West Thames College London

Observation of Teaching and Learning - Level 5 Award

The purpose of this qualification is to provide a flexible range of learning opportunities for educational professionals to conduct observations of work-based teaching practice in order to assess the performance of tutors and provide feedback to improve performance. It is aimed at managers and staff who carry out lesson observations as part of their organisation’s quality assurance and quality enhancement processes (e.g. linked to internal quality cycles, appraisal, CPD and for staff in their probationary year), or of staff on initial teacher training courses.
Key course features

Qualification: OCNLR Level 5 Award in Observing Teaching and Learning

Level: Level 5

Mode: Mondays 2.30-4.30pm on the following dates: 21/11/2016, 12/12/2016, 16/01/2017, 06/02/2017, 27/02/2017

Start Date: 05 September 2016

Who is this course for?
The Award in Observing Teaching and Learning has been designed for practitioners involved in the observation of teaching and learning of both newly qualified and experienced tutors.
About the course
The course focuses on the practical skills involved in undertaking observation in a variety of settings and tutor groups and offers opportunities to review organisational Observation of Teaching and Learning policy or to develop underpinning knowledge to support own practice. It will also explore a range of approaches to lesson observations.
Staff profiles

Matt Flett: Matt has 30 years' experience as an English language teacher in Italy, Spain, Vietnam and the UK and 20 years' experience as a teacher trainer. He has been Education and Quality Manager and a member of the West Thames College Teacher Education team since 2015, teaching mainly on the DET/ProfGCE and CELTA programmes.

Paddy McCann: Paddy has been a teacher and trainer for 26 years. His first teaching jobs were in Japan and Italy. In the UK he has worked in private language schools and Further Education colleges in Liverpool and London working at West Thames College since 2014. He took the CELTA teacher training course 26 years ago and never for one moment imagined he world still be teaching all these years later.

Additional opportunities
You will have the opportunity to share experiences of teaching observation with other practitioners in different institutions.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment is rooted in workplace experience and is fully integrated with the delivery of the module. A variety of assessment techniques will be used to help you identify how you reflect on critical incidents and improve your own practice. You will use peer support and self-assessment to develop collaborative approaches to learning and development and to provide formative feedback. This will also be provided through comments by the course tutor on your written work at the draft stage.
Where next?
This qualification enables practitioners to gain accreditation for continuing professional development in observation in teaching and learning which may allow them to progress to a higher level qualification or to secure or maintain their employment at professional or managerial levels within education.
Entry requirements
The minimum age for access to the qualification is 21 years. You need to be involved in the observation of teaching and learning of both newly qualified and experienced tutors in your institution.

Tuition Fee: £680

How to apply?
Please complete the online application form. We will then contact you about an interview.


  1. Shazia Khan

    Certificate in Education

    Shazia Khan

    “The classes are enjoyable and comfortable. The tutors push you to do your best and you’re completely supported. It’s the best place to work and to study. I initially worked in a support role at the college, but from September I’m going to be teaching on the supported learning courses.”


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