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IQ Level 3 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (QCF)

Qualification Number 600/2609/1
Title IQ Level 3 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (QCF)
Category National
Sector Teaching & Education
Operational Start Date 06/09/2011
Operational End Date 28/02/2015
Total Units 7 Min Credit 12
Min Guided Learning Hours 48 Max Guided Learning Hours 60
Min Age From 18 Min Age To 100

Qualification Fee : £35.00

This is the administrative fee that IQ charges centres to register a learner on this qualification. All fees include registration, certification and postage (international delivery rates may apply).

About this Qualification

The IQ Level 3 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (QCF) is a qualification for tutors and trainers wishing to teach in further education or adult education in the Lifelong Learning Sector. It is the first step towards becoming a teacher and provides the learner with sufficient evidence of the necessary skills and knowledge, enabling them to teach beyond an initial year in the FE Sector.

The updated Level 3 Award is more accessible to people in a variety of different roles and work contexts in the sector. It will also support several different routes to achievement, including the award of credits through units drawn from the learning and development qualifications.

Take this Qualification

If you are interested in taking this qualification and would like to find your nearest IQ centre, please give us a call on 01952 457 452 and a member of our team will be happy to help.


To complete this qualification learners have to achieve a total of 12 credits: 3 credits from group A, 6 credits from group B and 3 credits from group C.

IndexGroupUnit Ref.Unit TitleCreditGuided
1Mandatory GroupM/503/1229Roles, responsibilities and relationships in lifelong learning312
1Optional Group AJ/502/9549Facilitate learning and development for individuals612
1Optional Group AF/502/9548Facilitate learning and development in groups625
1Optional Group AT/503/1233Understanding inclusive learning and teaching in lifelong learning312
1Optional Group AY/503/1242Using inclusive learning and teaching approaches in lifelong learning312
1Optional Group BY/503/1239Principles of assessment in lifelong learning312
1Optional Group BD/601/5313Understanding the principles and practices of assessment324


Assessment for this qualification is based on Coursework, Portfolio of Evidence, Practical Demonstration/Assignment including the required a micro teach session.

Learner Entry Requirements

  • All learners need to have the personal and intellectual qualities to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to gain this qualification
  • All learners need to be able to read effectively, and be able to communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written standard English
  • Systems are in place to seek information on whether learners have a criminal background which might prevent them working with young people or vulnerable adults, as a teacher, trainer or tutor
  • Learners normally need to hold relevant vocational and/or academic qualifications at least one level above those they are teaching
  • There needs to be a documented process for interviewing both external and “in-house” learners as part of the selection process.

Tutor Requirements


All trainers delivering this qualification must have

  • Appropriate teaching qualification e.g., Cert.Ed., PGCE, Level 3 CTLLS, Level 3 DTLLS, Level 4 PTLLS. Evidence of relevant CPD
  • Assessors/ trainers delivering unit 7 must also meet the requirements of LLUK’s Assessment Strategy, see Appendix A

Centre Requirements



Downloadable Resources

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  • Specification - PTLLS 600/2609/1 (protected)
  • Achievement Record- PTLLS 600/2609/1 (protected)