TQUK Level 3 Award in Education and Training (RQF)


The TQUK Level 3 Award in Education and Training (RQF) is an introductory, knowledge based teaching qualification which can be undertaken by individuals who are not yet in a teaching role (pre-service), or are currently teaching (in-service). However, there is a minimum requirement to take part in microteaching. Microteaching is an activity where trainee teachers prepare and deliver a short teaching and learning session to their peers and then evaluate their practice.

The qualification is suitable for individuals who:

• are not yet in a teaching role (pre-service) • are in a teaching role, or who have just started a teaching role (in-service) • want a short qualification • have the potential to study at this level, which has the same level of demand as that of study for A-levels • want a qualification without a minimum teaching practice requirement • may have already achieved some Learning and Development units that can be brought forward into this teaching qualification (known as QCF equivalents).

Qualification Purpose

The TQUK Level 3 Award in Education and Training (RQF) is an introductory teaching qualification, which prepares learners for teaching or training in a wide range of contexts. It does not develop competence, as learners are not required to be in a teaching position. The qualification is suitable for individuals who wish to teach in the Further Education and Skills Sector and forms a foundation for those with little or no previous experience of teaching or training.

Some units from the Learning and Development suite of qualifications may be achieved within this qualification. These units require practice to be assessed in the trainee teacher’s place of work. More detail can be found in the ‘structure of the qualification’ section.

Entry Requirements

The qualification is suitable for learners of 19 years of age and above

There are no specific entry requirements and learners do not need to have teaching practice hours to achieve the qualification.

There may be a requirement, by a learner’s employer for them to hold a current CRB Certificate if they currently or intend to work with learners who are covered by the CRB regulations. It is the learner’s responsibility to seek advice from their employer regarding this, along with attending any necessary Safeguarding information events.

Centres are responsible for ensuring the qualification is appropriate for the age and ability of the learners.


Successful learners can progress to other teaching, training, assessment and internal quality assurance qualifications such as:

• TQUK Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training • TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement • TQUK Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice

Structure Learners must achieve a minimum of 12 credits from three mandatory unit groups.

Total Qualification Time

Total Qualification Time for this qualification is 120 hours.

Guided Learning Hours

Total Guided Learning Hours for this qualification is 48.


The qualification is assessed by internally set and marked assessments and a microteach session .

There are 3 main units which must be met to successfully gain the award at level 3 and these units are 1, 2 and 5. All these units will be covered during the course in detail. You will be expected to complete a number of theoretical and practical tasks as stipulated by the awarding body, which will provide evidence required for your award.

These include the following:

• An hour session which includes at least one 15-minute microteaching session, which is observed by peers and assessed by a member of the centre staff team. • 3 written assignments • The submission of an evidence based portfolio containing all the above work and other types of evidence to enable you to gain the award.

Sections of the course include:

Unit 1 - Understanding roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training

  1. Understand the teaching role and responsibilities education and training
  2. Understand ways to maintain a safe and supportive learning environment
  3. Understand the relationships between teachers and other professionals in education and training

Unit 2 – Understanding and using inclusive teaching and learning approaches in education and training

  1. Understand inclusive teaching and learning approaches in education and training
  2. Understand ways to create an inclusive teaching and learning environment
  3. Be able to plan inclusive teaching and learning
  4. Be able to deliver inclusive teaching and learning
  5. Be able to evaluate the delivery of inclusive teaching and learning

Unit 5 – Understanding assessment in education and training

  1. Understand types and methods of assessment used in education and training
  2. Understand how to involve learners and others in the assessment process
  3. Understand the role and use of constructive feedback in the assessment process
  4. Understand requirements for keeping records of assessment in education and training

Duration: 5 days

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