Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector
CTLLS is the acronym for the Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong learning Sector. It may be offered to pre-service and in-service candidates on a part-time or full-time basis at level 3 or level 4. The certificate meets the qualification requirements for the associate teaching role. This award comprise of three mandatory units worth a total of 18 credits on the QCF, and optional unit(s) to a minimum value of 6 credits. The total minimum credit value required of this qualification is 24 credits.
If the certificate is achieved prior to progressing to the Level 5 Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector, you will be able to carry forward 15 credits and receive accreditation of prior learning (APL) for the first two units (PTLLS and Planning and Enabling Learning) within CTLLS.
You will be required undertake a minimum of 30 hours teaching practice. This time falls into your non-contact hours within the programme, and excludes micro-teaching or teaching practice completed as part of the PTLLS unit within CTLLS, or 7303 PTLLS Award. Practice completed for the theory assessment at either level 3 or level 4 for the Planning and Enabling Learning unit is also excluded.
You will be observed for at least three hours over a minimum of three occasions of your 30 teaching practice hours. Each observation will be for a minimum of 30 minutes and will be in your place of work.
Teaching observation excludes observed practice completed as part of the PTLLS unit within CTLLS, or 7303 PTLLS Award. The theory assessment in the Planning and Enabling Learning unit at level 3 or level 4, and mentor observations are also excluded.
Teaching practice portfolio
You will be required to keep one teaching practice portfolio across the full programme. The portfolio should be a concise log of teaching practice undertaken and should include your log of 30 hours teaching and evidence relating to your learners, session planning, delivery and evaluation. It will include at least three observations of your teaching by the course team for at least three hours of their teaching in total. It is recommended that you use the pro formas provided.
Reflective learning journal
You will be encouraged to write a Reflective Learning Journal from the commencement of the qualification, which encompasses your own teaching and learning practices and at the completion of each day attended throughout the programme. You may use your own journal format during the course or the pro forma provided.
It is recommended that you register with the IfL as near to the commencement of the programme as possible. Full details and guidance are available from the IfL (website address on links).
Level of achievement
This award may be achieved at level 3 or 4. This would be negotiated following your initial assessment. If, in the future, you aspire to take a full teaching role you may progress to the diploma and claim accredited prior learning (APL), and 15 credits, for the first two units (PTLLS and’ Planning and Enabling Learning’) within the CTLLS.
Minimum qualification and level requirements to enter this award
You should be qualified/experienced in the subject that you intend to teach, have access to 30 teaching practice hours and possess reasonable levels of language, literacy and numeracy.
If you are required to aspire to the full teaching role (DTLLS) you will only be able to carry forward 15 credits and receive accreditation of prior learning (APL) for the first two units (PTLLS and Planning and enabling learning) within CTLLS. You would need to ensure that you had access to 150 hours teaching practice and you may be required to do some top-up work to ensure they can meet the level 4 and 5 standards of the rest of the DTLLS qualification.