minute teaching session to your fellow students. All elements of the assessments must be passed, in order to complete the qualification.

  • General info

    If you have any further questions about the course, please contact

    If your employer would like to sponsor your place on the course, please make us aware during the application process.

  • Progression and Career Opportunities

    Following this course you could progress to a Diploma or Certificate in Education and Training, if you have an appropriate teaching or training role and appropriate subject specialist, English and maths qualifications. The Level 5 Diploma is the nationally-recognised full qualification for teaching in the Learning and Skills sector and the Level 4 Certificate is the nationally-recognised full qualification for trainers.

  • Entry Requirements for new students

    You must show the ability to work at Level 3 in the assignments and this will be assessed during the advice and guidance session.

    You do not have to be teaching or training during the course but should be aware that if you wish to develop a teaching or training career, you are likely to need an appropriate qualification at Level 3 or above and/or experience in the subject you wish to deliver, for any future teaching or training positions. There may also be a requirement for Level 2 maths and English qualifications for the next qualification.

  • Admissions Process

    You will be required to attend a short advice and guidance session so that we can assess the aim of your application and make sure the course is right for you. You may be given a short assessment so that we can ensure that you will be able to cope with the academic level of study required.