Introduction to the Qualification
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
- 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). The TQUK Level 3 Award in Education and Training (RQF) is regulated by Ofqual. The qualification was supported by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) prior to its closure (in July 2013).
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.
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 5 Diploma in Education and Training
- TQUK Level 3 Award in Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment
- TQUK Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment
- TQUK Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement
- TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement
- TQUK Level 4 Award in Understanding the Internal Quality Assurance Of Assessment
Processes and Practice
- TQUK Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice
- Level 4 Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice
- Level 4 Award in Learning and Development
- Level 4 Diploma in Learning and Development
Learners must achieve a minimum of 12 credits from three mandatory unit groups. Group A is mandatory; Groups B and C contain optional units, some of which are taken from the Learning and Development qualification. Group A – 3 credits Group B – a minimum of 6 credits Group C – a minimum of 3 credits
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