West Thames College London

Award in Education and Training Blended Learning

93% success rate in 2015/16 AET course.

The Award in Education and Training is an introduction to teaching in the post 14 education and training sector. It is designed to give you an insight into the roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training; teaching and learning approaches; session planning skills; delivery of inclusive sessions which motivate learners; and using different assessment methods and record keeping.

Attendance for this course will be via online blended learning. The online course is delivered using Moodle, the college's virtual learning environment. You will also attend a small number of face-to-face sessions which will be held on Wednesdays from 5-8pm.

Courses begin in November or March.

Online blended learning:

  • Wednesdays 5pm to 8pm, starting 1 November 2017 for 13 weeks
  • Wednesdays 5pm to 8pm, starting March 2018 for 13 weeks
Key course features


City & Guilds 6502

Level: Level 3

Mode: Part-time

Start Date: 01 November 2017

Who is this course for?

People considering teaching or teachers who are new to employment in the education and training sector – further and higher education, adult and community education, work based learning, private training companies or voluntary organisations.

About the course

You will study:   

  • Roles, responsibilities and relationships in the further education and training sector
  • Understanding inclusive learning and teaching
  • Using inclusive learning and teaching approaches
  • Principles of assessment. 
Staff profiles

Tracy Jackson: Tracy has more than 20 years' teaching experience. She started teaching at West Thames College in 2001 working in the ESOL department before moving to Teacher Education. Before West Thames College she taught English in Barcelona for two years and then worked in Tokyo for three years. She is currently the Programme Coordinator for the DET/ProfGCE and also teaches on the AET and CELTA courses. Her interests include English language teaching and mental health.

Cathy Xuereb: Cathy started teaching in Slovakia in 1995 and since then has worked in the UK in both the public and private sector, mainly as an English language teacher, a teacher trainer on CELTA courses, an IELTS examiner and an academic manager. She now works for the British Council accreditation scheme and at West Thames College she is part of the teacher training team delivering CELTA and AET courses.

How will I be assessed?

You will complete assignments and a microteach. You will be expected to show evidence of some reading and research in your assignments and show how this could improve practice. All assignments should be word processed.

Where next?

You may wish to go on to the Diploma in Education and Training (DET)/PGCE in order to achieve a full teaching qualification.

Entry requirements

You should have a qualification or extensive experience in the subject you intend to teach, and GCSE English and maths or equivalent. IT skills are desirable. Applicants who do not have GCSE English or maths may be admitted to the course at the discretion of the course leader. You should be prepared to take a literacy assessment during the interview.

If you need advice before you apply, please call Tracy Jackson on 020 8326 2189 or email tracy.jackson@west-thames.ac.uk.


This is a full cost course and no concessions are available.

How to apply?
Please complete the online application form. We will then contact you about an interview.


  1. Shazia Khan

    Certificate in Education

    Shazia Khan

    “The classes are enjoyable and comfortable. The tutors push you to do your best and you’re completely supported. It’s the best place to work and to study. I initially worked in a support role at the college, but from September I’m going to be teaching on the supported learning courses.”


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