The Micro-Teach – The Way it Should be Done

The Micro-Teach – The Way it Should be Done


I’m guessing most of you arriving at this article will have heard of the PTLLS Award before. Hopefully by now, most of you will also have discovered that the PTLLS Award was replaced by the Level 3 Award in Education and Training back in 2014. Whilst the qualification title is completely different, not so much changed with the qualification itself. 

There is still just one competency based part of this course, that is the micro-teach. A significant amount of providers promote the fact that learners who complete the Award in Education and Training with them can deliver their micro-teach via Skype. Whilst it may sound appealing to complete the entire course online, this article will outline exactly why you should only consider these courses as an absolute last resort. 

If you are familiar with the Level 3 AET, then you will already be aware of what is involved with the micro-teach unit (Understanding and Using Inclusive Teaching and Learning Approaches in Education and Training). But for all of you that aren’t familiar with the level 3 Education and Training Award, this unit requires you to deliver a 15 minute micro-teach on a subject of your choice. As this is the only competency based part of the qualification, we believe that it is extremely important for you, the student teacher to get the opportunity to deliver a lesson in front of a small group of people and interact directly with your learners.

When you think that as a result of gaining this qualification, you could secure a job as a tutor in a further education college, it should be a requirement for the only competency based unit to be observed in person as oppose to through Skype. However, as it doesn’t state that in the specification, companies can get away with delivering the entire qualification online.  But if you are going to enrol onto a training course, then you want to gain the relevant skills and knowledge on completion of that course. We believe that it would be extremely difficult for you, as the learner to gain the necessary teaching skills from delivering a 15 minute lesson to a webcam. 

That is why, with Brooks and Kirk, you would work through all of the knowledge based content on our online learning system and then just attend one day at your closest centre. On the day that you attend, you will deliver your micro-teach to a small group (generally 4-6 people) and give feedback to your classmates on their micro-teaches. You may be thinking, ‘Oh well, it is only 15 minutes. How much can you really learn in 15 minutes anyway?‘ But the answer is, an unbelievable amount!

Dan Kirk is one of our Education and Training assessors here at Brooks and Kirk. Here are his thoughts on the importance of the micro-teach…


Dan has observed hundreds and hundreds of nervous people deliver their micro-teaches and whilst they feel like they are going to hate the experience, a good 9 out of 10 people feel incredible when they come to the end of their lesson. In fact, we aren’t lying when we say that the majority of people end up enjoying it so much, that they want to do it all over again! You can hear that for yourself from on our Learner Feedback Videos. We have spoken to learners who have done their micro-teaches online and they have told us that they didn’t get that same kind of feeling. 

So, if you would like to do an Education and Training course that is going to help you not only gain the necessary teaching/training skills that you need, but also boost your confidence, then we can definitely help you.

Something you will not want to miss out on

Something you will not want to miss out on

We are going to be the only training provider in the whole of England offering this. Do you want to find out what it is?

Well you’re going to have to wait another two and a half weeks yet I’m afraid. There’s nothing like building up a bit of tension.

In the meantime, here are three things which which we can guarantee you:

  • It’s FREE
  • You won’t find another assessor training provider in the country offering it
  • If you’re looking to become an assessor, it will definitely be of interest to you


This picture may not look like much at the moment. But it will become much clearer on the 2nd of November.

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Also in the last month…

Let the referrals do the talking 


“76% of the trainee assessors currently completing their assessor qualification with us were referred to us.”

Find out why more people are being referred to Brooks and Kirk for their assessor training.

Earning for Referring

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This is what our 2015 looked like!

This is what our 2015 looked like!


What a Year!

Let’s have a quick recap of 2015; there was the birth of a new royal baby, England broke records for being terrible at Rugby and Jeremy Clarkson suddenly became ‘un-busy’.

However, more importantly, 2015 also saw a massive increase in uptake of our assessor courses. So before we briefly take you through our eventful 2015, we would just like to say a massive thank you to all of you that made our year what it was!

CertSelfie Competition


At Brooks and Kirk, it’s our philosophy that the learners always come first. So, what better way to kickstart our 2015 recap than with some pictures of some happy successful learners!

As a bit of fun we are running a poll to find out your favourite CertSelfie. If you see a familiar face then show them your support by giving them your vote! It just takes a couple of clicks and you could win a prize if the CertSelfie you choose turns out to be the winner.

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Posts from 2015


We totted up a grand total of 36 posts on our Assessor Training website last year. If you are a new subscriber to our newsletter, then you have probably missed out on a lot of great stuff over the past 12 months.

But not to worry, as we have cherry picked a few of our most popular posts from 2015 that we hope you will find useful!

a1-taqa-cava-d32-d33-brooks-and-kirk-assessor-courseIs This Assessor Course For Me?

Regardless of which sector you are looking to become an assessor in, the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement is the qualification you need.


 Making Sense of NVQ Assessor Vacancies

For people looking to become NVQ assessors, it can be hard work making sense of assessor vacancies. So, we thought we would make it much easier.


