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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 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

Course Delivery and Support

The course is delivered by either blended learning or as classroom based. You are expected to meet all course requirements regardless of the method of delivery. There should be evidence of learning and meeting all the assessment criteria.

Fast track is also available to candidates who can work at a faster pace and have access to learning opportunities. You will also be expected to have the capacity to meet all course requirements within a shorter time scale and ideally have evidence of prior learning.

Classroom

This is the ideal course delivery as it allows all practical requirements to be demonstrated and observed in realtime. All course requirements will need to be completed within the classroom.

Blended Learning

This mode of learning is ideal for candidates who want to complete part of the course by distance learning. All practical requirements of the course will need to be demonstrated or carried out either during classroom attendance or observed in realtime by video.

Distance Learning

This mode of learning is ideal for candidates who want to complete the course entirely or mostly by distance learning. Evidence of practice will however need to be provided in the form of work products, expert witnesses, observations or any other appropriate and suitable method that demonstrates your competency.

All candidates will be allocated an assessor on enrolment. Your assessor will also have the dual role of being your tutor. You can request tutorials and support anytime.

All candidates will have access to coursework, resources and learning opportunities. You will also have access to course events, which includes forums, web conferences, and face-to-face sessions.

Assessment

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 foundhere.

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

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 it means studying at Level 5?

You will be assessed at the same level as someone completing the second year of an undergraduate degree. Achievement at Level 5 reflects the ability to identify and use relevant understanding, methods and skills to complete tasks and address problems that, while well defined, have a measure of complexity. It includes taking responsibility for initiating and completing tasks and procedures as well as exercising autonomy and judgment. You will be expected to use references and reflect awareness of different perspectives or approaches within your area of study or work.

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.

How long is the course?

We are often asked how quick someone can complete this course? This depends on a number of factors which includes your own commitment, quality of evidence, time, assessment opportunities and the ability to study at a higher level. It will also help if you have evidence of recent prior learning (That fully address the assessment criteria) and have access to resources and opportunities that will enable your learning. that will enable you to actively participate in course activities.

Candidates 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. By the end of the course you will be expected to demonstrate how you have met the recommended guided learning hours and total qualification time. This will involve submitting evidence showing reasonable participation in activities hosted by Vocational Learning. We however expect you to complete the course within 4 to 10 weeks.

Certification

Your certificate will come from an Ofqual regulated awarding body. We currently use TQUK, ITC First and ICQ for certification. Once your portfolio of evidence has been successfully signed off by both the internal and external moderator your certificate will be requested from the awarding body. Certificates are normally processed within 14 working days. Once we receive your certificate it will be forwarded to you by first class recorded delivery.

Enrolment (Costs and Signing up)

Your course fee includes registration, support, learning opportunities, assessments, moderation and certification. There are no hidden fees. You are only enrolled when we receive your payment for the booking. Payment is normally expected within 5 days from your booking. We are however flexible with corporate bookings where this time could be extended. The full cost of the course is £375. We also accept a payment plan paid by a deposit of £200 and one monthly instalment of £200.