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Introduction to the course

Welcome to this City and Guilds 7303, Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) course (distance/blended learning option).

PTLLS is the first Unit of both the Certificate to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS) and the Diploma to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS). The qualification is a mandatory requirement during the first year of service for all new teachers/trainers joining the Learning and Skills sector after September 2007.

PTLLS is a one-unit qualification with a value of 6 credits on the Qualifications and Credit Framework. It can be achieved at Level 3 or Level 4 although it is anticipated that all candidates registered for this delivery mode will work at Level 4 (unless agreed otherwise with your tutor).

The PTLLS qualification is assessed by two assignments – one theory and one practical. Within each of these theory and practical assignments there are 7 tasks or questions numbered T1 – T7 for the theory tasks and P1 – P7 for the practical tasks. You will be required to collate all your evidence, for both the theory and practical assignments, in a portfolio (ring binder file) at the end of the course.

As this is an introductory one-unit, 6-credit course, you do not need to research or read about any of the topics in great depth although it is expected that reference to some additional reading/research will be included in each task.

The delivery of this qualification will be by a variety of strategies including:

  • Face to face induction, microteach and evaluation sessions.
  • Individual reading and research based on the contents of the course disk.
  • Interactive activities and additional tasks through the VLE and/or identified websites.
  • Tutor support by email or face to face (if necessary).
  • Peer group support (if appropriate).

This course has been designed to meet the 10 pedagogy approaches of:

  • Co-operative Learning.
  • Differentiation.
  • Embedding Literacy, Language and Numeracy.
  • Experiential Learning.
  • Learning conversations.
  • Modelling.
  • Multi-sensory learning.
  • Relating theory to practice.
  • Using e-learning and technology.
  • Assessment for learning.

Cooperative Learning:

You will be completing this course alongside a group of your peers and you will be able to develop your interpersonal and small group skills through participation in the induction, microteach and evaluation sessions. You will also be advised to participate in a peer support group through email, VLE forum, chat room or other medium. You will be required to negotiate course ground rules at the induction session.


The blended learning programme will allow you to work at your own pace. You will be given guidance about the topics you should research but you will be able to choose how deeply you explore each topic. The course includes a range of varied strategies although it will be primarily learner-led with you taking responsibility for your personal development. Your tutor will support you by email and if necessary, face-to-face meetings. If you find that you are not able to complete the course at Level 4, your tutor will advise you about the requirements for assessment at Level 3.

Embedding Literacy, Language and Numeracy

There are only a few opportunities for the embedding of Numeracy on this course although some Numeracy topics such as percentages and statistics may be found in the activities.
Literacy and Language skills embedded in this course include:

  • Making notes of relevant points.
  • Summarising information into own words.
  • Understanding educational jargon, abbreviations and acronyms.
  • Organising your ideas and plan assignments.
  • Writing essay based assignments in an academic style.
  • Proof reading an assignment for spelling and grammar mistakes.
  • Including references in assignments.
  • Completing a bibliography (Harvard system).
  • Taking part in group interactions either verbally or written.
  • Presenting information to your peers.
  • Finding information in books by using the index and skim reading.
  • Researching topics on the Internet.
  • Sending and receiving messages using email.
  • Organising work into a portfolio of evidence.

If you require help with your study skills, ask your tutor who will be able to guide you to the relevant support.

Experiential Learning

This course will give you the opportunity to reflect on and review your previous experiences and to relate these to your teaching role. You will be guided towards websites and documents where you can research topics before applying the theory to your practice. The course will introduce you to case studies and scenarios in order to develop your application of skills and you will have practical experience of a teaching situation during your microteach.

Learning conversations

Throughout this course you will be able to hone your skills by reflecting on both your personal learning and the process of learning. You will review your progress and learning with your tutor through the submission of draft and final assignment tasks, identifying ways to improve or develop. You will have opportunities to communicate with your peers through electronic support media and through the centre-based sessions.


You will be able to model your practice for your peers during the microteach presentation and will be able to observe the delivery strategies of your peers. The content of this course will introduce a wide range of teaching and educational language, which you will be able to use appropriately in the content of your submitted work.

Relating theory to practice

The aim of this course is to introduce you to the theories of adult teaching, which you will be able to apply to your own practice with learners. By applying theory to practice you will be journeying through the learning cycle by: planning to experiment, trying out new ideas, reflecting on the experience and developing theories and concepts.

Using e-learning and technology

This blended learning course is designed to use e-learning and technology through provision of the course disk and the VLE. In addition, you will be guided to websites on the Internet where you can research in more depth, read articles and access audio, video or interactive material. You may decide to experiment with additional electronic media; perhaps by recording your learning journals to disk using a digital voice recorder (ask your tutor first); video recording of microteaches etc.

Assessment for Learning

At each stage of the course, you will want to know how you are progressing. Your tutor will provide you with clear and constructive feedback on both your draft and final assessment tasks. For each task, the course disk includes details of the assessment criteria and how you should achieve this. You will also take part in peer review and self-assessment through reflection on your personal development.

After you have read all the guidance notes, you should start working on the theory tasks. It is suggested that you complete these in order (your tutor will have agreed submission dates with you).

All the tutor team wish you every success and hope you enjoy this learning package.


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