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Tutoring, Support & Guidance in the Lifelong Learning Sector Level 5 University Certificate

  • L5
  • HE

This is a 30 credit ‘in-service’ University Certificate for teachers and tutors. The course is intended for people who are involved with tutoring, support and guidance in Adult Education (Pastoral Carers). It is recommended for Personal Tutors, Careers Advisors and Pastoral Carers. The course covers issues that affect learning such as; student welfare support, counselling services, relationships, family worries, financial difficulty, emotional and mental health issues. It is delivered through blended (flexible) learning with a mixture of taught sessions and those offered online through the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). This will enhance the ability of the participants to meet the course outcomes of reflecting on the process of learning online, evaluating the strengths and limitations of resource-based learning and assessment, particularly in the student’s own specialist subject area. It is a 1 year part-time course.

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Entry requirements

Applicants for this course must be engaged in a pastoral tutoring role in the Lifelong Learning Sector. You will need to be currently in a guidance/personal tutor role and be able to demonstrate a minimum of 20 hours tutoring, guidance and support practice over the course of the year.  Applicants may be admitted onto the course without a CertEd/PGCE as long as they can demonstrate their ability to work at level 5. At interview applicants will need to demonstrate personal skills appropriate for a member of the teaching profession.

Course content

The course will cover the following areas:

  • The theory and practice of the guidance and tutoring role
  • Individual learning plans
  • Action planning and target setting
  • Developing an effective tutorial programme based on best principles
  • Evaluation and development of own practice in respect of supporting learners
  • The professional values and practice necessary for effective guidance
  • The ethical and legal dimensions of the personal tutor role
  • Reflection on personal skills in tutoring and ways of continuing your professional development
  • An understanding of the boundaries of the guidance and tutoring role and the importance of effective referral processes.

You will be able to:

  • Analyse the range, role and limitations of tutoring support and guidance in the lifelong learning sector
  • Utilise theory and research to understand the needs of, and challenges experienced by learners who might use such services
  • Evaluate a range of strategies and practices employed in the tutoring support and guidance process
  • Discuss the ethical and legal issues posed by work in tutoring support and guidance
  • Display skills in supporting and guiding learners
  • Discuss in depth, with reference to literature the principles and practices of support and guidance work

Assessment methods

This course will be assessed via:

  • Reflective Journal (1,500 words) (Including Observation of Tutoring)
  • Essay (2,000 words) and Presentation
  • Two case studies (2,000 words)

This is a flexible part-time course which runs over a year. The course is intended to be delivered through a blended approach of both VLE and classroom based sessions. The varied and flexible delivery will include: an introductory 3 day workshop for all students, training sessions, practical workshops, regular mentor meetings, professional/group discussions and e-learning, VLE mentor training materials, interactive teaching sessions. Most of the online sessions will be used for discussions and group exercises which students will need to supplement with independent study. Assessment on the course is via a system of credits. Credits are awarded when students can demonstrate through a portfolio of work or project that they have met the Learning Outcomes of the modules. Some Learning Outcomes are related to practical skills, others to knowledge gained. When students have gained credits for all the modules, they receive the overall award. Additional study will be required outside College. All assessments are subject to moderation by the University and also by an external moderator.

Further study and career options

Further University of Bedfordshire certificates and the CertEd/PGCE. This course may also be used to provide evidence for accrediting professional development.

Additional information


  • To explore the theory and practice of the guidance and tutoring role
  • To develop and evaluate a range of approaches and techniques for supporting learners
  • To demonstrate an ability to evaluate and develop own practice in respect of supporting learners
  • To review the professional values and practice necessary for effective guidance
  • To examine the ethical dimensions of the personal tutor role
  • To reflect on personal skills in tutoring and ways of continuing professional development in the role
  • To provide an opportunity to explore an aspect of guidance in more depth
  • To appreciate the importance of effective referral processes.

The course starts with a three day intensive ‘Tutoring Essentials’ workshop on 29th, 30th & 31st August 2017 which will be held at Cauldwell Street (Bedford College). Other attendance dates will be published at this event. Successful applicants will become a student at both Bedford College and the University of Bedfordshire and will therefore have access to both sets of facilities and amenities within each institution.

Course Information & How to Apply

The deadline has now passed and we are no longer accepting applications. Please contact our Student Recruitment Team on 01234 291000 for alternatives.

LengthStart DateFeesCourse Code
30 weeks Flexible £1000 A634


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Additional formats
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