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19 May 2016

Who is the Level 3 Award in Education and Training Qualification designed for?

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You may be wondering who the Level 3 Award in Education and Training Course is suitable for. Some people who attend may not be in a teaching role but wish to progress into this field, or others may already be in a teaching role and are required to have this qualification to validate their status as a teacher / tutor either internally within the organisation, or externally as a requirement of an Awarding Body such as Edexcel, City and Guilds OCR etc.,

The Level 3 Award in Education and Training (formerly PTLLS) has become the threshold qualification for anybody who wishes to teach within the ‘Lifelong Learning sector’. This sector encompasses any form of ‘Adult Further Education’ such as work based training, voluntary sector learning, in-house company training, community learning, prison / offender or probation services, further education colleges, armed forces; in fact, anything which is not compulsory initial education. This sector has now become known as ‘The Further Education and Skills Sector’ and has also now been changed to encompass 14 years and above who may be being educated in a more vocational capacity.

The Level 3 Award in Education and Training is therefore not a ‘train the trainer’ course it is very much about understanding the holistic role and responsibilities of a ‘teaching professional’. You may wonder what the difference is between a teacher and a trainer; as somebody who is providing learning to their students and potentially assessing them and providing them with a qualification at the end of the learning process, you are effectively furthering their education and providing them with professional qualifications to support this. With this role comes the responsibility to meet not only your organisational requirements but also those of the awarding body who will have quite stringent quality assurance processes in place which must be met by yourself.

Hence the Level 3 Award in Education and Training covers a variety of units to ensure that upon completion you are able to:

  • Identify
  • Plan for
  • Deliver
  • Assess

and finally

  • Evaluate ……. The complete learning process

The role of a teacher should be to teach or train your subject in a way which actively involves and engages your learners during all of your teaching sessions. This means that not only must you ensure that you are ‘teaching’ effectively, but also that your students are ‘learning’ effectively. Too often we can fall into the trap of delivering a ‘presentation’ of knowledge based factual information and wondering why our students are not retaining the knowledge or passing any assessments at the end.

Learning can therefore be defined as something which is permanent as a result of a learning intervention or development activity. The result of ‘learning’ should be a change in knowledge, skill, behaviour or attitude and should be long term. You cannot say that you have learnt something say a telephone number if you cannot remember the number after dialing it. The role of a teacher should be to teach using methodologies which aid this retention.

Really ‘effective teaching’ is about identifying stimulating, engaging, motivating and inclusive teaching methodologies to ensure students relate to the subject matter and retain learning.

The role of a teacher therefore starts way before you ever step into the classroom; it involves:

  • Identifying needs – finding out what your organisations, 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, materials and resources to ensure you cover the full curriculum or specification, and liaising with anybody else involved in the delivery of the programme
  • Facilitating Learning – teaching, training and facilitating delivery of your lesson using a variety of stimulating, engaging and motivating approaches and resources and managing the behaviour of your learners in a positive manner
  • Assessing learning – checking your learners have gained the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding at all stages throughout their time with you, using informal and formal types and methods of assessment and giving and 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, being aware of your own CPD requirements, ensuring quality systems are in place to record key information

You now have an overview of some of the key roles and responsibilities of the role of a teacher within further education. This will form the basis of the content of the Level 3 Award in Education and Training course. The qualification requires written assignments to demonstrate an understanding of the knowledge gained.

For further details on the Level 3 Award in Education and Training courses run by Concept Academies including, venues and dates contact us on:

02476 889402

Or check out the following link on our website:

Education and Training Courses

 

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