Top questions for education and training

28 August 2013

Top questions and answers for training and education

1. Who should I contact if I have queries about training events such as location-based, centre-based, or online training?

Please get in touch with our training team at, who will be able to help you. Unfortunately, the training event booking team does not have a telephone number at this time.

Please note: The email address, along with the telephone number 0844 463 29280844 463 2928, is only for those who wish to become a teacher or an assessor - not for training event booking queries.

2. Is there someone I can speak to about delivery and quality assurance?

You can email your queries to the teacher services team at All information that passes between us and your centre is documented for quality control purposes.

3. Will the NVQs and specialist qualifications count toward headline measures and performance tables?

The only qualification that will count in the headline measures and performance tables will be the BTEC First from 2010 (until June 2014) and then the BTEC First from 2012/13 from 2015 onwards. (Please note that the BTEC First from 2012/13 qualifications will have staggered release dates, and headline measures for some qualifications will not be listed before 2016).

4. Are there any resources for training and education courses?

The materials you can use to deliver QTLLS courses are quite flexible. You can see some of the resources that are available on the Pearson publications website.

You can also use the Assignment Checking Service to have your assignment briefs checked by a member of the senior assessment team. For more information on this and to access the link to submit your briefs, visit the Assignment Checking Service page.

5. What is OSCA?

OSCA (Online support for Centre Assessors) is the online system that facilitates coursework accreditation and provides access to examples of marked candidate work.

For OSCA administrative queries you will need to get in touch with our OSCA team at

For information on quality assurance, assessment, internal verification, Lead IV and the sampling process, please see our Quality Assurance Handbook.

6. Who should I contact if I have queries about special requirements?

Please get in touch with our Special Requirements team at

7. What qualifications do I need in order to teach DTLLS courses?

The PGCE, plus a university Bachelor’s degree, in addition to GCSEs in Maths, English, Science and the subject they wish to deliver, are required for those who wish to teach and assess GCSE, GCE and DTLLS.

For NVQs, the exact level qualification or higher will be required (along with the A1V1 in order to deliver and assess).

For BTECs, the qualification requirements are actually quite flexible. Experience within the subject to be taught is the typical requirement. As the teaching requirements are less strict by government guidelines, it is ultimately down to the centre's requirements for those who wish to teach in their facility for BTECs.

The only requirement that we enforce is OSCA certification, which is a certificate stating that you know how to assess and verify. This test is free and you can find out more by emailing our BTEC team at

For the steps of assessor (1), internal verifier (2), and lead internal verifier (3), you can only be one of these steps or steps 1 and 3 together: you can never be step 1 and 2, or 2 and 3, as this is a breach of trust. In other words, you can't mark your own work and verify it, or verify someone else's work and then lead verify it, as this would be a breach of trust.

8. Does the new Next Generation BTEC First have an exam, and what are the core and mandatory units?

The new BTEC First from 2012/2013 does have a paper-based exam and the core and mandatory units are both mandatory. Please note that the number of core and mandatory units will increase according to the size of the qualification.

9. I would like some clarification on the PTLLs, DTLLs, and DTLLs qualification structure.

In March 2006, Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK) produced a new set of professional standards for teaching in the post-16 sector. These standards represented the first step towards the development of a new teacher qualification framework which has continued to develop in line with the targets set out in Equipping our Teachers for the Future (DfES, 2004). These now have a new set of standards, newly defined teacher roles and sector-defined units of assessment to sit on the new Qualification and Credit Framework.

The new teacher qualification framework (PTLLS, CTLLS and DTLLS)
The new teacher qualification framework consists of a number of units and differently sized qualifications which have been designed to be appropriate for the different teaching roles. It is possible to build up units to achieve the Diploma. The starting point for anyone new to teaching is the Edexcel Level 3 BTEC Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS), a six-credit qualification available at Levels 3 and 4.

Teachers in an associate teacher role will take the Edexcel Level 3 BTEC Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS), a 24-credit qualification available at Levels 3 and 4. There is also a requirement for 30 hours of teaching practice.

Teachers in a full teaching role will take the Edexcel Level 4 BTEC Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS), a 120-credit Level 5 qualification. There is also a requirement for 150 hours of teaching practice.

The levels are designed to enable learners to work at an academic level appropriate to their skills and knowledge. For example, a person who has general qualifications at Level 2 and vocational NVQs at Level 2 would be best suited to the Level 3 PTLLS, whereas a graduate wanting to explore teaching to see if they want to train for a full classroom role would be best suited to the Level 4. Having taken PTLLS, a learner would select which qualification to take next depending on their anticipated role.

Kind regards,

The Education and Training Team

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