At the Axiom Dynamics Training Academy, one of the most popular questions we get asked is ‘How long does it take to complete the Level 3 Award in Education and Training?’, so today we would like to welcome back one of our learners who has recently just accomplished that.
Ann (we are keeping Ann’s surname confidential) achieved her L3 Award in Education and Training (AET), within five weeks of starting, proving again that you can complete this course very quickly if you dedicate time to your studies.
In this blog, we will ask Ann a series of questions that will hopefully give a ‘learner insight’ as to what it is like to do this course, hints and tips for along the way, support received as she progressed through her portfolio and what it was like to finish and receive her certificate at the end.
Axiom Dynamics Training Academy (ADTA). ‘So Ann, what have you been up to since you completed your Level 3 Award in Education and Training?’
Ann. ‘The first thing I did was take a few days off to relax and enjoy the fact that I had completed the course, but then I started to look at what my options were. I had a plan in my head of what I wanted to do before I started the course but that has since changed since I completed it’
ADTA. ‘Ok, I will come to that later, but if I can ask first, what made you take the Level 3 Award in Education and Training?’
Ann. ‘I’ve worked in the beauty industry for over ten years now and I felt that I wanted to pass on my knowledge and experience to the next generation that were only starting their journey in this sector. I did some research into what I needed to do and the Level 3 AET was the course I needed to be able to teach beauty therapy’.
ADTA. ‘How did you end up choosing Axiom Dynamics as other companies are offering the same courses?’
Ann. ‘Again, I researched companies that offered the Level 3, but from reading some of your other blogs about the support you gave to learners, it was an easy choice to make. Other providers did appear to be less expensive at the outset, but when you read the small print, you had to pay for books, additional time, assessments and also to be certified at the end. The Axiom Dynamic’s price included everything, with no extra costs, which is what I wanted.’
ADTA. ‘What made you take the course online?’
Ann. ‘Simple. Online was the most convenient way for me to complete the course as I could do work on it where and when I wanted. I didn’t want to have to travel to a venue for three or four days and take time off work so this way suited me best.’
ADTA. ‘Even though the course was online, did you have much interaction with your course tutor?’
Ann. ‘Yes, I did have interaction with my tutor. Once I booked onto the course, I was invited onto a Zoom call with another three learners, all of which had just registered too. This small group was great as I felt I could ask questions even though I didn’t know anyone else on the call. Our tutor took us through the layout of the portfolio and explained where everything was. He also showed us the link to the Facebook Group for learners doing any of the Education and Training, Assessor or IQA courses with Axiom Dynamics. When I submitted my assignments, I always received feedback within a few days. This was great as it allowed me to continue and quickly progress through the rest of the portfolio.’
ADTA. ‘What support did you receive from Axiom Dynamics?’
Ann. ‘Once I registered for the course, my portfolio was with me within a few minutes which was good as I could get a look through it straight away. I then had the Zoom call that I talked about earlier with the guys were we went over the portfolio, so I knew where everything was. When you register on the course you receive two e-textbooks and also the Axiom Dynamics Level 3 Award in Education and Training Delegate Pack. This pack contains further information on every unit of the course and also website and reading lists. These can be used as reference points even when you have finished the course, as they will still apply when you start to teach in a classroom. Within your portfolio there are templates for you to use. This means you don’t need to spend time putting these together as everything is there for you. I must say, these resources were great to have. They were what I needed and I used them to answer my assignment questions and help me prepare for my micro-teach.’
ADTA. ‘You are way ahead of me Ann as my next question was, how did you find the assignments?’
Ann. ‘The assignment questions, I found ok. Once you read through the theory in the textbooks and delegate pack, it all makes sense. One of the textbooks gives you a guide to answering the questions, which is a great help. I followed this and then added my industry experience and examples. When I submitted my assignments, I didn’t have to repeat anything, as my answers were exactly what the assessor was looking for when it was being marked. Using the textbooks is key to getting through.’
ADTA. ‘Ok, so the assignments were fine, but what about the micro-teach? How did you find that?’
Ann. ‘I have to admit I was nervous at the prospect of having to stand in front of a class and do this, but if you want to be a teacher, trainer or tutor, it’s what you need to do, so you have to get on with it! You can pick any subject you wish, which is great, as you can choose something you know lots about. The Delegate Pack I found very helpful as it gave loads of tips and hints on preparing for your micro-teach. Things like structuring it, what to include in it and the resources you can use. In your portfolio, there are videos you watch to complete your Peer Observation module. I found these useful as I could see the difference between a good teacher and a bad one, so I used this learning for my micro-teach. Fifteen minutes also goes very quickly. You will be amazed at once you begin, how soon the time is up. For me, I kept practising it until it flowed smoothly. Once you do it, though, it all seems so real and the buzz is electric; I wanted to do mine again.’
ADTA. ‘How good did it feel to complete the course and what are the next steps for you?’
Ann. ‘It felt unbelievable. I wouldn’t have been the most academic at school, so I was both delighted and proud when I passed the course. It felt like I had really achieved something.
As for the next steps, my plan was initially to teach a few classes per week, but that has changed, as I’m now looking at the prospect of opening my own beauty therapy academy. At the minute, I am currently working towards the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA) with Axiom Dynamics. This will allow me to assess tutors and help them gain further qualifications within the industry. It’s a very exciting time for me and I’m looking forward to what the future holds.’
ADTA. ‘Finally, Ann, any last words you would like to share?’
Ann. ‘I talked about doing this course for quite a while before I decided to go for it, so the one thing I would certainly say to anyone considering taking this qualification is not to delay any more. If you want to do it, get registered now as it covers so many industries and sectors, not just beauty. Axiom Dynamics will guide you through the process and have all the material and resources you will need to help you pass the course. If I can complete it within five weeks, then so can you!’
Note: At the Axiom Dynamics Training Academy, we would all like to thank Ann for taking part in this session. Ann has also kindly agreed to take part in another session where she will explain what it was like to complete the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA).
Level 3 Award in Education and Training
The Level 3 Award in Education and Training, (formerly known as PTLLS), is devised to give learners the knowledge, expertise and confidence to teach in the post 16 education sector at a nationally accredited standard. This could be as a trainer in the private training industry or as a teacher/lecturer in further education.
This Level 3 teaching qualification is ideal for those in the following sectors:
- early years
- first aid
- health & safety
Understanding roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training
The purpose of the unit is to enable the learner to understand the role and responsibilities of a teacher in education and training and the relationship between different professionals in education and training.
Understanding and using inclusive teaching and learning approaches in education and training
The purpose of the unit is to enable the learner to understand and use inclusive teaching and learning approaches to meet the needs of learners. It includes how to create a learning environment that engages and motivates learners, and the planning, delivery and evaluation of inclusive teaching and learning. It requires the learner to deliver a microteaching session and to evaluate their own delivery practice.
Understanding assessment in education and training
The purpose of this unit is to enable the learner to understand how different types and methods of assessment are used in education and training. It includes ways to involve learners in assessment and requirements for record keeping.
There is also a micro-teach requirement for this qualification. Learners must deliver one 15-minute micro-teach session that is observed and assessed by a member of the delivery team.
If this is something you are interested in, please do not hesitate to get in contact here.