A Guide to AET Level 3: Your Path to Educational Excellence
In the ever-evolving landscape of education, one constant remains: the power of effective teaching. For those who are passionate about imparting knowledge and making a positive impact, the journey begins with a solid foundation in principles and teaching practices. This is where the AET qualification steps in. The AET training course offers a clear path to becoming a skilled and confident educator.
What is the AET Qualification?
The AET qualification was previously known as the PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector). In 2013, the PTLLS course changed to the Level 3 Award in Education and Training (AET). It is for those who want to work as tutors/teachers in the further education sector.
The AET qualification is designed to equip you with the foundational skills and knowledge necessary for effective teaching. Whether you’re entering the education sector for the first time, or looking to enhance your existing teaching skills; the AET qualification provides a solid grounding.
This qualification covers key areas such as:
- understanding teaching roles, responsibilities, and relationships;
- planning and delivering effective lessons;
- assessing and supporting learners;
- and maintaining a safe and inclusive learning environment.
By gaining an AET qualification, you will learn essential skills and confidence to succeed in various educational settings. Whether you’re trained in construction, hairdressing, social care, finance; the AET will qualify you to teach in your area of occupational competence.
Choosing the Right AET Training Course
Selecting the appropriate AET training course is a critical step in your journey towards educational excellence. Here are some things we’d recommend you check before enrolling:
Review the course curriculum to see what topics you will cover.
With the Education and Training course, you must achieve ’12 credits’. The 12 credits break down to:
- 3 credits from Unit 1, the mandatory unit.
- 9 credits from the further optional units.
So whilst every training provider will offer Unit 1 as part of their AET course, the following units will differ to make 12 credits.
|Unit Number||Mandatory/Optional||Unit Title||Credit Value|
|1||Mandatory||Understanding Roles, Responsibilities and Relationships in Education and Training||3|
|2||Optional||Facilitate Learning and Development for Individuals||6|
|3||Optional||Facilitate Learning and Development in Groups||6|
|4||Optional||Understanding and Using Inclusive Teaching and Learning Approaches in Education and Training||6|
|5||Optional||Understanding Assessment in Education and Training||3|
|6||Optional||Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment||3|
At Brooks and Kirk, our AET course is packaged as Unit 1, 4 and 5. We chose these units because the others come from the ‘Learning and Development suite’. Learners who undertake the Learning and Development suite’s units are “required to provide evidence from their or work-based practice in order to meet the criteria”. Consequently, this isn’t always convenient for our learners. Thus, it’s not something you will have to worry about when taking your AET training course with Brooks and Kirk.
You can find out more about this in the qualification specification.
Check if the course offers adequate support, resources, and materials.
Engaging content, interactive tools, and access to instructors can greatly enhance your learning experience. If you’re looking to take an AET course online, you’ll want to make sure that despite the flexibility, you will still have the required learning materials. Therefore, easy access to tutors to support is a must. When conducting your training with Brooks and Kirk, you will receive unlimited tutor support from our team. Our virtual learning environment is packed full with resources and materials to help you with your assignments.
Research reviews and testimonials from past participants.
A training provider that has a strong reputation is highly likely to provide a quality learning experience. You may wish to specifically check the reviews state anything in relation to the above; the quality and level of support, resources and materials. For example, here are one of our reviews:
“Laura and Dan gave great and productive feedback and were very timely and positive. I would recommend this to anyone thinking about doing an AET”
Brooks and Kirk’s AET course online
With Brooks and Kirk, the AET qualification is split into three small units. As mentioned before, this includes the mandatory unit and 2 optional units.
Unit 1 – Understanding Roles, Responsibilities and Relationships in Education and Training
The knowledge based unit, exploring the roles and responsibilities as a teacher.
Unit 4 – Facilitate Learning and Development in Groups
This is where you will deliver a practical lesson via zoom, amongst your trainee-tutor peers.
Unit 5 – Understanding Assessment in Education and Training
Your final unit focuses on enhancing your understanding of assessment methods and techniques in educational settings.
What are the entry requirements?
At Brooks and Kirk you must be 18 years old or over to enrol on our AET course. For your own benefit, it is preferred that you hold a certain level of English proficiency. This is because the course involves written assignments and communication skills. Likewise, there is also a strong recommendation for learners to have a relevant subject knowledge or experience in the field they intend to teach.
Of course, as AET is an online course, a desktop PC/laptop is required to complete your coursework.
AET Online VS In-Person
Deciding between an AET course online or in-person depends on your learning style and preferences. Online courses offer you the flexibility to study from anywhere and at your own pace. They suit individuals with busy schedules or those who prefer self-directed learning.
In-person courses offer a more ‘structured’ learning environment. Whether suits you positively or negatively depends on your preferences. However, in the modern world, individuals often prefer the flexibility of online courses. The main consideration is the quality of the education you will receive. This is why we recommend checking the company reviews to ensure that other learners are receiving top level training.
How Much Are AET Training Courses?
The AET course will cost you £245 in full. We also offer an instalments option. You can pay a £50 deposit, and then spread remaining cost across a maximum of 12 equal monthly payments. This totals £295.
The price covers everything you need start to finish; from registration to certification, and all the support you need in between! Start your AET training course today.
How Long Does an AET Qualification Take to Complete?
Generally, learners take around 3-4 months to complete our AET qualifications. However, we have a flexible learning system in place, so you can take up to 2 years if needed. As you can complete the AET course online, all of your coursework can be done at your own leisure. You have 48 Guided Learning Hours and the Total Qualification Time is 120 hours. Therefore keep that in mind when planning how long you intend to take.
Level 3 and Beyond
Upon completing your AET course online, you open up a world of educational opportunities. You’ll have the foundation to teach in a variety of settings, including colleges and training centres. Beyond AET level 3, you might consider advancing your qualifications with higher-level teaching certifications. For instance, the Certificate in Education and Training (CET) or the Diploma in Education and Training (DET). These advanced qualifications can lead to higher teaching roles and responsibilities. This will allow you to make an even greater impact in the field of education.
Additionally, you also have the option to pair your AET course online with Brooks and Kirk’s assessor course; the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement. By obtaining the AET qualification, you can teach in your sector; with the CAVA qualification, you can assess in your sector. These qualifications go perfectly hand-in-hand. In recent years, many employers have required their trainers and assessors to hold both qualifications. If you believe both courses are the right route for you, take a look at our Assessor and Tutor course bundle.
Start your AET course online today.