The Importance of LinkedIn to Newly Qualified Assessors

For people looking to become NVQ assessors, it can be hard work making sense of assessor vacancies. So, we thought we would make it much easier.

Kimberley’s Story


We have had quite a number of learners who have emailed us upon completion of their course, thanking us for our support and telling us about new jobs that they have started. But this email form Kimberley made all of our team’s tails wag.

Hi Rod,

Hope your well. I just wanted to say thank you to you and all the trainers at Brooks and Kirk that have helped me on my learning journey. When I first started out on my courses in Assessing and Education and Training, I really wasn’t sure if I would be able to do it. At 38 and with two jobs and a 12 year old to take of, I wondered what I had taken on!! But with Brooks and Kirk guidance and constant support I have achieved what I thought was impossible…

After a few weeks of interviews, micro teaches and presentations – I have a new job!!!! Assessing Hospitality & Catering,Team leading and Customer Service. I honestly cant thank Brooks and Kirk enough! I also have to say that the days in Manchester where we got to learn first hand what assessing/training is all about helped massively!!! I would recommend you to anyone who was interested in this kind of career.

Again, thank you for all your support, without it I wouldn’t be about to embark on my new career.

Could you please also thank Laura Kirk, she has been amazing and I’m sure I’ve driven her insane!!!

Thank you so much.

These are the kind of rewarding messages you can look forward to receiving as a fully qualified assessor!

Earning for Referring


Towards the end of 2015, we discovered that the majority of people who were starting a course with us were referred to us by a friend, family member or work colleague.

So, because our learners were being so kind and referring us to others, we thought that we would repay the generosity and offer a £50 referral fee to anybody who refers somebody onto our course.

We are still running this earning for referring offer, so if you have referred somebody to us or know somebody that is interested in training to become an assessor, then make sure you fill in their details on our referral form to get your £50 referral fee!

Referral Form

Learners Feedback


It’s all well and good us telling you what makes us different from the rest, but it really means something when it comes from the learners mouths rather than our own!

2015 saw the rise of our learner feedback videos. We have got a selection of our feedback videos available on our website for everyone to see. Spend a couple of minutes having a snoop through them to see if either you or somebody you know has made an appearance.

Learner Feedback

Whether you have a success story to tell us, received your certificate and haven’t sent us over a CertSelfie or if you or someone you know is interested in training to become an assessor, then we would love to hear from you!


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We have a new Feedback Video!

We have a new Feedback Video!

We have built up stacks of great feedback from our learners over the past few months. If we were to put it all into one video, it would probably take such a colossal amount of time to buffer, that it might just about be ready to watch come 2016.

Thankfully, we won’t keep you waiting that long. We have put just a handful of comments from our learners into a short video that will be over before you can even boil the kettle.

So, please have a watch of our latest feedback video and see why people are choosing Brooks and Kirk for their assessor training and what they thought about their experience. 

To find out more about our assessor training courses, or to arrange booking onto a course then please contact us on one of the following:

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Let the referrals do the talking

Let the referrals do the talking

referred assessor course

It can be difficult to know who to trust when it comes to choosing a provider for training you to become an NVQ assessor. But if you are referred to a company by friends or family, then you can already trust that company more so than anyone else that you may find on the internet. So when we say that;

76% of the trainee assessors currently completing their assessor qualification with us were referred to us. 

We can guarantee you that you are in safe and professional hands when you train with Brooks and Kirk. But don’t just take that from us, have a listen to what our learners are saying on our feedback videos


Earning for Referring

If you are reading this post having either enrolled onto, or completed an assessor course with ourselves and you think you may know someone who could be interested in training to become an assessor, then please fill in the referral form below. In case enjoying your experience with Brooks and Kirk isn’t a good enough reason to refer us, we do also offer £50 per referral. Please feel free to give us a call to find out more about how our £50 referral fees work.

Our NVQ Assessor Course – Useful Stuff

Our NVQ Assessor Course – Useful Stuff

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Is this the assessor course for me?

On the last assessor course we delivered, we had Hairdressers, a P.E teacher, a Beautician and a Business Administrator. These were all on the same course together. 

D32, D33, A1, TAQA, A2, CAVA, AssessorYou might be thinking, ‘that’s nice, but why are you telling me that?!’ Well, the reason being, a lot of people don’t realise that the same assessor course applies to people who are looking to become an NVQ assessor, regardless of the sector they are working in.

The vast majority of people who are now completing their NVQ assessor course with us were unsure when they first contacted us as to whether or not this was the right course for them. After we reassured them the qualification to become an NVQ assessor is the same in any sector they were eager to get cracking on with the course. This is the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement.


After explaining to several people in the last few days that this course is the right one for them, it got me thinking that there can’t be enough clear guidance out there for people who are looking to become NVQ assessors. Although, you have probably realised this already after sifting through all the misleading information that is out there!

But the moral of the story is the same with any occupation. If you’re looking to become an NVQ assessor, the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement is the qualification you need.

