teacher training

We offer a part-time teacher training course for adults. Trinity Guildhall's syllabus and examinations at ATCL and LTCL Diploma level provide a scheme of assessment in a range of performing arts disciplines, including teaching, at comparable standards to higher education studies. These qualifications are of particular value to those working with individuals and groups in studios, young peoples' theatre, schools and colleges. Their assessment standards are comparable to those of other qualifications available at Levels 4 and 6 in the National Qualifications Framework

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Overview

Trinity Guildhall's examinations at Associate and Licentiate diploma levels provide a scheme of assessment in a range of performing arts disciplines at comparable standards to higher education studies.

Admission to the course

Candidates are admitted to the course at the discretion of the Course Leader and the Theatrix Principal. Candidates will provide evidence that they comply with the Trinity Guildhall course prerequisites. They will also be subject to clearance by the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB).

Tuition, teaching experience and study time

Candidates will normally complete the course in one year comprising two 12 week and one 10 week term. All candidates will have a weekly 1.5 hour session with the Course Leader and, from week 3, will have a weekly 1.5 hour commitment to teaching experience. LTCL candidates will have an additional weekly 0.5 hour session with the Course Leader in the first two terms and an additional weekly 1.5 hour session in the third term. All candidates will be required to undertake a considerable amount of private study.

Using Theatrix as a resource

Under the guidance of the Course Leader candidates can

  • teach Theatrix classes and Individual students to gain their required teaching experience
  • choose the age ranges to teach that are appropriate to their training objectives
  • observe the teaching of the wide range of ages in other Theatrix classes and teaching situations
  • talk to and gain guidance from experienced Theatrix tutors
  • observe workshops, rehearsals, productions, corporate work and other Theatrix activities

The students Theatrix classes range from 5 to approximately 19 years old. There are 16 one hour classes per week with 10-12 students in each class. Theatrix also teaches young students and adults on one-to-one and small group (maximum 3) bases.

Using The Abbey Theatre

The course is based at The Abbey Theatre in St Albans. The candidates' workspace will be the theatre's high standard rehearsal rooms and performance spaces. There is a 240-seat proscenium arch theatre and a 70-seat studio theatre, both fully equipped with sound and lighting facilities.

Academic Progress

A candidate's academic progress will be subject to continuous review and s/he will be given regular opportunities to discuss progress. A candidate is encouraged to discuss with the tutor(s) any query or concerns s/he may have regarding the course.

Course regulations

The Trinity Guildhall assessment requirements involve specified teaching experience with individuals and groups of pupils. Regular and punctual attendance at those sessions and in the preparatory and follow-up sessions with the Course Leader is essential. The necessary professional standards will include support for the Theatrix tutors in charge of the teaching practice groups and students. Submission dates for internal assessments will be given and should be met. In exceptional circumstances if there is a risk that a deadline will be missed an extension to the submission date should be sought from the Course Leader.

Notification of absences

A candidate is required to notify the Course Leader if s/he is going to be absent from my lesson or lessons.

Course Fees

Course Fees are payable in two equal instalments. The first instalment must be paid prior to the beginning of the candidate's first term. The second instalment must be paid prior to the beginning of the candidate's second term. We reserve the right not to admit a candidate to a class where outstanding fees have not been paid.

Examination Entry Fees

Examination Entry Fees are payable in full prior to the submission of the Trinity Guildhall Entry.

Payments

Please make all cheques payable to Theatrix. Payment, with the completed invoice return slip should be sent to Theatrix, 198 Sandridge Road, St Albans AL1 4AL. If you are paying by cash, please ask for a receipt as mistakes cannot be rectified later if there is no record of payment. If a candidate encounters a financial difficulty that is likely to prejudice his/her ability to pay a fee, s/he must contact Dennis O'Connell-Baker on
01727 860217 immediately to discuss the matter.

