December 18, 2019

How will I be assessed on the Diploma in Education and Training course?

How will I be assessed? That’s a big question!

Is your biggest aspiration to become a fully qualified and recognised teacher? Then, enrol onto the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training! Have you already done this? Excellent choice! In order to successfully achieve the qualification, and hold your well-deserved certificate in your hands, you will have to attend not only the lessons, but also be assessed by your dedicated tutors. I am sure you are wondering how you will be assessed.

First of all, you have to remember that the purpose of taking the course is to learn about theories and principles in education and be able to apply them to your own teaching. Therefore, your tutor will have to come and visit you at your workplace (don’t worry, they will never come unannounced! Your teacher will agree suitable dates and times) and observe you while you teach. You are not expected to behave differently when you are being observed just to impress your tutor (no somersaults or cartwheels please, unless you are an acrobatic instructor!); simply, deliver the lesson you have planned and focus on your students. The personalised feedback you will receive from your tutor will help you to integrate the theory into your own teaching practice. This will be beneficial not only to you, but also to your students, as they will experience the improvements you make in planning and delivering lessons.
Secondly, you will have to complete written assignments (case studies, research tasks, reflective accounts etc.) and carry out research, which means reading relevant books, journal articles, watching videos etc,. Carrying out research helps you to understand better a specific topic, but it also shows that your ideas are valid because they can be supported by the work of renowned researchers and theorists. The secret of writing good assignments and meet the criteria is covering what is required by the task and carry out only the right amount of research. After all you are not writing a dissertation!
Remember that you also need to demonstrate your ability to apply the educational theories that you learn about in the classroom in your teaching practice and show a lot of flexibility. Not all theories can be applied to your own practice and some can be applied only partially. This happens because the education and training sector is very vast, and some theories might have been especially conceived for adult learners, for example. If you work with children, it will not always possible to apply the same strategies, as younger students approach learning differently compared to adults.
Being assessed is not just synonym of hard work, but also strong, patient and high quality teaching that you will be able to offer in your classroom.

Author : Benedetta Celeste, educationalist, assessor and tutor for the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (DET)


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