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City & Guilds 7303 - FAQs

The aim of this page is to answer some questions you may have.

Will I be qualified to teach adults at the end of the course?

Unfortunately, no!
This is the first Unit of both the Certificate to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector and the Diploma to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector It gives 6 credits on the Qualifications and Credit Framework and has to be completed by all new teachers within one year of commencing employment.

What will I need to do?

  • Submit a portfolio.
  • 30 minute microteach session.
  • Write a short personal statement or CV.
  • Write or prepare theory and practical based tasks (7 of each).

What do I need for my portfolio?

  • A ringbinder file.
  • Cardboard dividers.
  • Plastic wallets.

Details of how you should build your final portfolio are included in the guidance section of this CD.

Proforma of the City and Guilds’ forms can also be found on this CD.

What do I need to do to achieve Level 4?

Level 4 work needs to include evidence of personal research by references to books, journals and/or internet sources and includes a bibliography using the Harvard system (the guidance section will help).

Level 4 work MUST be word-processed (Arial 12 – double spaced please)

You will be working at Level 4 unless agreed otherwise. All work must be your own and you should include a word count at the end of each assignment.

What else do I need to know about the Level 4 PTLLS?

  • To gain Level 4, all assignments have to be submitted and passed at Level 4.
  • Some HE or FE colleges require Level 4 PTLLS for admission to the DTLLS.

I’m worried about the microteach - what is it?

A short session (30 minutes) where you can show off what you have learnt on the course.

An observer (and your peers) will give you feedback on your teaching skills based on set assessment criteria.

The topic for the microteach can be anything you like – it does not have to be something that you teach already or want to teach - some people choose a hobby or topic of personal interest.

The only conditions are: it has to be interesting; you have to know the topic you are presenting; you have to use a range of strategies; you have to include all the group; you have to be able to achieve your objectives in 30 minutes.

It might be recorded.

How will I learn?

You will learn through a ‘blend’ of teaching and learning strategies including e-learning, co-operative group involvement, exposition and personal research.

The basis of the course is individualised learning through guided reading and activity tasks.

You will attend an induction session and present a microteach to your peers.

What is a learning journal?

It is similar to a log of each assessment task you complete except that you have to include some analysis.

The proforma includes the following sections:

  • The main points I have learnt from this assessment task are:
  • How I could develop my delivery as a result of this assessment task.
  • How I could develop my knowledge as a result of this assessment task.
Now: Make a note of any other questions you have thought of and email your tutor to find the answers.


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