The Award is an introductory qualification for anyone wanting to teach or train others in the further education and skills sector. As it’s an introductory qualification it will not fully qualify you as a teacher, but it will give you a good idea of what it’s like to teach. You can then take a further teaching qualification if required. The Award is ideal if you are not yet in a teaching role, have just started teaching, or just want to know what’s involved. It is the first step on the teaching qualifications' ladder and is offered at level 3 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).
The Award in Education and Training
It is for anyone who wants to teach or train in the following contexts:
· adult education
· armed, emergency and uniformed services
· charitable organisations
· community education
· further education colleges
· higher education institutions and universities
· immigration and detention centres
· on site learning centres
· prisoner and offender centres
· private sector learning
· probation services
· public sector learning
· schools and academies
· sixth form colleges
· voluntary sector learning
· work based learning.
To take the Award, you should:
• be aged 19 or over
• have a reasonable command of English, maths, and information and communication technology (ICT)
• be prepared to study in your own time i.e. reading, research and completing assessment activities
• have a specialist subject in mind that you would like to teach
The Award is made up of the following three units at level 3 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).
· Understanding roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training (3 credits)
· Understanding and using inclusive teaching and learning approaches in education and training (6 credits)
· Understanding assessment in education and training (3 credits) There are equivalent units from the Learning and Development qualification:
· Facilitate learning and development for individuals (6 credits)
· Facilitate learning and development in groups (6 credits)
· Understanding the principles and practices of assessment (3 credits).
There are rules of combination which state which of the equivalent units can be used instead of unit two and three of the Award units. To achieve the Award, you will need to gain a total of 12 relevant credits.
The teaching, learning and assessment cycle
· Identifying needs – finding out what your organisation’s, your own, and your potential learners’ needs are, finding out why learners are taking the programme and what their expectations are, carrying out initial and diagnostic assessments, agreeing individual learning plans, ensuring learners are capable of progressing to their chosen destination
· Planning learning – preparing teaching and learning plans, and materials to ensure you cover the requirements of the programme, liaising with others
· Facilitating learning – teaching, training and facilitating learning using a variety of approaches and resources, obtaining feedback to make improvements
· Assessing learning – checking your learners have gained the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding at all stages throughout their time with you, using formal and informal types and methods of assessment, obtaining feedback to make improvements
· evaluating learning – obtaining feedback from others, evaluating your role, and all aspects involved with the learning process in order to make improvements for the future. Evaluation could also take place after each stage of the cycle.
You will be required to deliver a short session, usually to your peers, known as micro teaching, and then evaluate your practice. If you are currently in a teaching role, it may be possible to be observed with your own learners in your teaching environment.
If you are already teaching, known as in-service it would be useful to have a mentor. This is someone who is a teacher in the same subject area as yourself. They can give you ongoing support and advice throughout your time working towards the Award.
How you are assessed towards achievement of the Award will differ depending upon who you are registered with. The organisation you are taking the qualification with will register you with an awarding organisation (AO). Each AO will specify how you will be assessed, for example, assignments, case studies, written work and projects. Some might have a more academic focus, i.e. require formal writing and the use of research and referencing. Others might assess holistically, i.e. assess aspects of more than one unit at the same time. Whilst the delivery and assessment methods might differ, the content of the qualification will be the same no matter who you are registered with.
Each unit consists of learning outcomes and assessment criteria. You will complete various assessment activities to demonstrate your skills, knowledge and understanding throughout your time taking the Award. Some of your work will be sampled by an internal quality assurer (IQA), and possibly an external quality assurer (EQA) to ensure it meets the requirements.
Once you have completed the BTEC Level 3 Award In Education and Training you will be able to start your teaching journey as it allows you to go straight into teaching in your given field those aged 16 or over. If you would like to expand your knowledge and become equipped to teach younger age groups but this will require further training. For more information on this please do not hesitate to contact ourselves here.
The course is now entirely online on our canvas system so you will be able to learn at your own pace, you will have around 6 weeks to complete this and you will have access to a tutor throughout. Once you have completed the course you will be required to come into our centre and complete a micro teach in order to display your competency. During the entire process you be able to contact a tutor by telephone or email with any queries you may have.
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The course is fully funded if you in are reciept of universal credit or alternatively it is available commercially at a price of £550.
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