Guided Learning Hoursqualification; therefore, learners could take up to 1200 hours to achieve it. These hours are made up of contact
time with a teacher/assessor, often referred to as guided learning hours (GLH), and non-contact time for
independent study and practice.
The recommended GLH for this qualification is a minimum of 360.
25 Understanding the principles and practices of
externally assuring the quality of assessment
24 Understanding and managing behaviours in a learning
AssessmentCentres are able to choose appropriate assessment methods providing all the requirements of the qualification
can be met. Centres should take a holistic approach where possible i.e. giving learners the opportunity to
demonstrate several assessment criteria from different units at the same time. Academic referencing e.g. using
quotes from text books within learners’ work is a requirement at level 4 and level 5.
Learning journals are a good way of documenting progress and achievement, but are not a formal requirement.
Examples of assessment methods for this qualification include:-
- Case studies
- Online assessments
- Portfolio of evidence
- Professional discussion
- Questions – written and oral
- Rreflective learning journal
- Self-evaluation and action plan
- Written statements
All learning outcomes must be met to achieve a Pass – there is no grading.
Teaching Practice RequirementThere is a requirement for a minimum of 100 hours of practice and a requirement to evidence working with
groups of learners to achieve this qualification.
The practice component is a vital aspect of high-quality initial teacher training.
There are different practice requirements for each unit in this qualification. In addition, details of the practice
requirements for the optional units are available in the separate guidance document, Qualification guidance for
awarding organisations: Optional units for QCF Education and Training qualifications (LSIS, 2013).
Appendix 1 summarises the practice requirement for the mandatory units and for the optional units.
The practice requirements for the optional units are detailed within the relevant unit guidance.
Effective teaching practice experience should ideally include:-
- Different teaching practice locations/settings/contexts;
- Teaching across more than one level;
- Teaching a variety of learners;
- Teaching individuals and groups;
- Experience of non-teaching roles; and
- Gaining subject-specialist knowledge through workplace mentoring.
Trainee teachers should have access to as many of these as possible during their teaching practice.
A sample form for a session plan can be found in Appendix 4.
Observed and Assessed Practice Requirements:There must be a minimum of eight observations totalling a minimum of eight hours. This excludes any observed
practice completed as part of the Level 3 Award in Education and Training (QCF). Any single observation must be
a minimum of half an hour.
Observations should be appropriately spaced throughout the whole programme and take into account a trainee
For the Education and Training units, practice must be in a teaching and learning environment. As stated above,
there is a requirement for a minimum of eight observations of practice. The eight observations must be linked to
the following mandatory units:
- Teaching, learning and assessment in education and training (Level 4)
- Developing teaching, learning and assessment in education and training (Level 5).
The centre recommends that a holistic approach should be taken to observed and assessed practice. This is so that
each observation and assessment of practice enables trainee teachers to provide evidence for the two units
To be eligible for the award of credit for any one of the above two units, a trainee teacher must be able to
provide evidence of a minimum of two assessed observation of practice that meet the required standard of
practice. To be eligible for the award of credit for all both units, a trainee teacher must be able to provide
evidence of a minimum of eight assessed observations of practice that meet the required standard of practice.
Also, note that achievement of the unit Theories, Principles and Models in Education and Training (Level 5) is a
prerequisite for achievement of the unit Developing Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Education and
Training (Level 5).
At least four hours of observed and assessed practice in observations linked to the mandatory units should
demonstrate grade 2 characteristics.
Some optional units from the Education and Training suite also require practice, including observation and
assessment of practice. The number of observations of practice required and the number of hours to be observed
and assessed are not specified for these optional units. These requirements are in addition to the observed and
assessed practice requirements for the mandatory units identified above and summarised in Appendix 1.
The practice requirements and the observation of practice requirements for these optional units are given in the
separate guidance document, Qualification guidance for awarding organisations: Optional units for QCF
Education and Training qualifications (LSIS, 2013).
For some optional units taken from the Learning and Development qualification, practice must be in a real work
environment and in the appropriate context, with groups of learners or with individual learners. The number of
practice hours required and the number of hours to be observed and assessed are not specified for Learning and
Development units. These requirements are in addition to the observed and assessed practice requirements for
the mandatory units identified above and summarised in Appendix 1.
The practice requirements and the observation of practice requirements for the Learning and Development
optional units, are given in the separate qualification guidance documents.
Guidance on assessing observations and a sample feedback form can be found in Appendix 5.
These requirements are in addition to the observed and assessed practice requirements for the mandatory units
Transfer of PracticeThere is no transfer of practice, including observed and assessed practice, from a previously achieved Level 3
Award in Education and Training.
Trainee teachers who have achieved the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training can transfer twenty hours of
practice and two hours of observed and assessed practice towards the practice requirements for the Level 5
Diploma in Education and Training.