The Teacher Training Academy

We offer a range of courses based in Essex.

Teacher Training Courses:

There are a number of teacher training courses for further education. Please be aware however that the level 3 award and the level 4 certificate are part of the full level 5 Diploma in Education and Training. To obtain the level 5, you would go through all the units within the levels 3 and 4 courses, in addition to a few more units (some at level 5) to complete the full level 5 diploma.

The level 3 teacher training course is an introductory qualification that will help you get your foot in the door as a trainee teacher. It is the level 4 and 5 qualifications that are essential to become an independent teacher.

The qualifications we offer are listed below.

  • Level 3 Award in Education and Training (formerly PTLLS)
  • Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training (formerly CTLLS)
  • Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (formerly DTLLS)

For the teacher training courses where we offer classroom learning, we cover the Essex area.  However, we will cover outside of Essex too via our online learning and smart assessing. Our tutors will also come to you where required.

We’ve answered some common questions from students below. To see how our courses are delivered and the payment options available, have a look at steps 2 and 3 below. Then enrol via step 4. We look forward to teaching you!

Frequently asked questions – teacher training explained…..finally!

So, what do we actually offer? And what are all these teacher training courses all about? We get many questions on a daily basis from confused students wondering which option is the best to take. So, we’ve answered some of these questions for you below:

Question 1: What are the various routes in to teaching?

Right, here we go! You can either qualify to teach within the further education sector which includes all colleges, sixth forms, private training providers and more. Predominantly, this route qualifies you to teach post 16 education. Which is what we focus on. These are the teacher training courses we offer:

  • Level 3 Award in Education and Training (formerly PTLLS)
  • Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training (formerly CTLLS)
  • Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (formerly DTLLS – coming soon!)
  • There’s also the Cert-Ed and Professional Graduate Certificate in Education – the adult learning version of the PGCE

However, if you have qualified to teach in further education, that doesn’t mean you can’t teach pre-16. With a little further training via a form of ‘bridging course’, you can make the transition in to pre-16 education. This also depends on the school employing you.

So, there is also the other route, which is for pre-16 education. These qualifications we do not deliver. But, as above, you can still teach within a school with the other qualifications since they were updated.

But, more traditionally, the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE for pre-16 learning) is the typical route for university graduates looking to get in to teaching. There are other routes for pre-16 too, but all end up with a form of PGCE for pre-16 in the end.

We hope that clears a few questions up for you!

Question 2: For Further Education (FE), do I need any other qualifications?

Many vocational courses, A-levels and BTEC courses require some form of assessing. Especially vocational training and apprenticeships! In addition to your teaching qualification, you can also qualify as an assessor.

Yes, this is also a course we offer (click on the ‘ASSESSOR TRAINING’ tab).  Assessing vocationally related achievement is the typical course most teachers do. This is an excellent qualification to have as it allows you an additional income stream.

This is because you can assess in your specialist subject for many training organisations!

There is also the level 4 Internal Quality Assurance qualification (Click the ‘QUALITY ASSURANCE TRAINING’ tab). This qualifies you as a specialist in your area. Not only are you qualified to teach and assess, you are now qualified to assess the assessors.

Meaning you are the one who ensures resources, assessment and teaching is up to scratch and in line with national standards. You will be observing teaching sessions, assessments and sampling paperwork. All to ensure the teaching and assessment processes are top notch.

Question 3: What are the benefits of having a diploma in education and training?

This is the top level qualification for further education; along with the Cert-Ed and PGCE. You are fully qualified as a teacher. Meaning you can then go on to obtain your QTS status – which is basically putting together a portfolio to show your experience.

You will essentially be at the top of your game. But don’t have any illusions, the course is both rewarding and challenging.


Assessor courses in Essex and the UK:

This is an excellent qualification. As we’ve already stated in our answers to some common questions in the teacher training courses section, this is essential for many vocational training qualifications; where you are involved in educating somebody towards a new vocation – career.

Assessing is also essential for students studying NVQ qualifications and especially apprenticeships.

What this means is that with this qualification, there are two benefits:

  • Completing one of our assessor courses will fulfil a potentially essential or desirable requirement in a job application
  • Assessors for many vocations are in demand. Meaning you can do some freelance assessing for colleges, training providers and many more, for a very attractive daily/hourly salary.

There is also another benefit to studying one of our assessor courses. If you have studied one of our teacher training courses, you will have already covered one of the essential units for the qualification! Meaning your workload will be MUCH less.

How are assessor courses delivered?

Assessor courses are typically delivered via distance learning. Have a look at our distance learning tab below under step 2; choose your study option.


