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Become An Educator

If teaching nails or beauty has always been an ambition that you have wanted to fulfil, or if you have great skills and want to help others progress with their skills and knowledge why not think about becoming an educator.

There are a number of steps to follow but with a combined amount of hard work and determination you can achieve educator.

To begin your journey of becomming educator you will need to be qualified in the subject that you wish to teach, whether it be nails or beauty. If you are qualified and are confident with your skills then your next step will be to gain a qualification in teaching. This can be done through different awarding bodies and training facilities throughout the UK, one route to gain your teaching qualification is through the awarding body City and Guilds:

City and Guilds offer trainer qualifications for those who are considering teaching as a career in the lifelong learning sector. When you are just starting out you will need to decide what sort of teaching role you want, 'associate' (ATLS - Associate Teacher Learning Status) or 'full' (QTLS - Qualified Teacher Learning Status).

To gain the status of ATLS you will need to complete step 1 PTLLS and step 2 CTLLS. To gain the status of QTLS you will need to complete step 1 PTLLS, step 2 CTLLS and step 3 DTLS

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    PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector)
    7303 Award

    PTLLS is The City and Guilds '7303' scheme that provides a level 3 qualification (this can be compared to an 'A' Level). It provides an introduction for those who wish to teach. It is the foundational qualification for teaching or training and is the basic award that is necessary to join this industry. The City and Guilds '7303' award must be completed by all new teachers in the learning and skills sector.

    Candidates do not need any previous experience in teaching as the qualification provides an introduction for those who want to learn to teach or train. The award can be gained through different training centres and colleges through the UK, some offer it as a fast track course to a longer course.

    The award is made up of one unit covering five sections:

        own role, responsibilities and boundaries of role in relation to teaching

        appropriate teaching and learning approaches in the specialist area

        session planning skills and demonstration of those skills

        how to deliver inclusive sessions which motivate learners

        the use of different assessment methods and the need for record keeping

    The qualification will be assessed through two assignments (one theory and one practical). The units covered will be broken down into smaller assessments.

    The '7303' award is designed to offer progression to the City and Guilds 7304 CTLLS and DTLLS qualifications.

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    CTLLS (Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector)
    7304 Certificate

    CTLLS is the City and Guilds '7304' award and is the next step after successfully completing the '7303' award. It offers candidates the ability to gain the skills and knowledge needed for the 'associate' teaching role.

    The '7304' qualification is split into three core units and further optional units.

    The three core units are:

        Preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector

        Planning and enabling learning

        Principles and practice of assessment

    The optional units are:

        Equality and diversity

        Preparing for the coaching role

        Preparing for the mentoring role

        Delivering employability skills

        Evaluating learning programmes

    The qualification will be assessed by candidates completing two assignments (one theory and one practical). The assignments are broken into smaller tasks.

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    DTLLS  (Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector)
    7305 Diploma

    This qualification is for candidates that want to teach in the 'full' role. If fulfils the qualification requirement for candidates who's goals are to achieve Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status (QTLS).

    The diploma is made up of four core level 3/4 units and three core level 5 units.

    The four core level 3/4 units:

        preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector

        planning and enabling learning

        enabling leaning and assessment

        theories and principles for planning and enabling learning

        plus a minimum of one level 4 optional unit

    The three core level 5 units:

        Continuing personal and professional development

        curriculum development for inclusive practice

        wider professional practice

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