Teaching & Preparation for Life and Work

Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (TAQA 6317)

Unit 301

Award in understanding the practices and principles of assessment - You complete this unit if you wish to gain knowledge and understanding of assessment but do not wish to carry out assessment of learners. 

Unit 301 and 302

Award in assessing occupational competence in the work environment - This award qualifies you to assess learners in their working environment.

Unit 301 and 303

Award in assessing vocational skills, knowledge and understanding - This award qualifies you to assess learners in an educational/training workshop environment.

Unit 301, 302 and 303

Certificate in assessing vocational achievement - This certificate qualifies you to assess in both types of environment.

Who is this course for? 

The course is suitable for those who are either already assessing as part of an assessment team and  / or wish to be involved in assessing and need a suitable qualification. You can take various routes (see above) and each is priced differently. If you achieve all three units you will receive the Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement, anything less than three units will result in an Award.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course except for being aged over 19 for the knowledge unit (301) However for units 302 and 303 it is required that you have access to two learners, an awarding body and have access to an internal quality assurer (IV, IQA). Furthermore for unit 302, you need to be vocationally competent in your subject matter. Our service may have learners that you could utilize, please contact us to discuss.

What will the course cover?

The full certificate covers three units: 301, 302 and 303.

Unit 301 is a knowledge unit – understanding the practices and principles of assessment

Unit 302 involves assessing learners in their working environment and the assessor must have occupational / vocational experience in the area in which they will be assessing.

Unit 303 involves assessing learners in an educational / training workshop.

The course covers:

  • The function of quality assurance
  • The function and key concepts of assessment
  • The roles and responsibilities of the Assessor
  • Involving the learner in the assessment process
  • Planning for assessment
  • Avoiding risk in assessment
  • Legal issues, policies and procedures
  • Records of assessment

What could I do when I have finished this course?

If you only study for unit 301, the knowledge unit, you can at a later stage add the other units, once you are assessing for an awarding body. If you achieve the full certificate, you are qualified to undertake the role of an approved assessor for an educational provider. If you achieve the full certificate, you could progress and apply to study for a Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance Processes and Practice.

Where and when will I learn?

This course will run for two taught sessions per term on Tuesday evenings 6pm -9pm at the Coleridge Centre. The remainder of the course involves distance learning undertaking an assignment (301) and evidence gathering (302 and 303) and there will be tutorial support in place. If a learner is studying 301 only, it is expected they will complete in four to six weeks. If a learner is studying 301 and 302 / 303, a 12 week period is in place for completion.

What should I bring with me?

For your first session, please bring a pen, paper and your National Insurance number.

How much will the course cost?

Studying Unit 301 only is £150 including course fees and registration.

Studying Units 301 and 302 and / or 303 is £450 course fees including registration*.

*There will be a reduction of £100 if learners already possess unit 301(derived from a Level 3 Award in Education and Training qualification).

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601 text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk. Alternatively contact the course lead / tutor, Lindsay Ogle at lindsay.ogle@darlington.gov.uk.

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City & Guilds Level 3 Award in Education and Training (6502)

Who is this course for?

This course is perfect for you if you want to teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector or you are a Trainer or Tutor who has no teaching qualifications.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

You must be aged 19+ and be educated to English Level 2 or hold a GCSE in English grade A* - C.  Previous teaching experience is not essential.  All teachers in lifelong learning would be expected to possess both literacy and numeracy skills to Level 2.  Candidates will be initially assessed by way of a short piece of academic writing.

What will the course cover?

  • The roles and responsibilities of a teacher
  • The role of the assessor
  • Teaching methods and assessments
  • Learning styles
  • Establishing ground rules
  • Embedding functional skills into lesson plans
  • Legislation and codes of practice
  • Inclusive learning and Equality & Diversity
  • Completion of three assignments including a 30-minute micro teach delivery

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You could apply to teach in the lifelong learning sector. You could progress to the Certificate or Diploma in Education and Training or be exempt for the first part of a PGCE / Certificate in Education (the qualification has a credit value of 12 on the Qualification and Credit Framework and replaces the previous PTLLS qualification).

Where and when will I learn?

This course will run 3 times a year – September, January and April for 12 weeks, one evening (Wednesday) a week, 6pm – 9pm.  The course will be held at the Coleridge Centre, Darlington, DL1 5TY.

What should I bring with me?

For your first session, please bring a pen, paper and your National Insurance number.

How much will the course cost?

Course fees are £350, including registration fee.

What shall I do next?

For further information, please contact the course tutor, Lindsay Ogle, on (01325) 405601 or email Lindsay.ogle@darlington.gov.uk

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Drug and Alcohol Awareness Level 1

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for people who would like to work with people who misuse drugs and alcohol. The course is to increase your knowledge and awareness of drug and alcohol related issues in young people and adults.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, only the enthusiasm to learn and develop new skills around substance misuse in a relaxed, friendly environment.

What will the course cover?

