This is a standalone international qualification that addresses the need for developing ‘Soft Skills’ among teachers. The programme is exclusively offered by Gateway Graduate School (GGS). It is relevant to teachers who are new to the profession and to those who are interested in enhancing their profiles through continuing professional development (CPD).
Pearson BTEC Level 4 Professional Award in Soft Skills for Teachers entails 100 hours of total learning and it enables the participants to develop the ‘Soft Skills’ competencies required to carry out teaching across various settings. ‘Soft Skills’ characterizes a set of personal skills that can be helpful in the teaching and learning environment. The programme develops among the learners the critical understanding of the concept of empathy and its applicability to the teaching environment. It also encourages the learners to develop a deep awareness of the professional role of the teacher and the importance of ethical behaviour in promoting the well- being of the student.
This programme can also be conducted at individual schools in a customised manner.
Duration of The Programme and Intakes
There will be three (3) intakes per year: February, July and October.
Units (Modules) Offered
Unit Aim: The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an understanding of ‘soft skills’, the personal attributes that will enable them to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people in the teaching and learning environment
Unit Introduction: This unit provides the learner with an understanding of the skills, knowledge and understanding of the soft skills required to support teaching. ‘Soft skills’ characterises a set of personal skills that can be helpful in the teaching and learning environment that help learning to develop an understanding of empathy and its applicability to the teaching environment.
The unit focuses on understanding the professional role of the teacher and the importance of ethical behaviour in promoting the well-being of the student and appropriate aspects of individual rights as well as delivering subject knowledge in the learning process. Learners will also be able to compare their own professional role with the roles of other professionals in the teaching organisation, with particular emphasis on the individual role when compared with the advantages of working as a member of a team. This will allow learners to identify the interpersonal relationships and responsibilities that impact on the performance of the professional teaching.
The unit explores issues that affect the way learners learn and issues that they may bring with them to learning. This provides an opportunity to examine different concepts of intelligence as well as other social or cultural factors that influence learning. Attention is given to more severe learning difficulties that need to be understood when considering approaches to planning teaching and learning and the importance of referral for more specific action in dealing with these.
The unit provides the opportunity for the learner to examine the communication skills required for effective teaching and learning, including the impact of potential barriers and body language. The range of the unit includes ways to use communication in managing learners and learning to diagnose ways their own communication skills could be improved.
This can be taken as a stand-alone unit or as part of the Professional Diploma in Teaching. The unit also provides the understanding knowledge required for the practical ‘Delivering Practical Teaching and Learning’.
Candidates must meet one of the following requirements:
- Advanced Level qualification (Local/UK)
- NCC Level 3 International Foundation Diploma in Higher Education Studies offered by Gateway Graduate School
Academic Progression Opportunities
Upon the successful completion of the Pearson BTEC Level 4 Professional Award in Soft Skills for Teachers students can progress onto the remaining seven (7) Units of the Pearson BTEC Level 4 Professional Diploma in Teaching.
Successful completion of the Pearson BTEC Level 4 Professional Diploma in Teaching will lead towards the Pearson BTEC Level 5 Professional Diploma in Advanced Teaching. Together with the Pearson BTEC Level 5 Professional Diploma in Advanced Teaching and a minimum of one year’s teaching experience, students will become eligible for the MA in Education programme delivered in Sri Lanka at GGS by the University of Nottingham.
Pearson Edexcel, which awards Pearson BTEC Level 4 Professional Certificate in Teaching, is the largest British awarding body. It has widespread international presence. As such, it is recognised in many parts of the world, particularly within the education sector as an institution which awards outcomes-based professional qualifications of the highest quality.
Most importantly, successful students will be able to progress onto the Pearson BTEC Level 4 Professional Diploma in Teaching followed by Pearson BTEC Level 5 Professional Diploma in Advanced Teaching qualification, which is recognised by the University of Nottingham as an entry qualification for its prestigious MA in Education programme. The University of Nottingham is ranked 25th in the world and 4th in the UK for the subjects of Education and Training by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), the premier ranking system for international higher education institutions.