Guided Learning Hours: 61

Credit Value: 12

Level: 3


You need to be at least 19 years old to take this qualification.
 It is a knowledge-based qualification which is an introduction to teaching and replaces the QCF Level 3 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector.


It provides an insight into: 

  • the roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training 
  • how to plan and deliver teaching sessions 
  • how to assess and give constructive feedback. 



The aims of the qualification are to enable learners to: 

  • understand their roles and responsibilities in relation to teaching 
  • understand appropriate teaching and learning approaches within the learner’s specialist area 
  • plan, deliver and evaluate micro-teaching sessions or assessed practice in a real work environment 
  • understand the use of assessment methods and record keeping. 


Who can enrol?

You must be over 19 years of age. This qualification would be relevant for trainee teachers or those who are currently working or considering a role as an equine assisted learning facilitator, natural horsemanship trainer, forest school leader, outdoor education provider or assessor and who wishes to achieve a qualification that provides an introduction to teaching.


Entry Requirements

You must be aged 19 or over to register for this qualification and will need to undertake an initial assessment of your skills in English, Mathematics and information technology


What is the focus?

EAQ’s area of expertise is in equine assisted learning and outdoor education, so the focus for this qualification is on the vocational areas associated with working out of doors with animals. This would be ideal for those who are planning to work or are already working in settings such as equine assisted learning centres, alternative education in an outdoor setting, forest schools and equine establishments including natural horsemanship facilities, riding schools, horse training centres, animal rescue centres, livery yards, care farms or other outdoor provision including land-based industries, agriculture and horticulture, conservation and the environment.


Where can I see the units?

These units are regulated by Ofqual and listed on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and you can read all the learning outcomes and assessment criteria on their website.


What does the qualification cover?

You will need to complete three units to gain this qualification.
The units are:
1. Understanding roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training (mandatory)
2. Understand assessment in education and training
3. A choice of one unit from the following:

  • Facilitate learning and development for individuals
  • Facilitate learning and development in groups.
How will the unit be delivered?

You will attend four days of training which provides the underpinning knowledge for the units and gives you an opportunity to practice your skills. This is followed by individual mentoring in the workplace providing you with the support and guidance you need to complete the unit. You will have an assessor who will observe you working with your own learners and who will assess your skills against the criteria.


How will I be assessed?

You will be observed and assessed during several micro-teaching sessions during the course and in your normal working environment. You will also put together a portfolio of evidence showing how you have met the assessment criteria. 


Progression route

The unit ‘Understanding Roles, Responsibilities and Relationships in Education and Training’ in this qualification is also a mandatory unit in the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training.  Achievement of this unit as part of the Level 3 Award qualification will allow you to transfer the credit if you decide to undertake the Level 4 Certificate qualification. 



The fee for this course is £1,500.