Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector

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Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) was an initial teacher training qualification, studied at QCF Level 3 or 4, for teaching in Further Education (FE) and the lifelong learning sector of education in the United Kingdom.

The PTLLS was the lowest of the teaching qualifications specifically for this sector of education, the others being the Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS) and the Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS) qualifications. Following successful completion of the PTLLS a student could have taken the more advanced courses CTLLS and after that DTLLS.

The PTLLS was the first stage of a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) in Lifelong learning and was previously required en route to the CTLLS and DTLLS to gain Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status. It was a requirement that all teachers obtain PTLLS or the equivalent to be able to continue to teach in the further education sector in the UK.

The PTLLS was phased out along with the CTLLS and the DTLLS, and replaced with the Award in Education and Training qualification at QCF Level 5.[1]

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