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VTCT Level 4 Award

Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector


The VTCT Level 4 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (QCF) is a vocationally recognised qualification focused towards those pursuing a teaching career in further education.

Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector or PTLLS as it has become more commonly known, is available at Level 3 and Level 4. This award is designed to equip a wide range of teachers, trainers and facilitators with the underpinning skills and knowledge to enable them to practice effectively.

PTLLS provides a sound introduction to teaching/training and is suitable for those who are new to or wish to start teaching or training, or experienced practitioners who would like to secure professionally recognised teaching/training qualifications.

One of the main benefits of completing this award is that it provides a ‘threshold licence to practice’, a requirement within current legislation for all those teaching/training within the Learning and Skills Sector*. This award will enable you to work in a teaching function and progress on to a broader teaching qualification.

This award has and continues to be a mandatory requirement for any new teacher/trainer who teaches on publicly funded provision and must be completed within the first 12 months of employment.