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 5AG. (See list of courses for start dates)

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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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. (See list of courses for start dates)

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. (See list of courses for start dates)

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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Food Hygiene

Who is this course for?

This qualification is ideal for anyone working in the catering and hospitality industry (or those about to start work in the industry). The HABC Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering (QCF) is accredited and recognised internationally and has been developed to protect customers, brand reputation and profits.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, only the enthusiasm to learn in a relaxed, friendly environment.

What will the course cover?

Subjects covered include hazards and controls, food safety management and temperature controls, food poisoning control, personal hygiene, cleaning and disinfection, food pests, and the role of the food handler in keeping food safe.

It is assessed by a multiple-choice examination, where the candidate must answer at least 20 out of 30 questions correctly. The examination will take a maximum of 1 hour to complete

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You will be given information and guidance to progress onto other courses at the end of this course.

Where and when will I learn?

This course will run at the following venues and times: 

  • 2nd August, 9.30am – 3.30pm at Central House, Gladstone Street
  • 11th September, 9.30am – 3.30pm at Coleridge Centre
  • 14th November, 9.30am – 3.30pm at Central House, Gladstone Street

What should I bring with me?

Please bring a pen and paper.

How much will the course cost?

The course fee is £40 per person.

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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NCFE Level 1 Award in Substance Misuse Awareness

Who is this course for?

This qualification is suitable for all members of the public, aged 19+ and will provide them with accurate and up to date knowledge at a basic level on substance misuse.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

This qualification is designed for a wide range of learners wishing to raise their awareness of substance misuse.

What will the course cover?

This qualification aims to raise awareness of the personal and social consequence of substance misuse.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to progress onto NCFE Level 2 Award in Substance Misuse or other NCFE Level 2 Certificated qualifications Learning & Skills offer such as Common Health Conditions, Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication in Health-Care setting or Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infection in Health-Care settings.

Where and when will I learn?

This course will run on Thursday evenings 4pm - 6.30pm at the Coleridge Centre, on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 3rd October for 4 weeks
  • Tuesday 28th November for 4 weeks

What should I bring with me?

You will need to bring a pen and some paper, although a workbook will be supplied and an eagerness to learn more about this subject.

How much will the course cost?

This 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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Entry Level 1 Award in English Skills

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for those who want to develop their skills in English which will enable them to build confidence and provide a foundation for further study towards a GCSE in English, a Functional Skills in English, a move into employment or as a stepping stone to higher level study. Learners will gain knowledge of communicating, reading and writing.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no formal entry requirements for learners undertaking this qualification. Learners will range from those with emerging skills in communication, reading and writing to those who are starting to apply their developing knowledge and skills to everyday situations.

What will the course cover?

This course will provide the learners with an opportunity to:

  • Build their confidence in using English and develop their skills in communicating information, taking part in discussions, filling in forms, reading and understanding everyday words and texts and writing
  • Achieve a standalone qualification that offers a route to further learning and gives recognition for progress in English skills
  • Work in detail on identified areas of English that need further development and to prepare the learner to progress on to other relevant qualifications such as the NOCN Entry Level Awards in English Skills at Entry 2 and / or Entry 3, Functional Skills qualifications or, eventually, GCSE in English
  • Gain the knowledge and skills required to prepare for further learning and employment and to make progress in their function at home, work and in the community

What could I do when I have finished this course?

Learners can progress onto Functional Skills, GCSE or employment.

Where and when will I learn?

This course will run on Friday 10am – 12 noon at Crown Street Library for 15 weeks.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring a pen and notepad.

How much will the course cost?

This 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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English for Speakers of Other Languages ESOL – non accredited

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at those who live in England and whose first language is not English.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course.

What will the course cover?

Learners will be able to communicate in everyday situations in English at beginner’s level.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

Learners will be encouraged to join an ESOL qualification at a National Level, or a Functional Skills class.

Where and when will I learn?

This course will start on Friday 28th April, from 12.30 – 2.30pm and will run for 10 weeks at Crown Street Library.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring a pen and notepad.

How much will the course cost?

There is no charge for this course.

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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