Quality Assurance Courses (IV and EV):

Quality assurance comes in three main qualifications;

  • Level 4 Internal Quality Assurance
  • Level 4 in Leading Internal Quality Assurance
  • External Quality Assurance (not delivered by academy at this stage)

Our quality assurance training is coming soon in early 2018.

What are Quality Assurance Courses?

We’ve explained a little about this training in our teacher training courses section, along with the added financial benefit. But here’s a little more info for you:

In short, quality assurers are there to ensure qualifications are being delivered to national occupational standards. They get involved in observation of lesson delivery and assessments. They also sample student and assessor paperwork to ensure tutors and assessors are following the proper admin procedures and maintaining professionalism.

We will keep this website updated as soon as we start delivering these qualifications.


What is distance study?

Distance study is the method of study whereby you use tailored resources to study your course from home and/or from the work place if your study is specifically for the job you are doing.

For example, assessor courses require you to create a portfolio using live students that you assess as part of your current role. Therefore, your studies would be based around assessing students and putting together the necessary paperwork, whilst completing worksheets and other paperwork with the guidance of your tutor/assessor. All work submitted on courses like this are done online using clever assessing technologies.

Which courses are distance study?

You can study the following teaching and assessing courses online:

Teacher Training Courses:

  • Level 3 Award in Education and Training
  • Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training (some circumstances may require some workshop/classroom support depending on the student)

Assessor Courses:

  • Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocational Related Achievement

What courses are offered full-time?

The following courses are offered full-time, along with details on how they are delivered:

  • Level 3 Award in Education and Training (one of our teacher training courses): This course is delivered intensively over 3 days, with a fourth day for assessment and an additional home-study/optional attendance workshop to complete any outstanding worksheets. An extra one week extended deadline is allowed for those who need a little more time to complete any paperwork.

All other courses are either required to be delivered on a part-time basis, or through distance study, such as part of additional training whilst already employed in a relevant position.

Part-Time, Blended Learning:

All part-time courses are delivered via a blended learning model. This means that you will enjoy a blended mix of home study and classroom learning.

The classroom learning is either delivered on an evening during the week or a weekend day if required. Your tutor will then guide you and let you know exactly what you need to do when studying at home.

This option is suitable for those that enjoy the additional benefit of classroom support, but at the same time can keep motivated to complete set tasks from home.

This is also ideal to fit around your current commitments such as full-time work or family life.

Which courses are offered with part-time study?

  • Level 3 Award in Education and Training
  • Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training
  • Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (coming soon)

All assessor courses are delivered as part of work based study and distance learning.


VASBA: This option also pays your course fees for you. Your repayments are then made over monthly instalments that are interest free. You only EVER pay back the original course fee amount.

You can spread the fees, interest free for between 6, 9, 12 15 or 18 months depending on the size of the course fees.

For example, courses less than £650 can be spread up to a maximum of six months. Courses over these amounts can be spread up to 15 and even 18 months depending on the amount.

Prompt repayment, 9 months or less, results in a discount from your fees.

This is not a loan like the 19+ option above so it doesn’t appear on any credit searches. If you are in a financial position to afford small to medium sized monthly repayments, this is the better option for you. The VASBA option is available for ALL of our courses:

For more information on VASBA, click the image below to visit our dedicated page on this funding option:

Government funded 19+ Advanced learner loan: this is only available for full qualifications, such as the level 4 certificate in education and training or the level 5 diploma in education and training.

It is an excellent opportunity because your course fees are paid for you by the government department known as the Skills Funding Agency.

You then don’t pay anything back until you are earning over £21,000 per year. Example repayments start from £7 per month on a salary of around £22,000 per year.

Please note however that the whole time you are not repaying your student loan, interest accrues. Meaning your loan grows a little larger every year it isn’t paid. The interest rate is very small, but this can still result in your original loan amount becoming much higher over a prolonged period of time.

For more information, click the image below to go through to our dedicated page on 19+ Advanced Learner Loans:

Pay Upfront and get 20% off

This one is short and sweet. Pay the course fees up front and receive a 20% discount off your course fees.

Would like to pay the fees up front but haven’t got the funds saved?

Many students have paid the course fees up front using their credit cards in the past. Some have used the Paypal monthly payments option in their Paypal account to pay the course fees up front.

Either way, you get to pay the course fees up front and still spread the cost over a monthly basis with your credit card company or Paypal.

These are also good ways to pay the course fees as long as you are responsible when using credit.

However you do it, paying up front is always a good way to pay the fees as you get 20% discounted off! Furthermore, if you settle the fees using your own credit card, as long as you are responsible, you can pay them back via low monthly repayments.

If this is your preferred choice, click the pay upfront button in step 4, complete the enrolment form and pay your discounted course fees.