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Further Education


Accredited Level 3 courses to help you upskill!

Improve your existing skills or gain new skills to help with a change of career. View what courses we currently have on offer below.

Further Education Courses
Courses Venue Start Date, Times and Duration Cost
Level 3 Award in Education and Training Google Classroom February 24th, 6pm-9pm (12 weeks) £350
Level 3 Award in Training, Assessing and Quality Assurance Google Classroom Roll on/Roll off (12 weeks) up to £450
Access to Higher Education Diploma in Social Work Studies Google Classroom* September 2021 (24 weeks) Student Loan

*Venue TBC depending on national and local COVID19 restrictions

Level 3 Award in Education and Training


12 week course

Do you want to teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (adult and community learning)? The Level 3 Award in Education and Training, formerly PTLLS, is the first stage of the Certificate in Education. If you feel like university isn’t the right direction for you, or your career aspirations have changed and you want a quick start, this course is the perfect alternative route into the world of teaching⁠. The course will provide you with the essential theoretical skills to teach in the lifelong learning sector and equip you with the necessary practical skills and knowledge needed to deliver training sessions.


Course fee

This course costs £350, including registration fee.


Contact us

Booking a place is essential. To book a place or for further information please contact a Learning & Skills Adviser on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&s[email protected]. Or message us through Facebook [external link], Twitter [external link] or Instagram [external link].

Who is this course for?

This course is perfect for you if you want to teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector or you are a Trainer or Tutor who has no teaching qualifications.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

You must be aged 19+ and be educated to English Level 2 or hold a GCSE in English grade A* - C. Previous teaching experience is not essential. All teachers in lifelong learning would be expected to possess both literacy and numeracy skills to Level 2. Candidates will be initially assessed by way of a short piece of academic writing.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The course will provide learners with the essential theoretical skills to teach in the lifelong learning sector and equip them with the necessary practical skills and knowledge through a micro teach session.

What will the course cover?

  • The roles and responsibilities of a teacher
  • The role of the assessor
  • Teaching methods and assessments
  • Learning styles
  • Establishing ground rules
  • Embedding functional skills into lesson plans
  • Legislation and codes of practice
  • Inclusive learning and Equality & Diversity
  • Completion of three assignments including a 30-minute micro teach delivery

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You could apply to teach in the lifelong learning sector. You could advance to the Certificate or Diploma in Education and Training or be exempt for the first part of a PGCE / Certificate in Education (the qualification has a credit value of 12 on the Qualification and Credit Framework and replaces the previous PTLLS qualification).

Where and when will I learn?

This course will take place online via Google Classroom. To see when this course is running please visit the timetable above.

What should I bring with me?

You will need access to the internet and an internet enabled device on which you can access Google Classroom. It’s also helpful, when engaged in online classes, to be able to work with little disruption to fully contribute, to take part in discussions and to be able to take notes from each session.

Level 3 Certificate in Training, Assessing and Quality Assurance (TAQA)


12 week course

Develop knowledge and understanding of the assessor role and the requisite skills and confidence to assess learners in their settings. The course is planned and sequenced to enable you with previous knowledge and experience to develop the new skills needed to progress to the next stage of your career, training, education or employment. It is flexible and responsive to your demands and can be tailored to suit individual needs, arising from any current issues affecting your role.

The course is suitable for those who are either already assessing as part of an assessment team and / or wish to be involved in assessing and need a suitable qualification. To see when this course is running please visit the community learning timetable above.


Course fee

  • Studying Unit 301 only is £150 including course fees and registration.
  • Studying Units 301 and 302 and / or 303 is £450 course fees including registration*.

*There will be a reduction of £100 if learners already possess unit 301(derived from a Level 3 Award in Education and Training qualification).


Contact us

Booking a place is essential. To book a place or for further information please contact a Learning & Skills Adviser on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]. Or message us through Facebook [external link], Twitter [external link] or Instagram [external link].

Who is this course for? 

The course is suitable for those who are either already assessing as part of an assessment team and / or wish to be involved in assessing and need a suitable qualification. You can take various routes and each is priced differently. If you achieve all three units you will receive the Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement, anything less than three units will result in an Award.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course except for being aged over 19 for the knowledge unit (301) However for units 302 and 303 it is required that you have access to two learners, an awarding body and have access to an internal quality assurer (IV, IQA). Furthermore for unit 302, you need to be vocationally competent in your subject matter. Our service may have learners that you could utilize.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The curriculum has been designed so that throughout the duration of the course, you gradually develop knowledge and understanding of the assessor role and the requisite skills and confidence to assess learners in your setting. It is flexible and responsive to your demands and can be tailored to suit individual needs, arising from any current issues affecting your role, which can be addressed during taught lessons and personal tutorials. As an assessor you will need to be able to demonstrate knowledge and practical skills throughout your training programme and understand how this reflects the needs of the learner, the employer and the provider.

