LRN Level 3 Award in Education and Training (ETAB)

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This QIP covers a vocational qualification which is not listed on the Department for Education (DfE) 16 – 19 performance tables for England.

This qualification is not listed on the DfE 16 – 19 performance tables because it is not designed to meet the requirements of the Key Stage 5 performance tables.

  • England
  • International

Vocational qualifications are either work-related qualifications designed to enable students to gain the skills required to perform a particular job, or qualifications that may be taken as part of a wider study programme or an apprenticeship.

Schools and colleges may offer qualifications that are not included in the DfE performance tables, if approved for teaching to 16-19 year olds by the Secretary of State for Education in England under Section 96, where this is in the best interests of individual students.

The LRN Level 3 Award in Education and Training (ETAB) is designed for students who have limited or no experience of teaching. The qualification is an intensive programme of study which will enable candidates to gain a recognised teaching qualification, with a focus for those wishing to specialise in teaching.

The LRN Level 3 Award in Education and Training (ETAB) is a short course designed to enable a wide range of students to undertake teaching, training, or learning tasks relevant to their own training or teaching situation.

Education context

This qualification is designed for post-16 students and falls under the oversight of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). A significant number of students will undertake these qualifications post-19.

Following its 2012 review of post-19 qualifications the ESFA removed 1,800 qualifications from public funding and a further 1,000 in 2014. In March 2014 the government published a Reform Plan for Vocational Education.

This qualification has not been subject to the same reforms as Applied General and Tech Level qualifications (which are specifically designed for 16-19 year old students). However the ESFA has implemented a new set of business rules for the approval of qualifications for funding, based on the 2013 Review of Adult Vocational Qualifications in England. These rules recognise that adults may have different needs, aspirations and ambitions to younger people and include that qualifications should be:

  • relevant to individuals and employers and affordable for all sizes of business and for individuals
  • rigorous and based on a robust future-looking occupational standard designed and assessed by the sector
  • recognised as worthy of investment, giving a clear signal of the economically valuable skills, knowledge and understanding required in an occupation now and in the future.

Regulation of vocational qualifications

The regulation of vocational qualifications is the responsibility of the respective regulators in each UK country – Ofqual (England), CCEA Regulation (Northern Ireland) SQA (Scotland) and Qualifications Wales (Wales). The regulatory approach undertaken for vocational qualifications is different from A levels. This is because there are no specific qualification criteria for vocational qualifications, as there currently are for GCSEs, AS and A levels. Vocational qualifications must comply with the regulator’s general rules, as is the case with all regulated qualifications.

    The LRN Level 3 Award in Education and Training is recommended for all teachers new to the post-16 FE sector. This could also include adult and community learning, work-based learning, or other parts of the learning and skills sector. This qualification is part of a wider suite of education and teaching qualifications offered by LRN, up to Level 7. This qualification is delivered in FE, HE, and training providers. Delivery can take place on a full or part-time basis.

    Awarding organisation
    • Learning Resource Network
    Qualification code
    601/8643/4 (LRN Level 3 Award in Education and Training [ETAB])

    There are three mandatory units for this qualification:





    Understanding roles, responsibilities, and relationships in education and training




    Understanding and using inclusive teaching and learning approaches in education and training




    Understanding assessment in education and training




    Subject areas

    Education and training.

    • Level 3

    Level 3 qualifications regulated to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) in England and Northern Ireland and the Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales, though many may be offered on a three-country basis.

    Level 3 is broadly aligned to the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Level 6 / 7.


    Pass or Fail.


    The qualification is assessed by a combination of:

    • assignments set and marked by LRN
    • observation of teaching or training – the teaching is a simulation of teaching (micro-teaching) to peers on the course (referred to as a 30-minute micro-teach), marked by the centre and moderated by LRN
    Contribution of assessment components to overall grade

    Candidates must achieve a pass grade in each unit to gain the qualification.

    Each assignment and practical component contributes 25% to the overall grade of the qualification. 

    Resit arrangements

    Candidates whose assignments do not meet all the assessment criteria are allowed to resubmit once only.

    Guided/notional learning hours
    120 hours
    Guided/notional learning hours notes

    Guided learning hours (GLH)


    Self-study (SS)


    Formative assessment

    3 hours

    Total assessment time  (TAT)

    7 hours

    Summative assessment

    4 hours

    Total qualification time

    210 hours (GLH+SS+TAT)

    UCAS Tariff points

    LRN Level 3 Award in Education and Training (ETAB)

    Grade Points
    P 16


    Key issues for UK HE admissions

    There are a number of key considerations for HEPs when reviewing vocational qualifications that are not listed on the DfE 16 – 19 performance tables for England:

    • Some of these qualifications are occupational, and may not be designed specifically for progression to HE.
    • Applicants holding these qualifications may be school or college leavers, however, some may be more mature students who are likely to have other relevant experience alongside these qualifications.
    • These qualifications may have been taken as part of a wider study programme or an apprenticeship.
    • If they are presented for admission to HE it is likely to be in conjunction with other qualifications.

    Higher education providers can expect to receive applications from UK and overseas applicants holding the LRN Level 3 Award in Education and Training (ETAB).

    Timing of assessments/results for learners

    Examinations are available all year round.

    The timescales in which LRN issues its results is between four to six weeks upon receiving the candidate results from the test centre.

    Qualification date
    Starting from 01 Jun 2016
    Qualification dates notes

    This is a current qualification.

    Reporting and certification information

    The results of this qualification are not reported to UCAS through Awarding Body Linkage (ABL). This does not reflect the validity of he qualification. HEPs will need to ask applicants to provide their own evidence of achievement.

    View the results available through ABL.

    There are no registrations or certifications to date on this qualification.

    The reporting of certificates is through quarterly reporting to Ofqual.

    Progression information

    On successful completion of the ETAB, students may wish to progress to:  

    • other qualifications at the same level in education and training
    • higher level qualifications in education and training
    • vocational qualifications in a non-related subject area