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Education & Training

Course description

This qualification was previously known as the Certificate of Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS). It is a nationally recognised qualification for those in a teaching role who want to develop their skills, as well as those that are not currently involved in teaching (or teacher training) who can satisfy the course units.

This qualification is known as the first stage teaching qualification. It has a teaching and training practice requirement.

The aim of the qualification is to provide learners with the understanding, knowledge and skills needed to plan, deliver, assess and evaluate education in a specialist area.

Who is the course for?

  • Individuals who would like to pursue a career in teaching and training
  • Individuals who are employed and working in teaching and training (including those that have just begun teaching and training who can meet the qualification requirements
  • Individuals delivering work-based training within voluntary, community, private or public organisations
  • Individuals who are not currently employed in teaching and training but can meet the qualification requirements
  • Individuals currently working as assessors who wish to achieve a teaching qualification
  • For individuals who work with learners on a one-to-one basis
  • Individuals who need a teaching qualification to confirm occupational competence for their role as a teacher, trainer or tutor within a FE college, adults / community learning centre or training provider.
  • The course is suitable for those delivering education and training in ANY learning environment.

Format / duration

This qualification has a flexible delivery model. The format consists of a minimum of two face to face session and online delivery with a course tutor. One to one sessions will also be organised to support your progress through the qualification.
To access online tutored sessions, learners must have access to a laptop or tablet. A smartphone device is accepted but functionality can be limited. The device must have access to a microphone as the sessions will be interactive. Please also ensure you have good WIFI access. If you have any additional learning needs, please let us know when registering for the course so we can support you.

Course dates:

  • To be confirmed

We encourage you to register your interest should you be interested in this course.


For face to face sessions, the venue will be: Sport Structures, 12 George Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 1NP

Learner eligibility

Learners must be:

  • A minimum of 19 years old
  • Qualified/ experienced in the subject they intend to teach/deliver
  • Able to have access to 30 teaching practice hours
  • Be able to communicate effectively in English (this includes listening, speaking, reading and writing).
  • Possess reasonable levels of language, literacy and numeracy (An initial assessment may be required at induction phase)

Individuals are not required to have achieved a Level 3 Award in Education and Training before undertaking a Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training. However, some individuals may have already achieved this qualification. Learners who have achieved the level 3 unit ‘Understanding roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training’ as part of the Award in Education and Training are eligible for credit transfer of this unit..

Course units

Learners will complete the following units as part of the course:

  • Understanding roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training
  • Planning to meet the needs of learners in education and training
  • Delivering education and training
  • Assessing learners in education and training
  • Using resources for education and training
  • Teaching in a specialist area (optional unit)


The qualification will be assessed by a combination of assignments, a log of teaching evidence and observation of teaching or training. Simulation of teaching (micro-teaching) is not permitted.

Learners will be assessed in the planning, delivery and evaluation of at least 3 sessions for a minimum of 1 hour (3 hours in total). The sessions can be completed on a topic of choice, preferably in the subject that the learner specialises in. These should be on separate occasions to show progression and development. The observations will be linked to the following mandatory units:

  • Delivering education and training
  • Assessing learners in education and training
  • Using resources for education and training

We will support you to arrange appropriate assessment opportunities. At least one of these assessments can be recorded and sent to us for assessment.

Assessment costs are included but learners will be requested to pay for travel expenses (mileage only) on the occasions they are being assessed. This is agreed by both parties before any assessments go ahead.

Why chose us?

We pride ourselves on the importance and value of face to face interaction. Our format provides opportunities for modelling and trialling of techniques in a supportive environment, whilst learning and interacting with peers.

  • Our support: We will provide timely support to learners to achieve the qualification
  • Our experienced delivery team who have substantial experience in teaching children and adults within the sport, coaching and teaching sector
  • Expertise in the delivery of similar qualifications such as Level 3 Education and Training, Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement along with quality assurance qualifications.
  • We offer learner payment plans to support accessibility.

Is a qualification the only option?

Should the full qualification not be feasible (in terms of cost, learning hours required), we can always deliver the elements of the content as a bespoke continual professional development.  This could then be used a recognition of prior learning in the future. We usually offer this as a solution to organisations that have a number of potential learners interested.


Please be aware that we usually only able to invoice organisations, not individuals. Please contact us if this causes an issue.

Flexible payment plans are available for this course to support accessibility. Please download the document on the left hand side of this page.

Would you like further information?

Please email us at education@sportstructures.comThis course can also be delivered to specific groups and organisations.



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