What will the course cover?

The full certificate covers three units: 301, 302 and 303.

Unit 301 - Award in understanding the practices and principles of assessment - You complete this unit if you wish to gain knowledge and understanding of assessment but do not wish to carry out assessment of learners.
Unit 301 and 302 - Award in assessing occupational competence in the work environment - This award qualifies you to assess learners in their working environment.
Unit 301 and 303 - Award in assessing vocational skills, knowledge and understanding - This award qualifies you to assess learners in an educational/training workshop environment.
Unit 301, 302 and 303 - Certificate in assessing vocational achievement - This certificate qualifies you to assess in both types of environment.

The course covers:

  • The function of quality assurance
  • The function and important concepts of assessment
  • The roles and responsibilities of the Assessor
  • Involving the learner in the assessment process
  • Planning for assessment
  • Avoiding risk in assessment
  • Legal issues, policies and procedures
  • Records of assessment

What could I do when I have finished this course?

If you only study for unit 301, the knowledge unit, you can at a later stage add the other units once you are assessing. If you achieve the full certificate, you are qualified to undertake the role of an approved assessor for an educational provider and you could apply to study for a Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance Processes and Practice.

Where and when will I learn?

This course will take place online via Google Classroom. To see when this course is running please visit the timetable above.

What should I bring with me?

You will need access to the internet and an internet enabled device on which you can access Google Classroom. It’s also helpful, when engaged in online classes, to be able to work with little disruption to fully contribute, to take part in discussions and to be able to take notes from each session.

Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma in Social Work Studies


The QAA Access to Higher Education Diploma is awarded by One Awards and recognised for entry to Higher Education courses across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Watch this One Awards video [external link] from people in the North East who have completed other Level 3 Access Diploma Courses.

This course is ideal for people looking for a career change or to apply to university in order to enter the world of Social Work. You may not currently hold the entry requirements or have the confidence to go to university at present or it might be a long time since you have studied. That's where the Access Diploma steps in. 

This course will help you to achieve both a qualification in preparation for Social Work studies at university and give you the confidence to move forward and achieve your goals. Enrolment for this course will begin in the summer ready for a September 2021 start. This 24 week course will require an upfront payment or an Advanced Learner Loan. You can find more on our course fees here.


Contact us

Booking a place is essential. To book a place or for further information please contact a Learning & Skills Adviser on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]. Or message us through Facebook [external link], Twitter [external link] or Instagram [external link].

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for those who are looking to move onto Higher Education or for those looking to up-skill and increase their knowledge in relation to work with children, young people and adults.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

For this course we recommend that you have completed the Working with Children and Young People Level 1 and the Working with Children, Young People and Families Level 2 courses, or that you hold similar qualifications. Previous work experience in this sector is beneficial but not essential. As this is a Level 3 course it is recommended that you have a standard of English and maths that is around GCSE grade 4 (old grade C) or higher, or Functional Skills Level 2 (or you are working towards these).

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The course is an exciting route to Higher Education and a new career. Learning & Skills delivers the Social Work Studies Pathway. Learners can apply for a place at a higher education institution using the usual UCAS application process. The qualification also enables progression to a range of Level 4 programmes including higher Apprenticeships.

What will the course cover?

Each Diploma area covers the following units:

  • Mathematics – Data handling and Statistics
  • English – Application of English Language and English Language Writing Skills
  • Study Skills
  • Health Promotion
  • Professional Practice

Learners will then work on the Social Work Diploma where they will complete an additional four specialist units.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

The predominant aim of this course is to prepare and enable students to apply to university, although former students have also found volunteering and employment opportunities in the adults and children & young people’s sector as a result of completing the course.

Where and when will I learn?

This course will begin in September 2021. We are currently gathering interest and you are welcome to leave your contact details with us today. You must register your interest with us by July 31st 2021.

What should I bring with me?

It is essential that you have an internet enabled device and access to the internet. In exceptional circumstances we can offer this course offline via paper resource packs. This will be discussed during your enrolment.

How much will the course cost?

This course requires a student loan. Fees are approximately £3000. Further information will be provided when you enquire.