LRN Level 3 Award in Education and Training (ETAB)

ELTB is designed for candidates who have very limited or no experience of teaching.


RQF level



Written assignments and assessed teaching presentation

Qualification Accreditation Number


Total Qualification Time

Total: 148 hours
a. Guided learning hours (GLH): 105 hours
b. Self-study (SS): 35 hours
c. Formative assessment: 4 hours across 3 units
d. Summative assessment: 4 hours across 3 units

LRN Qualifications

LRN qualifications are developed to be relevant, rigorously assessed, and accurately represent a candidate’s abilities and knowledge. These qualifications are well-structured and offer a clear path for progression towards higher education and professional development. In addition, LRN qualifications are valuable as standalone awards, providing assurance to both candidates and potential employers of the candidate’s competence at that level.


This specification provides an overview of the LRN Level 3 Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ELTAB) for candidates, centers, administrators, employers, teachers, and examiners. It outlines the essential features and administrative procedures for this qualification.


The ELTAB program aims to enhance candidates’ knowledge, understanding, and teaching practices related to the English language. This intensive study program enables candidates to obtain a recognized teaching qualification, focusing on teaching English to speakers of other languages or teaching English Language.

Candidate Category

The ELTAB program is suitable for candidates who:

       Seek personal development or practical skills for a teaching career;

       Possess limited or no qualifications or experience in teaching English to adults;

       Desire to develop their understanding and/or obtain a recognized Level 3 qualification in teaching English Language.

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have:

       Proficiency in English across all four language skills (i.e., listening, speaking, reading, writing) equivalent to B1 on the CEFR

       A solid understanding of literacy, numeracy, and ICT equivalent to Level 2

       Access to at least 3 hours of teaching practice in English Language education. While prior basic teaching experience is not required, centers can establish their entry requirements based on their expertise and understanding of the sector’s needs. Initial assessments are crucial to determine a candidate’s suitability for the course.

Knowledge, Skills, and Understanding

Given the qualification’s nature and the required teaching abilities, LRN mandates that candidates possess the necessary knowledge, skills, and understanding of teaching practices and principles.

Support and Recognition

This qualification has been developed with the support of centers currently delivering or planning to deliver qualifications at this level in Education and Training.


Although the qualification’s formal title is the LRN Level 3 Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, it will be branded as ELTAB. LRN will provide accurate information regarding this qualification’s title to centers, candidates, and other stakeholders.


The diverse backgrounds, education levels, and career goals of ELTAB candidates necessitate a range of progression opportunities. Depending on the qualification level achieved, candidates may progress to:

       Level 4 Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (subject to individual Awarding Organization (AO) requirements)

       A degree-level program in a teaching-related discipline

       Any other AO qualification at level 4 or above in teaching or another discipline (subject to individual AO requirements)

Recognition of Prior Learning

Please refer to LRN’s policy on Recognition of Prior Learning to determine if previously achieved qualifications meet LRN’s policy on potential exemptions.

Teaching Qualifications

The ELTAB is designed for candidates with little or no experience in teaching the English language. This intensive study program requires a full commitment and covers three units: language awareness and analysis, planning and managing the teaching and learning process, and the practical application of teaching skills in ELT.

Mode of Delivery

This qualification can be delivered within centers or through distance learning. Centers must demonstrate to LRN, via the center recognition process, that they possess the resources, facilities, and competence to deliver the qualification using either method. Centers may apply to offer both methods if desired. However, centers must meet LR N’s criteria, proving they have the means, capability, capacity, and resources (including suitably qualified staff) to deliver the chosen method. Regardless of the delivery method, centers must ensure that practical teaching is observed and assessed.

Language of Assessment

LRN is committed to using clear, unbiased, and plain English that is accessible to all candidates. LRN will ensure that assessment materials, stimuli, and the assessment process itself are conducted in English.

Credit Values and Rules of Combination

Although determining credit is no longer mandatory, LRN has chosen to continue applying credit to its qualifications. Each unit within a qualification has a credit value and a level. The credit value indicates the number of credits awarded to a candidate who has achieved the unit’s learning outcomes. The level represents relative demand, complexity, depth of achievement, and autonomy.


The learning time is a notional measure indicating the average time it takes for a candidate at the unit’s level to complete the learning outcomes to the standard determined by the assessment criteria. Learning time encompasses activities such as directed study, assessment, tutorials, mentoring, and individual private study. The unit’s credit value remains constant across all contexts, regardless of the assessment method or mode of delivery. Candidates will only be awarded credits for the successful completion of whole units.