Adult and Community Learning

This includes education and training in the wider community, often in community venues, aimed at learners post 19. Often this happens as evening classes in local centres.

Award in Education and Training (AET)

A level 3 introductory course to teaching in the sector. 30 hours of study often over 10-12 weeks in a college.

Certificate in Education and Training (CET)

A level 4 course of 120 hours, 36 credits including teaching practice providing a foundation to teaching in the sector.

Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS)

The Certificate in Teaching in Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS) is the 2007 associate teacher qualification. This does not encompass the full teacher role. The focus is more on delivering learning (skills and/or knowledge) and assessment often using readymade lesson plans and materials.

Continuing professional development (CPD)

This relates to keeping yourself up to date and includes all aspects of personal training and upskilling in your particular area.

Diploma in Education and Training (DET)

The 2013 full teaching qualification is the Diploma in Education and Training. Confusingly it is often referred to as a PGCE (PCET) or Cert Ed by universities who offer it. DET and PGCE (PCET) are the same qualification and employers do not discriminate on the basis of the title or where you obtained the qualification. It is offered at level 5 or above. The DET will be superseded by the Diploma in Teaching – FE & Skills (DiT) from September 2024.

Diploma in Teaching – FE & Skills (DiT)

The full teaching qualification for the FE & Skills sector from September 2024 is the Diploma in Teaching – FE & Skills. However it may still be called a PGCE or Cert Ed by universities.

Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS)

The 2007 full teaching qualification is the Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS). Also sometimes referred to as a PGCE (PCET) or Cert Ed by universities who offered it. DTLLS is still regarded as a full teaching qualification for the sector although most providers have now moved to offering the DET (see above).

Education and Training Foundation

The sector led body charged with raising standards in teaching leadership and workforce development in the sector. For more information see ETF.

English for speakers of other languages (ESOL)

This is the provision of English classes for those whose mother tongue is not English.

Further education (FE)

Essentially FE is all state funded education and training below degree level after the age of 16 (and some 14-16 as well). 

Higher education (HE)

Higher education is that delivered at university level: for example, degrees and some professional qualifications, etc. Usually above level 3 (A level equivalent), it can also be found in FE colleges and other providers.

Higher education institutions (HEIs)

These are providers of higher education (see above), usually but not exclusively universities.

In-service

This means while you are actually already employed in the sector.

Practitioner

Anyone who practises a particular profession or trade. A teacher is in effect a teaching practitioner.

Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS)

The first module of DTLLS is called Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) and can be taken separately.

Pre-service

This means before you are employed in the sector.

QTLS

QTLS – Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills – is the professional status for the sector. The route to QTLS [Professional Formation] is available to members of SET.

SET

The Society for Education and Training is the professional membership body for the sector. 

Specialist colleges

These are FE colleges that have a particular specialism, for example agricultural colleges.

Technical courses

These are work related and often practical training courses.

Work-based training

This means any training which is delivered in the work place itself. Usually technical, it can also include basic skills such as basic maths and English.