Course Type / Attendance

Part Time

Subject Area


Start Date


Course Length

1 Year




Adult, Employers



Course Level


Home / Course / Level 5 Certificate in Observation of Teaching and Learning

Who is this course for?

This qualification is for qualified and experienced teachers who undertake formal observations of colleagues delivering teaching or training sessions and is suitable for those who manage a team of observers. The qualification develops skills and knowledge in undertaking teaching, training and learning session observations and post observation feedback processes. Individuals who already have observation experience will still benefit considerably from this course as it provides recognition of their skills.

What do you need to apply for the course?

Learners must be qualified and experienced teachers. It is essential that learners have good English language skills at or above GCSE Grade C, as well as a good understanding of teaching and learning skills, and how learning takes place.

It is also essential that learners have a good understanding of:

  • Learning activity planning
  • Formative assessment
  • Teaching and training delivery methods
  • How learners learn
  • Differentiation
  • The active promotion of equality and diversity in learning contexts
  • Learning session and behaviour management
  • General (not vocationally specific) health and safety and hygiene issues applicable to learning situations.

What are the key things you'll learn?

You will:

Understand the purposes and possible impacts of a range of observation types

Know how to prepare for, conduct observations and feedback in an ethical and professional manner

Be able to make, standardise and moderate judgements

Be able to report on observed sessions in a format appropriate to context and situation

How you will learn

You will participate in a range of teaching, learning and assessment strategies to include mini presentations, professional discussion, observation reports/ feedback/ moderation, learning or reflective journal and action plans.

Where could this course take you?

Diploma in Teaching Literacy Level 5

Diploma in Teaching Numeracy Level 5

Award in Enhancing Learning through Technology Level 4

What costs will you incur?

The course cost is £300 and delivered over 15 weeks.  Additional costs will include items such as stationary and resources for presentations.