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AET PTLLS Distance Learning

AET Training (Level 3 Award in Education and Training RQF) - PTLLS Course

The Level 3 Award in Education and Training (AET) has replaced both the Level 3 and 4 Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Sector (PTLLS) awards. This course is designed for candidates who are thinking of starting a teaching career or those who have limited access to teaching opportunities. You are not expected to be already teaching as the practical element of the course is assessed by a micro-teach session lasting at least an hour. The practical element can alternatively be assessed in the workplace instead of the micro teach if you work with individuals or a group of learners. Candidates thinking of becoming an NVQ Assessor can complete the assessor theory unit as part of this course.

You are usually expected to complete this course within 1 to 8 weeks depending on the mode of course delivery and the combination of units you choose. If you are thinking of completing the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training or the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training, there is no requirement for you to complete this course prior.

Vocational Learning encourages candidates to submit naturally occurring evidence from their work environment to demonstrate competency against the assessment criteria. We welcome other evidence such as prior learning and do not just rely on assignments. This can include schemes of work, assessment reports, course resources and communication records.The course has a 48 hours guided learning requirement which you have to meet by interacting with course staff. The total qualification time is 120 hours. You can download the course guide from here.

Course Structure of this new PTLLS Training

The Level 3 Award in Education and Training (AET) course has a similar structure as the predecessor PTLLS qualification. The credits and guided learning hours remain the same. The units have now been reduced from four to three as follows:

Unit 1: Understanding roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training
Unit 2: Understanding and using inclusive teaching and learning approaches in education and training
Unit 3: Understanding assessment in education and training

If you are currently working in any learning and development setting and can provide evidence of supporting an individual learner or a group of learners you are welcome to complete either Unit 4 or Unit 5 highlighted below instead of the microteach (Unit 3). Charges apply for this option. Please get in touch with us before enrolment so that we can discuss your needs, learning opportunities and charges.

Unit 4: Facilitate learning and development in groups
Unit 5: Facilitate learning and development for individuals

If you want to complete the assessor theory you will need to complete unit 6 highlighted below instead of unit 3.Please choose the appropriate course when booking.

Unit 6: Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment

Course Delivery and Support

The course is delivered by either blended learning or as classroom based. You are expected to meet all course requirements regardless of the method of delivery. There should be evidence of learning and meeting all the assessment criteria.

Fast track is also available to candidates who can work at a faster pace and have access to learning opportunities. You will also be expected to have the capacity to meet all course requirements within a shorter time scale and ideally have evidence of prior learning.


This is the ideal course delivery as it allows all practical requirements to be demonstrated and observed in realtime. All course requirements will need to be completed within the classroom.

Blended Learning

This mode of learning is ideal for candidates who want to complete part of the course by distance learning. All practical requirements of the course will need to be demonstrated or carried out either during classroom attendance or observed in realtime by video.

Distance Learning

This mode of learning is ideal for candidates who want to complete the course entirely or mostly by distance learning. Evidence of practice will however need to be provided in the form of work products, expert witnesses, observations or any other appropriate and suitable method that demonstrates your competency.

All candidates will be allocated an assessor on enrolment. Your assessor will also have the dual role of being your tutor. You can request tutorials and support anytime.

All candidates will have access to coursework, resources and learning opportunities. You will also have access to course events, which includes forums, web conferences, and face-to-face sessions.

Entry Requirements

This course is open to anyone. You will be expected to have basic numeracy and literacy skills in line with national occupational skills for teachers.

You are also expected to have access to the internet, computer and a word processor that can open and produce Microsoft Word Documents ending with the extension ‘.doc’. Candidates without Microsoft office are advised to consider free software such as Open Office. You, however, need to ensure your documents are saved and submitted for assessment as word documents ending with the extension ‘.doc’?

What it means studying at Level 3?

You will be assessed at the same level as someone completing A-Levels. Achievement at Level 3 reflects the ability to identify and use relevant understanding, methods and skills to complete tasks and address problems that, while well defined, have a measure of complexity. It includes taking responsibility for initiating and completing tasks and procedures as well as exercising autonomy and judgment within limited parameters. You will be expected to use references and reflect an awareness of different perspectives or approaches within your area of study or work.

What can l do after completion

The qualification can be used in its entirety if you are a tutor or trainer. You can go on to complete the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training, the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training or any other higher education course.

Assessment of this new PTLLS Online Course

The course is assessed by a portfolio of evidence which you have to compile and submit at the end of the course. Candidates completing units 1, 2, 3 are assessed by 5 short questions and a micro-teach. You will be expected to plan and deliver a microteach for a minimum 15 minutes.

All candidates will be expected to take part in a microteach activity for at least an hour. This can be accomplished by delivering your own session for 15 minutes and observing others for the remaining 45 minutes. You can also deliver an extended mocroteach up to an hour if you do not want to observe others. If you are currently teaching we might be able to accept your real teaching session in order to meet the microteach requirement.

Candidates completing a combination of either units 1, 2 and 4 or units 1, 2 and 5 will be assessed by four short questions, recorded discussions and observation of any work based evidence.

How long is the course?

We are often asked how quick someone can complete this course? This depends on a number of factors which includes your own commitment, quality of evidence, time, assessment opportunities and the ability to study at a higher level. It will also help if you have evidence of recent prior learning (That fully address the assessment criteria) and have access to resources and opportunities that will enable your learning. that will enable you to actively participate in course activities.

Candidates joining the course with evidence of prior learning and credits will obviously be able to complete quicker than someone without. If you invest more time on the course such as 15 hours a week then you will most likely complete earlier compared to someone who commits only 2 hours for the same period. By the end of the course you will be expected to demonstrate how you have met the recommended guided learning hours and total qualification time. This will involve submitting evidence showing reasonable participation in activities hosted by Vocational Learning. We however expect you to complete the course within 1 to 8 weeks.


Your certificate will come from an Ofqual regulated awarding body. We currently use TQUK, ITC First and ICQ for certification. Once your portfolio of evidence has been successfully signed off by both the internal and external moderator your certificate will be requested from the awarding body. Certificates are normally processed within 14 working days. Once we receive your certificate it will be forwarded to you by first class recorded delivery.

Enrolment (Costs and Signing up)

Your course fee includes registration, support, learning opportunities, assessments, moderation and certification. There are no hidden fees. You are only enrolled when we receive your payment for the booking. Payment is normally expected within 5 days from your booking. We are however flexible with corporate bookings where this time could be extended.

Level 3 Award in Education and Training Online, Distance Learning

You will be expected to complete the course between 3 to 8 weeks.The full cost of the course is £210. We also accept a payment plan paid by a deposit of £120 and one monthly instalment of £120

Level 3 Award in Education and Training Fast Track Blended Learning - 2 Days

You will be expected to participate in some online activities prior to attending the two days classroom based session to complete the course. Dates for the two day fast track sessions are published on the calendar displayed on our booking page which you can access by clicking the 'Book" button below. The full cost of the course is £255.

Level 3 Award in Education and Training with Assessor Unit

You will be expected to complete the course between 3 to 8 weeks. The full cost of the course is £260. We also accept a payment plan paid by a deposit of £145 and one monthly instalment of £145