Aims and objectives of this qualification

The NCFE Level 3 Award in Education and Training is an introductory teaching qualification. Depending upon the optional units chosen, a learner will either need to take part in microteaching (Unit 02) or teaching practice in the work environment (Unit 03 and Unit 04). Therefore, it may be undertaken by individuals who are not in a teaching role if the microteaching option is taken.

This qualification aims to meet the needs of a range of trainee teachers, such as:

  • individuals not currently in a teaching or training role – achievement of the qualification doesn’t require practice other than microteaching unless units from the learning and development suite of qualifications are selected

  • individuals currently teaching and training (including those who have just begun teaching and training) - although the qualification does not require practice other than microteaching (unless units from the learning and development suite of qualifications are selected), opportunities may be made available to observe and provide feedback on a trainee teacher's practice

  • individuals currently working as Assessors who wish to achieve a qualification that provides an introduction to teaching. The objective of the qualification is to prepare learners for employment and support them to progress to a teaching role within the workplace.

Entry guidance

All trainee teachers joining this qualification programme should undertake an initial assessment of skills in English, Mathematics and ICT. They should record their development needs and, where applicable, agree an action plan to address them. If trainee teachers join the qualification programme having already undertaken an initial assessment of their English, Mathematics and ICT skills, their record of development needs and any previous actions taken to address them should be reviewed and updated as required.

Achieving this qualification

To be awarded the NCFE Level 3 Award in Education and Training, learners must achieve a minimum of 12 credits: 3 credits from the mandatory unit in Group A, 6 credits from Group B and 3 credits from Group C.


This qualification consists of one mandatory unit and 5 optional units

Optional units available for this qualification cover areas such as understanding and using inclusive teaching and learning approaches and assessment in education and training as well as facilitate learning and development for individuals or in groups (please refer to the Qualification Specification for more information


Things you need to know

  • Total Qualification Time (TQT): 120

  • Credit value: 12

Progression opportunities Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:

  • NCFE Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training

  • NCFE Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training