Observation of Teachers Qualification

Level 5 Certificate in Observation of Teaching and Learning

The Level 5 Certificate in Observation of Teaching and Learning course is mainly for qualified and experienced teachers who undertake formal observations of colleagues delivering teaching or training sessions. The aim of the course is to develop your skills and knowledge in undertaking teaching, training and learning session observations and post observation feedback processes.

Vocational Learning encourages candidates to submit naturally occurring evidence from their work environment to demonstrate competency against the practical requirements of the course. We welcome other evidence such as prior learning and do not just rely on assignments. This can include schemes of work, assessment reports, course resources and communication records.

The course has a 60 hours guided learning requirement. The expected total qualification time is 200 hours.You are usually expected to complete this course within 4 to 10 weeks.

Course Delivery and Support

The Level 5 Certificate in Observation of Teaching and Learning course is delivered by either online, distance, blended learning or as classroom based. You are expected to meet course requirements regardless of the method of delivery.Distance learning will stretch you as you need to self-motivate and work against the pressures of studying alone.

The Level 5 Certificate in Observation of Teaching and Learning Course

You will need to fully participate in online activities and provide multimedia evidence whenever possible.You will be expected to complete the course between 3 to 10 weeks. Candidates who are committed and work hard can study the course fast track and complete within a few weeks.

The full cost of the course is £360. You can also pay using a payment plan by making a deposit of £105 and three monthly instalments. Each instalment will be £105.

On enrolment every candidate will be allocated an assessor who will also be their tutor and the first port of call for all assessments and learning needs. You will have access to resources, coursework, tutorials, events, forums, web conferences, and face-to-face sessions. We regularly host support sessions during the day, night and weekends.

You will be expected to participate in an induction session to fully understand how to use our learning management system (Access), locate resources and your coursework. This induction can either be face-to-face or online. You will need to have a discussion with your assessor to negotiate and agree your learning and assessment plan. You are expected here to discuss about any needs, targets, practical requirements (if applicable) and declare any prior learning you wish to be considered. Your assessor will draft your “Holistic Assessment Plan” which will reflect your needs. The plan will also contain information about assessments, ground rules and expected course end date.

Course Structure

To be awarded the Level 5 Certificate in Observation of Teaching and Learning you will be expected to achieve a minimum 20 credits by completing the following unit:

Unit 1: Observation of Teaching and Learning


The Level 5 Certificate in Observation of Teaching and Learning course is assessed by a portfolio of evidence which you have to compile and submit at the end of the course. The assessment process will involve a range of methods such as prior learning, assignments, reflective accounts, witness statements, questioning, observations of practice and work products.

You will normally be expected to complete one short question, reflective account and three observation reports. Candidates who wish to be considered for a placement will need to apply by completing the form found here.

You will need to carry out at least three observations. Each observation should be a minimum 30 minutes.

How long is this Level 5 Teacher Training Course?

We are often asked how quick someone can complete this course? This depends on a number of factors which includes your own commitment, time, assessment opportunities and the ability to study at a higher level. It will also help if you have evidence of prior learning and have access to resources that will enable you to actively participate in course activities. Learning partners joining the course with evidence of prior learning and credits will obviously be able to complete quicker than someone without. If you invest more time on the course such as 15 hours a week then you will most likely complete earlier compared to someone who commits only 2 hours for the same period.

Entry Requirements

You need to be a qualified teacher or have experience in teaching. You will also be expected to have basic numeracy, literacy and IT skills in line with national occupational skills for teachers and have access to candidates for the observations.

You are required to have access to the internet, computer, printer and a word processor that can open and produce Microsoft Word Documents ending with the extension ‘.doc’. Candidates without Microsoft office are advised to consider free software such as Open Office. You, however, need to ensure your documents are saved and submitted for assessment as word documents ending with the extension ‘.doc’?

What can l do after completion?

The qualification can be used in its entirety.You can go on to complete Level 5 Certificate in Learning and Development, Level 5 Diploma in Learning and Development or complete other higher education courses including degrees.

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