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

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The LRN Level 3 Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ELTAB) is designed for learners 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 learners with an internationally recognised qualification that proves their language teaching abilities.

The qualification is suitable for learners 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 learners 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.

Schools and colleges may offer qualifications that are not included in the performance tables, if approved for teaching to 16-19 year olds, where this is in the best interests of individual students.

This qualification is not listed on the 16-19 performance tables.

Education context

This qualification 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 learners (or peers) in session(s) to be formatively assessed

Subject areas

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

  • Level 3

This is a Level 3 qualification which is regulated by Ofqual, and which sits on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

Level 3 is the same level as A levels and comparable to SCQF Level 6.


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

Learners 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

Learners 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

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

FY 2016 to date

Registration – 100

Certification – 90

The reporting of certification is through quarterly reporting to Ofqual.

The results of many UK qualifications are reported to UCAS through Awarding Body Linkage (ABL).

  • A levels and results from larger awarding bodies are reported automatically
  • IB results are only reported with the candidate’s permission
  • Some results are not reported through ABL; this does not reflect the validity of the qualification.

View the results available through ABL

Where results are not available through ABL, HEPs will need to ask applicants to provide their own evidence of achievement.

Progression information

The ELTAB reflects the wide variation in learners' 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 learner 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)