What is the course about?
This course is ideal for teachers and trainers who have current or recent experience in teaching or training adults over 18, either in a college environment or workplace training. You will gain further understanding of how adults learn, how to design and deliver inclusive learning and how to support the progress of your learners. You will also explore, practice and reflect on the skills you will gain on the course. You cannot enrol directly for this course. Use the link 'Start assessment' to fill in an online application form, which includes an initial assessment section. For more information you can also contact us by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or ring us on 020 7492 2537.
What will we cover?
The course includes topics related to your roles and responsibilities, linked to the four stages of the teaching/training cycle:
Stage 1: Identifying needs - understanding how adults learn, their barriers and motivations
Stage 2: Designing and planning learning - understanding ways to structure active and inclusive learning
Stage 3: Delivering learning - understanding and applying methods that support impactful learning
Stage 4: Assessing and evaluating learning - understanding how to check and record learning and progress and evaluate effectiveness in achieving outcomes for learners.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Reflect on your roles and responsibilities as a teacher/trainer in relation to the teaching and learning cycle
• Apply appropriate strategies to maintain a safe and supportive learning environment
• Plan and deliver sessions in which you will:
* use appropriate teaching methods and resources that support active learning
* promote Equality and Diversity and British values
* embed English, Maths, employability, digital and wider skills
• Apply a range of methods to assess learning and give constructive feedback
• Reflect on your practice, using peer and tutor feedback to continously improve your practical skills
• Plan and deliver a successful microteaching session in which you demonstrate delivery of impactful and inclusive learning
To gain the qualification, you will need to:
• Attend 80% of the course (we strongly recommend 100% attendance, especially on our blended courses)
• Engage with our online resources between sessions, as directed by your trainer, and complete a series of reflective activities
• Successfully complete written assessmentsand
• Plan and deliver a successful microteaching session
• Evaluate your microteaching session based on peer and utor feedback
• Observe an experienced teacher in your subject area and evaluate their practice.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a level 3 vocational course for teachers/trainers.
In order to get the most from this course and present yourself as a teacher, you will need to be able to:
• express yourself clearly, fluently and accurately, both verbally and in written English
• research, read, comprehend and extract key information from resources and text
• write concisely, applying accuracy in grammar, punctuation and spelling
• have effective interpersonal and communication skills
• be competent and confident in use of technology and applications
• have excellent study skills, including time management and organisation to manage independent learning.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This programme is designed for supporting self-study, using online resources and activities. There are 6 classroom-based sessions that you are required to attend. We recommend a buddy system, as peer learning is known to be most effective in supporting learning.
In the classroom your trainer will model effective teaching practice. Your learning will be facilitated through:
• Participating in large and small group activities, eg. brainstorm, discussion, presentation and other active
• Receiving direct instruction from your trainer
• Participating in simulated teaching
You are required to participate in all activities; this is an opportunity for you to develop as a teacher/trainer through experiential learning and becoming a reflective practitioner.
For independent study you will be expected to:
• Access resources from Google Classroom, our online learning platform, and use them to develop your knowledge and understanding of effective teaching and learning
• Organise your study and manage your time efficiently
• Submit draft assignments to given deadlines
• Set targets and review your individual learning plan throughout the programme. Actual classroom attendance: 15 and 16 Feb; 4 and 5 April; 16 and 17 May 2020.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
We will supply appropriate online learning material and task sheets in the classroom, as required.
The recommended text book is: Gravells, A (2014) The Award in Education and Training - Further Education and Skills. (Revised edn) Learning Matters Limited. Our library has a range of books and e-books and journals to support your study. We also recommend that you bring your own devices (eg. laptop, tablet, etc) to the classroom sessions for the purpose of supporting your learning (free wifi access is available).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Further learning: The next level of teacher training is the Certificate or Diploma in Education and Training. Unfortunately we do not run these at City Lit. However, we do run CPD workshops from time to time and will send this information to our alumni, to further support your development in specific areas of good teaching practice.
Employment: You can look for paid/voluntary opportunities in teaching groups of adults in the adult, community and further education sector. You may also want to deliver training in your place of work or consider working as a self-employed trainer.
At the end of your course, your course trainer will discuss your progression and give you appropriate advice on future professional development.