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Cambridge International Certificate in Teaching and Learning 6208

This course is aimed at practising teachers and focuses on the development of knowledge, skills and understanding in the key aspects of teaching and learning. It is inclusive and relevant to all teaching and learning contexts,
from primary to secondary education.

This course assists candidates to explore and apply new ideas within their own context, integrate new approaches in their own practices, and demonstrate their professional development as reflective practitioners.

As you work through this course, we trust that you will find your personal learning journey enriching and rewarding – for both you and your learners. Let’s get started!

Unit 1: Understanding Principles of Teaching and Learning

(6 weeks)

Unit 2: Teaching an Effective Lesson

(7 weeks)

Unit 3: Facilitating Active Learning through Effective Teaching and Assessment (7 weeks)

During Unit 1 you will engage with principles and concepts of learning and teaching. You will also explore what makes an effective lesson. This unit is guided by the following learning outcomes:

A: Explain their understanding of the concept of learning and how people learn.

B: Review teaching methods and learning activities they use in their practice that engage and motivate students to learn.

C: Explain their understanding of the term ‘assessment’ and its purposes.

D: Identify and explain key features of what they think makes an effective lesson and evaluate the impact any new learning will have on their future professional practice

During Unit 2 you will explore the practice of teaching and learning. This unit is guided by the following learning outcomes:

E: Plan a lesson that has clear aims and objectives and a coherent structure.

F: Teach a lesson using active learning approaches to engage and motivate students to learn.

G: Teach a lesson in which students’ learning is regularly checked at suitable stages using appropriate formative assessment methods.

H: Evaluate a lesson using feedback from their mentor and their own reflections to inform future practice.

During Unit 3 you will build on your learning from Unit 2 to develop a deeper understanding of the teaching concepts and principles you engaged with throughout the course. This unit is guided by the following outcomes:

I: Plan a sequence of lessons that are coherent and have well-defined links to previous learning and the learning objectives.

J: Teach lessons that are effectively managed using active learning strategies and where learning is often differentiated.

K: Teach lessons using formative assessment methods to support and monitor the students’ learning.

L: Evaluate lessons to identify strengths and areas for further development in classroom practice.

Please note the following requirements and expectations for completing the certificate course:


The Certificate course consists of 20 weeks divided into 3 units. It is time-specific which means that once you start, the weeks will roll on as they are delivered following a timeline with due dates for tasks. These are in
place to assist and guide you to be successful in the course.

You must:

• Be a full- or part-time teacher employed in an educational institution.

• Teach in a school over a full academic year, for a minimum of 24 weeks and a minimum of six hours per week.

• Teach a group with a minimum of six learners.

• Be responsible for planning, teaching and formatively assessing groups of learners.

• Have access to an internet-enabled device with Google Chrome as the recommended browser.

• A minimum download speed of 1.5 Mbps is required for admission to the GenEx platform, which is commonly the speed associated with a basic DSL     or a cellular/satellite connection. .

• Have regular internet access in school, or at home.

• Have basic computer literacy – familiarity with Word; ability to type, edit, upload, download, search the internet and ability to join and participate in online meetings etc.

• Have sufficient competence in English. We recommended minimum requirement of 5.5 on the International English Language Testing System. See for more details.


You need to be prepared to take part in:

• 5-8 hours of study per week. This includes a mix of guided teaching, collaborative and individual study as well as work-based, practical learning. Candidates should also allow time for background reading and discussion with
their colleagues, to enrich their reflective practice.

• Regular online forum participation – this is an essential collaborative aspect of the course, where much learning takes place.

• Regular 30-minute Mentor Meetings.

• Occasional 30-minute meetings with the Programme Leader online.

• Writing your Evidence of Learning, Practice and Reflection totalling 3600 words with work-based records; these are broken down into manageable weekly and unit sections. This forms your portfolio of evidence which is submitted
to Cambridge for assessment.

• The keeping of an online reflective journal.

The certificate course fees are £450 which includes the £50 registration fee.

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