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Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (QCF) Level 3 with the option to achieve at level 4

  INTRODUCTION   VTCT Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (QCF) is a vocationally recognised qualification focused towards those pursuing a teaching career in further education. 

Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector or PTLLS, as it has become more commonly known, is available at Level 3 and Level 4. This award is designed to equip a wide range of teachers, trainers and facilitators with the underpinning skills and knowledge to enable them to practice effectively.

PTLLS provides a sound introduction to teaching/training and is suitable for those who are new to or wish to start teaching or training, or experienced practitioners who would like to secure professionally recognised teaching/training qualifications. 

One of the main benefits of completing this award is that it provides a ‘threshold licence to practice’, a requirement within current legislation for all those teaching/training within the Learning and Skills Sector*. This award will enable you to work in a teaching function and progress on to a broader teaching qualification. .

  For teachers in Further Education colleges it is the mandatory first stage in the process of acquiring full qualification and licensed practitioner status. The 12 credits from this award can be carried forward to either the CTLLS or the DTLLS qualification.

COURSE CONTENT   This PTLLS course offers the chance to explore the challenges and rewards of teaching and to get a foot on the professional ladder. It teaches you to plan lessons, to support a range of learner needs, to develop a range of teaching and learning activities and methods, and to understand and deploy a range of valid and reliable assessment methods used to measure learning. By the end of the course, you will have planned and delivered a 30-minute "micro teach" encapsulating all that has been learnt during the programme.

Students can expect to dedicate around 30 hours of private study in addition to classroom lectures, but will have unlimited access to our staff and resources during the course. 
This is a four-unit qualification, comprising of the following themes:

Ø  Understand own role, responsibilities and boundaries of role in relation to teaching

Ø  Understand appropriate teaching and learning approaches in the specialist area

Ø  Demonstrate session planning skills.

Ø  Understand how to deliver inclusive sessions which motivate learners

Ø  Understand the use of different assessment methods and the need for record keeping

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES    You can progress onto the Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS) or the Diploma (DTLLS)

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