LRN Level 3 Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ELTAB)

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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 Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ELTAB) is designed for students who have limited or no experience of teaching English language. The qualification is an intensive programme of study which enables candidates to gain a recognised teaching qualification, with a focus on those wishing to specialise in teaching English to either speakers of other languages, or for those who wish to teach English Language. The ELTAB provides students with an internationally recognised qualification that proves their language teaching abilities.

The qualification is suitable for students new to teaching who wish to build their confidence and skills. The ELTAB is also suitable for those who are experienced in teaching and wish to consolidate their skills and experience. The additional benefit to students achieving this qualification is that it provides the ability to specialise in a certain area. The ELTAB qualification is also a good foundation for candidates who wish to study for a further qualification in teaching English.

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 Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages can be accessed by anyone wishing to extend their knowledge and understanding of the teaching sector and to consolidate their learning into a formal qualification. This qualification is delivered in FE, HE, and training providers. Delivery can take place on a full or part-time basis. This is a stand-alone qualification in the teaching sector which is based on the Cambridge Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT).

Awarding organisation
  • Learning Resource Network
Qualification code
601/8223/4 (LRN Level 3 Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages [ELTAB])

The qualification covers the knowledge and skills required by teachers/trainers who wish to progress their career in English Language Teaching (ELT). There are three mandatory units for this qualification:







Language Awareness and Analysis in practical support of ELT





Planning and Managing Teaching and Learning in ELT





Applied teaching practice in the ELT classroom



Minimum three hours teaching practice

Minimum one hour (as one session or spread over two sessions) followed by formative assessment

Minimum five students (or peers) in session(s) to be formatively assessed

Subject areas

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

  • Level 3

Level 3 qualifications which are 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 assessment consists of the following:

  • Units 1 and 2 are assessed by written assessments, which are externally set and marked by LRN;
  • Unit 3 is assessed by one lesson observation and a teaching practice portfolio. This is internally marked by the centre against criteria issued by LRN and moderated by LRN.

LRN will follow its standardisation policy to ensure its own assessments (by examiners) and those carried out by centre staff (against criteria set by LRN) are applied consistently, fairly, and accurately.

Contribution of assessment components to overall grade

Students must achieve a Pass grade in each unit to gain the qualification.

Each assessment component contributes 33.33% to the overall grade of the qualification.

Resit arrangements

Students whose assessment do not meet the assessment criteria are allowed to resit once only.

Guided/notional learning hours
53 hours
Guided/notional learning hours notes

Guided learning hours (GLH)


Self-study (SS)


Formative assessment

3.5 hours across three units (four hours max)

Total assessment time  (TAT)

8 hours

Summative assessment

3.5 hours across three units (four hours max)

Total qualification time

96 hours (GLH+SS+TAT)

UCAS Tariff points

LRN Level 3 Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ELTAB)

Grade Points
P 8


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 students holding the LRN Level 3 Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ELTAB).

Timing of assessments/results for learners


Examinations are available on demand all year round. However, centres must submit their application for assessment at least 30 days before the candidate wishes to sit this examination.  

Candidate results

LRN will issue its results between four to six weeks upon receiving the candidate assessments from the test centre.

Qualification date
Starting from 01 Mar 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 the qualification. HEPs will need to ask applicants to provide their own evidence of achievement.

View the results available through ABL.

From 2016 to date

  • Registration – 100
  • Certification – 90

The reporting of certification is through quarterly reporting to Ofqual.

Progression information

The ELTAB reflects the wide variation in students' origins, levels of education, and career aims. Progression opportunities may, therefore, take a variety of paths. Depending on the level of qualification achieved, it may be appropriate for the student to progress to:

  • Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Level 4 (subject to individual awarding organisation (AO) requirements)
  • other suitable provision at Level 3
  • any other qualification at Level 4 or above in teaching or other discipline (subject to individual AO requirements)