How an Education and Training Course Can Make You A Better Assessor
For many professionals working in a vocational industry, taking a CAVA course to become a trained assessor is a fantastic way to use their skills to educate the next generation of skilled workers. However, becoming an assessor is only one route to repurposing the skills you’ve gained over your career. Becoming a tutor allows you not only to assess in your field but to teach too.
And if you can do both? You’re ticking a lot of boxes.
Becoming a Tutor in a Vocational Field
At Brooks and Kirk, we offer two courses in tutor training:
- Level 3 Award in Education and Training (AET) – formerly known as PTTLS
- Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training (CET) – formerly known as CTLLS
The AET course is for people who’ve never worked in teaching before. The CET course is for people who currently teach in Further Education (with adults), who’d like to upskill. You can read all about the course structure and content for each by clicking the links above.
The Relationship Between Teaching and Assessing
Britain loves a good exam. To gain any kind of accredited qualification, we know there’s probably going to be a test at the end. First, we learn, then we’re assessed. The path to becoming qualified at any level is always a two-part process.
So, if you have the skills to train and assess, you’re the full-package employee!
- Teach your students the course materials
- Prepare your students for their mandatory exams
- Assess your students’ final work.
For both the teacher and student, this creates a nice flow. You can build a rapport with your students and support them throughout their entire learning journey.
Why it’s a Great Idea to Teach and Assess
Teachers who are trained in assessment make better tutors
Firstly, and perhaps most importantly of all, being trained both to teach and assess gives you a full insight into every part of the learning and assessment process. This equips you with the skills to teach in a way that’s geared towards exam success. There’s no blind leading the blind here – you know exactly what the students will expect.
If you are an On-Programme Assessor, you must deliver mandatory teaching sessions
In some roles in the adult education sector, it’s impossible to be an assessor without also being able to teach. This is true for On-Programme Assessors, who are required to have teaching sessions with their apprentices to ensure that they’re ready for the EPA.
Greater career opportunities
While a qualified assessor can be brought in on an ad-hoc basis at the end of a course, it’s definitely more appealing to have a full-time member of staff with the skills to see a course through to the end by teaching and assessing.
If you’ve got the skills to do both, you can look forward to more employment options, the promise of a higher salary, and a greater likelihood of securing a permanent position in a college or workplace.
Become an FE Superstar with Brooks and Kirk
These two courses offer you the chance to take your skills in a completely new direction – for a surprisingly low cost!
(P.S, if you have previously or are currently doing CAVA with us you are applicable to a discount of £40 off on AET!)
Steve is a Chartered Manager and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.
He provides Educational Consultancy to the 19+ sector as well as being an Assessor, IQA, EPA and Digital Marketing Professional. When not doing any of these he finds time, every now and then, to write blogs and articles.