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CIEH Level 3 Award in Education and Training - Frequently asked questions

What is the CIEH Level 3 Award in Education and Training?
The CIEH Level 3 Award in Education and Training is an introductory, knowledge-based teaching qualification. It has no minimum teaching practice requirement. Therefore, it may be undertaken by individuals who are not in a teaching role. However, there is a minimum requirement to take part in a microteaching session.

To be awarded the Level 3 Award in Education and Training a total of 12 credits must be achieved.

The CIEH Level 3 Award in Education and Training comprises three units:

  • understanding roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training
  • understanding and using inclusive teaching and learning approaches in education and training
  • understanding assessment in education and training.

View the qualification structure at a glance.

Who is this qualification suitable for?
The Level 3 Award in Education and Training is suitable for individuals who:

  • are not in a teaching role, or who have just started a teaching role
  • 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.

How does the CIEH Level 3 Award in Education and Training differ from the CIEH Level 3 Award in Preparing to Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector?
The CIEH Level 3 Award in Education and Training replaces the QCF Level 3 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector and the Level 4 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) introduced in 2007 and updated in 2011.

View a comparison of the 2007, 2011 and 2013 awards.

The content of the CIEH Level 3 Award in Education and Training is similar to that of the CIEH Level 3 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector, but two units have been combined into one double unit, Understanding and using inclusive teaching and learning approaches in education and training, to reduce repetition assessment.

What is the CIEH Level 3 Award in Training – Principles and Practice?
The CIEH Level 3 Award in Training – Principles and Practice replaces the CIEH Level 3 Award in Training Skills and Practice. The CIEH Level 3 Award in Training – Principles and Practice is based on the double unit Understanding and using inclusive teaching and learning approaches in education and training (Unit 2 of the CIEH Level 3 Award in Education and Training). The CIEH Level 3 Award in Training – Principles and Practice will become the minimum teaching/training qualification required for trainers wishing to register to deliver most CIEH qualifications.

If I have a PTLLS or other equivalent teaching qualification do I need to take the Level 3 Award in Education and Training?
No. Individuals who hold existing teaching qualifications or who are partway through their study do not need to take the new qualification or change courses.

Can a candidate with a CIEH Level 3 Award in PTLLS transfer credit or convert to a CIEH Level 3 Award in Education and Training?
No. Credit from the PTLLS qualification cannot be transferred to the Level 3 Award in Education and Training as there are no common units of assessment within the rules of combination. As they both have equal standing there would be no need to convert from one to the other.

Can a candidate with a CIEH Level 3 Award in Training Skills and Practice transfer credit to complete a CIEH Level 3 Award in Education and Training?
No. Credit from the TSP qualification cannot be transferred to the Level 3 Award in Education and Training as there are no common units of assessment within the rules of combination.

Can a candidate with a CIEH Level 3 Award in Training – Principles and Practice transfer credit to complete a Level 3 Award in Education and training?
Yes. Credit from the CIEH Level 3 Award in Training – Principles and Practice can be transferred to the Level 3 Award in Education and Training as the CIEH Level 3 Award in Training – Principles and Practice is based on the double unit Understanding and using inclusive teaching and learning approaches in education and training and so is a common unit of assessment within the rules of combination.

Can a candidate transfer credit from units passed with another awarding organisation to complete a CIEH Level 3 Award in Education and Training?
Yes, provided they are either common units of assessment or they are the other optional ‘Learning and Development’ units.

Is there a time limit for achieving all three units?
No, providing the candidate achieves all three units before the Ofqual regulatory review date (currently 2017), s/he will be awarded a Level 3 Award in Education and Training.

How are the units assessed?
Unit 1 and Unit 3 are each assessed by a 15 multiple-choice question examination paper. Candidates much get a minimum 10 correct answers and meet the threshold set for each learning outcome to achieve an overall pass. For further information see the Qualification Specification.

Unit 2 is assessed by a written assignment of 1,000 words and one hour of microteaching, which includes delivery of the 20-25 minute microteaching session and completion of two peer assessments.

What is 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.

What is a candidate fails a unit assessment?
S/he can retake the assessment once. If the candidate fails at the second attempt they should be retained before taking the assessment again.

Why do the Guided Learning Hours for each unit not correspond to the contact time indicated in the training programme guide in the Trainers’ Notes manual?
Guided Learning Hours include time for candidates to assimilate knowledge and understanding and to think about how this can be applied in their own practice context. This is particularly important before undertaking the assignment and microteaching session for Unit 2.

How should I submit the results to CIEH for processing?
Please submit the results for all the units for all candidates in a cohort as one batch for processing. Each batch should be submitted with a qualification-specific summary sheet and a Candidate Registration Form (CRF) for each candidate.

Do I need to complete a summary sheet for every unit?
No, only one summary sheet is required per batch. However all candidates taking the same unit must be assessed on the same date, which will be indicated on the summary sheet.

Where can I find a Candidate Registration Form?
You can download a copy here.

Can I photocopy the Candidate Assessment Record?
No. You must purchase an assessment pack for each candidate. This assessment pack will contain all the documents required for each unit. Like the Answer Information Sheets that are supplied with the examination papers, the Candidate Assessment Records carry a unique security code.

Can I photocopy the summary sheet?
No. Please use an original copy supplied with the assessment packs. If you require more copies of the summary sheet, please contact Customer Services.

Does a Candidate Registration Form need to be submitted for every unit?
No. Only one Candidate Registration Form is required per candidate when submitting results for all the units as one batch for processing. If the centre submits the results for one unit at a time, a Candidate Registration Form for each candidate will have to be submitted each time.

The Candidate Registration Form asks for the security code, where can I find that?
The security code will be found on the Answer Information Sheets for Units 1 and 3 and the Candidate Assessment Record for Unit 2 and will be labelled accordingly.

When applying for a transfer of credit for a unit awarded by another awarding organisation does the candidate need to show their unit certificate?
Yes, to the trainer. The trainer should then complete the necessary details on the Candidate Registration Form.

If submitting a single unit for a candidate some time after the other units do I have to give details of the earlier units?
Yes. Without this information we will be unable to link together all of the results and therefore unable to issue the full certificate. In the bottom of the Candidate Registration Form you may give either the security codes of the earlier units, or if you have already received the unit certificates, you may give the certificate numbers.