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Award in Education and Training (AET) - Level 3

The Qualification Purpose of the Award in Education and Training (AET) is to provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to teach or train individuals in a diverse range of contexts. The AET program is designed to be an introductory course that prepares students for a career in teaching or training, providing them with a foundational understanding of pedagogical theory and practical teaching skills.

It is important to note that the AET certification is not designed to impart expertise or advanced knowledge in a particular subject area, but rather to provide students with a basic understanding of the principles and practices of teaching and training. As such, it is not mandatory for students to hold a teaching position during the training process, though it can be beneficial for them to do so.

The AET program is particularly suited for individuals who aspire to teach in the Further Education and Skills Sector, which includes a diverse range of educational settings such as adult education, vocational training, and community education. It is also a useful qualification for those who may be interested in teaching in other contexts, such as corporate training or tutoring.

In addition to the AET certification, learners may opt to attain select units from the Learning and Development suite of qualifications. This allows students to tailor their training to their specific needs and interests, and to develop additional skills and knowledge that may be relevant to their career goals. The units that can be obtained from the Learning and Development suite of qualifications are contingent upon the assessment of the student's performance in the trainee teacher's workplace.

Overall, the Qualification Purpose of the AET program is to equip students with a foundational understanding of teaching and training, providing them with the skills and knowledge they need to embark on a career in the Further Education and Skills Sector, or in other contexts where teaching or training is required

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Entry Requirements

The qualification has no specific entry requirements, and learners are not required to have completed any teaching practice hours to attain it. However, some employers may require a current DBS Certificate from learners who are currently or intending to work with individuals covered by the DBS regulations.


It is the responsibility of the learners to seek guidance from their employer in this regard and attend any mandatory safeguarding events.

The minimum recommended age for attaining this qualification is 19 years and above.


Guided Learning Hours

Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for a qualification include all the contact time, supervision, guidance, or tutoring provided by an educator or trainer. For this qualification, GLH is set at 48.

Directed Study

Learners are expected to complete some aspects of their assessment portfolio in their own time. Approximately 72 hours of additional time are expected over the cycle of the programme.

Total Qualification Time

Total Qualification Time (TQT) is an estimate of the total length of time required for a learner to achieve and demonstrate the level of competence needed to obtain the qualification, which includes all learning outcomes. TQT consists of GLH and an estimate of the time a learner spends preparing, studying, or learning that is directed, but not supervised, by an educator or trainer. The credit value of a qualification is determined by TQT, where one credit corresponds to 10 hours of learning. For this qualification, the TQT is estimated at 120 hours.

It is important to note that there are no specific entry requirements for this qualification. However, learners may be required by their employers to hold a current DBS Certificate if they intend to work with learners who are covered by DBS regulations.

Additionally, it is the learner's responsibility to seek advice from their employer regarding this, as well as attending any necessary Safeguarding information events.

Moreover, centres are responsible for ensuring that the qualification is appropriate for the age and ability of the learners, with the recommended minimum age being 19 years and above.

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Course Timings

  • Flexible and at your own convenience 

  • We have had learners who completed the whole course in less than 16-20 weeks! Some even in 3 days...

How does the online course work?

  • The online L3 AET course covers the same theory as is covered in the class based course

  • It allows you the freedom to go through the resource materials in your own time

  • Quite straightforward – more like an open book exam!!!

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Price and Discount(s)

  • £350 if generic and £550 if bespoke

  • Get in touch to discuss the right option for you

Advantage of online learning

  • Flexible course scheduling: Learn at your convenience, not based on a college's annual schedule.

  • Enhanced learning experience: Benefit from powerful visual cues and experiential exercises to expedite your learning process.

  • Accessibility: Access your course from anywhere with an internet connection, making it always available.

  • Personalized learning environment: Set your own pace and schedule to fit your unique needs and preferences.

  • Time flexibility: With no set class times, complete your assignments and readings at your own pace.

  • Affordable: Our course is cost-effective compared to traditional college courses, with no housing, meal plans or travel expenses to worry about.

  • No interference with your career: Continue your job or teaching without interruptions.

  • No need for a leave of absence: Study while still working without having to take a break.

  • No in-person classes required: No need to attend classroom courses over a number of days.

  • Controlled positive social atmosphere: A safe and supportive learning environment with no bullying or inappropriate behavior.

  • Suitable for experienced trainers: Highly recommended for people with prior teaching or training experience.

  • Saves time, energy, and money: Our course saves you valuable resources while still providing high-quality education.

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