The drug and alcohol awareness includes a wide variety of learning methods including formal presentations, group activity and hypothetical situations exercises. The course covers:

  • Developing an understanding of why people may misuse substances
  • Recognising the psychological effects of substance misuse
  • Developing awareness of how substance misuse can impact on health
  • Developing problem solving skills
  • Developing plan / do / review / evaluate skills
  • Developing knowledge and skills around substance misuse
  • Attitudes towards alcohol and drugs
  • Drug and alcohol the facts
  • What is Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Common controlled drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Legal highs

The course will start with a welcome and introduction to the course, a discussion of individual goals and course content over the next 10 weeks.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After you have completed this course, you could progress to a Drug and Alcohol Awareness Level 2 course, although this is not currently offered by the Learning & Skills Service.

Where and when will I learn?

This course will run over 10 weeks, one evening a week for 3 hours at the Coleridge Centre, Darlington. The course will run for 10 weeks, 3 hour sessions on Tuesday evenings. 

What should I bring with me?

Please bring a note pad, an A4 file and a pen.

How much will the course cost?

This course fee is £16.50.

What shall I do next? For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk

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Easy Pace English

Who is this course for?

This course is for adult learners who feel they struggle with the basic skills of English and who wish to improve their everyday reading and writing skills. 

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, only a willingness to learn in a friendly and supportive environment.

What will the course cover?

Learners will set their own learning goals to improve their English, primarily their reading and writing skills.

Each lesson will include learning activities such as small group discussions, reading activities, speaking and listening activities, completing worksheets and weekly spelling tests. Each learner will complete work in the lesson to use outside the sessions to support their learning.

A relaxed and informal atmosphere is encouraged. Learners are encouraged to share appropriate personal knowledge, skills and experiences within a respectful and confidential environment.  

Where and when will I learn?

The course is delivered one afternoon a week at First Stop for 10 weeks; each session is 2 hours.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

Learners may progress to Entry level English, Functional Skills in English.

What I should bring with me?

During the course all resources will be provided. However, it will be useful for learners to bring their own folder to store notes, work sheets etc for revision purposes outside of sessions. 

How much will the course cost?

The course is free.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk

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Introduction to Working with Children and Young People Level 1

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for people who would like to work with children and young people. The course will help to improve your knowledge and skills when working with children and young people.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, only the enthusiasm to learn and develop new skills working with children and young people in a relaxed, friendly environment.

What will the course cover?

Each week, we will focus on different skills.

The course covers:

  • Developing an understanding of sectors and services
  • Recognising the importance of team work and communication
  • Safeguarding
  • Challenging discrimination and prejudice
  • Developing problem solving skills
  • Developing plan / do / review / evaluate skills
  • Developing knowledge and skills around substance misuse

The course will start with a welcome and introduction to the course and a discussion of individual goals and course content.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After the successful completion of this course you will have the opportunity to progress on to Introduction to Working with Children and Young People Level 2.

Where and when will I learn?

This course will run one evening a week for 3 hours over 10 weeks at the Coleridge Centre, Darlington.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring a note pad, an A4 file and pen.

How much will the course cost?

Course fees are £16:50 for the 10 weeks.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk.

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Working with Children and Young People Level 2

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for those who have an interest in working with and a passion for making a difference in the lives of children, young people and families. You must be keen, motivated and enthusiastic.  This course will challenge and push you to examine your values and beliefs, but ultimately it will give you the next step on the ladder towards your goal of working with children, young people and families.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

This course is suitable for those who have either already completed the Introduction to Working with Children and Young People Level 1 course, have a similar previous introductory qualification or have substantial experience of working with children and young people.

What will the course cover?

There are 2 units in this qualification:

Unit 1: Working with Families – this outlines the different types of family units, discusses the child / young person as part of the family, explores the impact of working effectively with people and focuses on the nature of relationships.

Unit 2: Child Protection – this outlines what Safeguarding means to all of us, our roles and responsibilities, signs and indicators of abuse, dealing with disclosures and procedures (next steps).

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to progress to a related course, such as the Level 3 Access to HE Diploma in Working with Children and Young People.

Where and when will I learn?

This course will run one evening a week for 3 hours over 10 weeks at the Coleridge Centre, Darlington.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring a pen and notepad.

How much will the course cost?

Course fees are £27.50 for the 10 weeks.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk

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Learn to Read and Write

Who is this course for?

This course is for adult learners who feel they struggle to read and write and who wish to improve their everyday reading and writing skills. 

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, only a willingness to learn in a friendly and supportive environment.

What will the course cover?

Learners will set their own learning goals to improve their reading and writing.

Each lesson will include learning activities such as small group activities, reading information, completing worksheets and creating posters. Each learner will complete work in the lesson to use outside the sessions to support their learning.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

Learners may progress to Entry Level English, Functional Skills in English.

Where and when will I learn?

The course is delivered one afternoon a week at First Stop for 10 weeks; each session is 2 hours.

What should I bring with me?

It will be useful for learners to bring their own folder to store notes, work sheets etc and for revision purposes outside of sessions. 

A relaxed and informal atmosphere is encouraged. Learners are encouraged to share appropriate personal knowledge, skills and experiences within a respectful and confidential environment.  

How much will the course cost?

The course is free.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk

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