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What makes Tutoring at Worcester special?

The first of its kind in the country, the University diploma is a distinctive academic qualification for those who are looking to retrain and start a tutoring business or existing tutors wishing to have their skills accredited. This course offers you the chance to engage in further study and will equip you with the skills and business acumen to enhance your job prospects as a tutor.

Many people have the necessary skills and experience to make an excellent tutor. You may tutor colleagues within your current role at work or be tutoring children and young people and seek formal accreditation of your skills. While it is not possible to teach in many state schools in the UK without a formal teaching qualification, you can offer your services as a tutor - someone who offers in-depth one-to-one tuition to individuals or groups to help them with their job, course work, tests or exams.

A recent Ipsos Mori poll found that 24% of all young people in the UK have received private tuition at some point; in London, the figure rises to 40%. Given the unprecedented circumstances this is likely to rise.

Contact admissions@worc.ac.uk to enquire about our next intake.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Flexible online course that can be studied full or part-time in the comfort of your own home

  • Build confidence, knowledge and skills in all aspects of tutoring

  • Explore and apply traditional tutoring and e-tutoring models

  • Entrepreneurial advice to starting your tutoring career and business

  • Endorsed by Tutors’ Association

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Accredited by University of Worcester and endorsed by Tutors’ Association

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

  • GCSE grade C/4 (or equivalent) in English & specialist subject.
  • Successful study at Level 3 or 4.
  • Good subject knowledge in the chosen tutoring field e.g. A level, or a degree in your subject area

We welcome applicants who hold alternative qualifications/experience different to those shown in this section who can demonstrate the ability to benefit from the course and show their potential to complete the course successfully. Although recent preparatory study at an appropriate level (e.g. an Access to Higher Education Diploma) is recommended, students may be considered on the basis of prior evidenced professional/work experience and/or other assessment procedures, and the assessment of personal suitability.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Other information

To be a successful tutor you need to have a range of skills and experience:

  • Subject specific knowledge is vital. It is important to go into your sessions confident that you have some new information or a new approach to offer the student. The academic knowledge and discipline of a university education is an ideal preparation to be a tutor.
  • Excellent oral communication skills
  • Good IT skills
  • Good knowledge of revision and exam techniques
Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

University Diploma in Tutoring

Indicative overview of content

  • Induction

  • Theories of learning

  • Building relationships

  • Managing behaviour

  • Planning for learning

  • Managing learners’ needs & inclusion

  • Safeguarding and health & safety

  • Checking learners’ understanding

  • Tutoring environments including online tutoring

  • Exploring tutoring apps

  • Revision and exam techniques

  • Tutoring as a business

  • Reflection on tutoring

Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching

Induction and tutorials are conducted face to face virtually at a designated time. Meetings with your tutor are scheduled on at least 3 occasions to discuss your progress and prepare you for assessments.

Teaching is conducted through an interactive virtual learning environment and includes recorded seminars, webinars, quizzes and a self-assessment tool which you can engage with in your own time. Recorded seminars contain the key content of the course. Recorded seminars are supplemented with high quality online materials and handouts to support you in becoming an effective tutor. Materials can be downloaded and/or engaged with on screen. An online self-assessment tool informed by the National Occupational Standards and the Tutors’ Association Code of Professional Practice and Code of Ethics is designed for you to consider your increasing competency.

The University places emphasis on enabling you to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement.  A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support from Student Services and Library Services, and also the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will help you to flourish and be successful.

Location of teaching

You are taught through online materials, recorded seminars, discussion forums and other flexible mediums at a time to suit you.

Induction and tutorials are conducted face to face virtually at a designated time. Meetings with your tutor are scheduled on at least 3 occasions to discuss your progress and prepare you for assessments.

Contact time

You will have contact time at induction through the virtual learning environment and when reviewing your academic progress.

  • 1 x 3 hr induction
  • 3 x 1 hr academic tutorials to prepare for assessments

Independent self-study

You are expected to undertake 37 hours of guided non-contact study per week if studying full-time. This will be structured around the specific skills required from a tutor based on the National Occupational Standards, other tutoring standards related to your profession and skills needed to develop your own tutoring business. Typically, this will involve researching specific aspects of the role of the tutor and preparing for the assessed elements of the Diploma as well as engagement with

  • 8 x 2 hr recorded seminar
  • 1 x 2 hr webinar
  • 2 x 1 hr quiz
  • 2 x 2 hr self-assessment

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including our state of the art library The Hive and its online resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes tutors from the School of Education at the University of Worcester.

Teaching is informed by the research and all of our course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Duration

  • 8 weeks full time
  • 16 weeks part time

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments. The course has two formal or 'summative' assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.

Assessment methods include creating online content in a tutoring app and the submission of a portfolio.

The summative assessment pattern for the course is:

  • 1 x artefact: Create online content using a tutoring app.
  • 1 x critically reflective e-portfolio.

Feedback

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on summative assessments. Feedback is intended to support learning and you will have the opportunity to discuss this with your personal academic tutor.

We aim to provide you with feedback on course assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.  

In person teaching from September

We intend to start the academic year as planned in September 2020.

For many years, the majority of our teaching has taken place in small group settings such as seminars, laboratory classes, tutorials, clinical simulation and other practical sessions. We are planning to continue to teach these in person, while strictly following the Government safety guidelines in place at the time.

Other sessions will be delivered through a blend of in-person and online learning. You can read more about this approach in our coronavirus FAQs.

The Qualification

Although you do not require a specific qualification to work as a tutor, many graduates find it helpful to have a professional introduction to this area of work.

The Diploma in Tutoring is a new, university-level qualification, which has been designed to prepare you for a career in tutoring. Expert lecturers from the University of Worcester's Institute of Education will help develop your teaching skills, as well as guiding you through some of the practicalities of tutoring, including:

  • How can I make my lessons interesting and useful?
  • How do I adapt my approach for different ages of students, including adults?
  • How much should I charge?
  • Where should I see students?
  • What issues do I need to think about (including Disclosure and Barring Services)?
  • How do I advertise my services?
  • How do I set and share professional expectations?
Careers

Where could it take you?

Tutoring is an excellent and flexible way to help individuals improve their performance in their subject or area of work whether you are self-employed or whether you work within an organisation. Students call upon the services of tutors for a variety of reasons including:

  • support with subject knowledge
  • exam preparation
  • support with career-change
  • lifelong learning
Costs

How much will it cost?

Costs

The fees for 2020/21 are:

  • University of Worcester current students: £600
  • University of Worcester Alumni: £750
  • Other: £900
How to apply

How do you apply?

We would always welcome enquiries about the University Diploma in Tutoring

If you would like any further information on how to apply for this course, please contact Julie Perry j.perry@worc.ac.uk

Get in touch

For further information or to book your place on the course, get in touch with us on:

Julie Perry

Education Administrator