If you would like to find out more about our assessor courses, or if you have a whole heap of other questions about assessor training, then please don’t hesitate in giving us a call! Feeling lazy? Then hit the callback request button on the right-hand side of the page. We will give you a call within 1 working day.

TAQA Assessor Course

If you are looking for the ‘TAQA’ course, then the chances are, you are actually looking for our NVQ Assessor Course.

We have been delivering NVQ assessor courses for over 20 years. So whether you’re looking to start an assessor course, or you are just looking for more information, you have come to the right people.

Our ‘History of the Assessor qualification‘ information page should help to clarify that the qualification you need, is in fact the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA) not the ‘TAQA’.

Here are a few reasons why more and more people are choosing Brooks and Kirk to complete their NVQ assessor course:

If you would just like to speak to a member of our team to find out more about our Assessor courses, then you can either give us a call on 01205 805 155, or fill in the form below and we’ll call you within 1 working day.

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CAVA, D Units, A1, TAQA?


With so many different websites talking about Assessor Training it can often get very confusing as to which course is the right one for you. One of the main reasons for this is that too many pages do not get updated frequently enough, so the information is old and out of date. Fear not though, Brooks and Kirk are here to clear your mind of any confusion. We’re going to take you through all of the assessor qualifications that have existed to date.

It all began with the…

D units

D32: Assess candidate performance
This unit covered: assessment planning; judging both performance and knowledge; making assessment decisions and providing feedback. The assessment skills that learners needed to demonstrate included the assessment of natural performance, simulation and questioning.

D33: Assess candidate using different sources of evidence.
This unit covered everything that is included within the D22 unit plus more. When it came to assessing candidates, the trainee assessors were required to demonstrate all of the following assessment methods: assessment of natural performance, simulation, questioning, candidate and peer reports, projects and assignments and assessment of prior achievement and learning.

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The D32/D33 Units were the first assessor qualifications. They ceased to exist many years ago and were replaced with the…

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A1 Award

Assessing Candidates Using a Range of Methods
The A1 Award was a single unit divided into four parts and was for anybody who was involved with assessing learners taking National Vocational Qualifications, a programme of training in skills, techniques and principles of assessing competency using a variety of assessment methods.

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Then came along December 2010, when the A1 Award was replaced with a new qualification…

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Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement

The L3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA) forms part of the latest suite of Assessor Qualifications. The CAVA is the only qualification that will qualify you to the same level as the A1 Award. It has three units:

Unit 1 – Understanding the principles and practices of assessment
Unit 2 – Assess occupational competence in the work environment
Unit 3 – Assess vocational skills,knowledge and understanding


So that’s it a brief history of Assessor Training qualifications.

“Wait a minute!” I hear you say, “you’ve missed off TAQA.”

The reason for that is simple. TAQA is not an assessor qualification! TAQA (Training, Assessment and Quality Assurance) is used by various awarding bodies, including City and Guilds, to cover all of the assessing and quality assurance qualifications. So, CAVA forms part of TAQA. Notice we say assessing qualifications because CAVA isn’t the only assessor qualification under the TAQA umbrella. It is, however, the most highly regarded assessor qualification and it is effectively the equivalent of the old A1 award. You can find out more about the rest of the qualifications on our Assessor Qualifications page

If you are still struggling to get your head around this whole TAQA thing, the easiest way to get to grips with this is to just think about the Business Skills suite of qualifications. Within Business Skills, you would have the likes of business administration, customer service, team leading etc. If you wanted to do an NVQ in Customer Service for example, you wouldn’t be looking for ‘The Business Skills course’. Instead, you would be looking for something like ‘NVQ courses in Customer Service’. So next time when you see training companies or job vacancies talking about ‘The TAQA Course’, just remember, the likelihood is that they are in fact referring to the CAVA.  

If you are still a little bit confused, then not to worry! Just get in touch and we will make sure that it all becomes clear.

P: 01205 805 155


What to do now?


That could be the question that will be running through the minds of hundreds of people as a result of Sainsbury’s axing 500 jobs.What to do next

In an effort to make £500 million of savings over the next three years, Sainsbury’s announced that 500 members of staff from their support centers will lose their jobs. 

It can be tough to know where to go next after losing your job. But if you enjoy using your own experience and qualifications to help others succeed, then becoming an NVQ Assessor may be a career that could be ideal for you. 

Providing you are occupationally competent in a sector, then you can become an NVQ Assessor in that sector. If you’re facing redundancy or are out of work, a career as an assessor may be the next step. 

Our Course

Our 8 Week Assessor Course is designed to give anyone the opportunity to become an NVQ Assessor. Most colleges and training providers will require you to have access to candidates to assess. But, if you are losing your job then it’s likely that will make the course virtually impossible for you to complete. However, one of the benefits with training to become an Assessor with Brooks and Kirk is that we can actually provide you with access to the candidates to assess. 

Also, providing you are aged over 24, you could be eligible for funding. This can cover the cost of the course and not worry about the repayments until you’re earning over £21,000 pa.

If this sounds like something that may be of interest to you, then please get in touch with us either using the details on the ‘Contact Us‘ page, or by submitting your information below. 

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