Notice to leave

A half-term's notice is required in writing if a student intends to leave. Otherwise, Theatrix reserves the right to retain any fees already paid or to charge a half year's fee In lieu of notice, unless a mutual arrangement has been agreed.

Respect

A candidate is required to respect all academic and professional requirements of the course. Theatrix is firmly committed to the promotion of equality of opportunity for all its students and candidates are expected to support this commitment. Theatrix reserves the right to ask any candidate to leave the course if his/her behaviour is disruptive or adversely affecting the work or welfare of colleagues. Candidates are also required to comply with the rules and regulations of The Abbey Theatre Trust in respect of its premises.

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Aims

This qualification is evidence that the candidate can plan and deliver a taught programme for a specific learner or group of learners in a given setting and reflect upon its effectiveness. The qualification is of particular value to those working with individuals and small groups in studios, young peoples' theatre and colleges. Its assessment standards are comparable to those of other qualifications available at Level 4 in the National Qualifications Framework or to the first year of degree-level study.

Prerequisites

The minimum age for this qualification is 18 years on date of registration. There are no formal prerequisites but candidates are advised to gain Grade 8 in Speech and Drama or equivalent qualifications/experience.

Learning outcomes

For successful completion of this qualification candidates will be able to:

  • execute teaching work effectively in the field of Speech and Drama
  • use a wide range of teaching materials
  • execute work effectively at an appropriate professional level, working in response to larger structures, and/or directions of others
  • demonstrate an awareness of the wider context of the material they are working with, especially in relation to the performing arts and education in general
  • conduct investigative projects and develop new approaches to present concepts to students
  • demonstrate command of subject knowledge and the ability to plan work for others to achieve set goals.

Structure and marking scheme

This qualification comprises three units, all of which must be passed for successful completion of the award.

Unit 1Principles of Teaching (written paper)
Unit 2Teaching experience (submitted materials)
Unit 3Practical applications (demonstration and viva voce)

To achieve a pass overall, candidates must achieve 50% of the marks available in each unit. To be awarded a Distinction, candidates must pass each unit and must achieve an overall mark of 75% or above, but need not achieve 75% or more In every unit.

The units may be taken in any order and must be completed within three years from the date of the first submission.

Assessment criteria

Each unit is defined in terms of assessment objectives and these are measured using the following criteria:

  • knowledge and understanding of teaching techniques, roles and contexts
  • communication
  • planning and contextual awareness
  • integration of skills, knowledge and awareness.

At ATCL candidates should be able to demonstrate their teaching skills and reflect critically on their own practice.




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Aims

This qualification is evidence that the candidate can plan and deliver a taught programme for a range of learners, learner groups and settings and can evaluate their effectiveness. It is suitable for those who will take responsibility for planning and teaching Speech and Drama, Musical Theatre, Performance Arts, Applied Drama or Communication Skills in schools, colleges, private studios and theatre education departments. Its assessment standards are comparable to those of other qualifications available at Level 6 in the National Qualifications Framework or to the final year of degree-level study.

Prerequisites

The minimum age for this qualification is 19 on the date of registration. Candidates are required to hold an ATCL in Performing or Teaching (Speech and Drama, Musical Theatre, Theatre Arts or Communication Skills) or equivalent vocational qualification, or have Approved Prior Learning. Candidates who have not taken the ATCL Teaching are advised to study the syllabus set out on previous pages as background on levels of knowledge, awareness, expectations and range of tasks which need to be built on for the LTCL Teaching diploma.

Learning outcomes

For successful completion of this qualification candidates will be able to:

  • engage effectively in a range of teaching environments
  • execute work effectively with a high degree of professionalism, taking full responsibility for the teaching environment
  • integrate complex material into the learning process
  • demonstrate a high level of creativity and originality in developing and presenting media, materials and concepts
  • reflect critically upon their own practice and that of others
  • demonstrate command of subject knowledge and commensurate confidence in developing the skills and knowledge of the learners, providing inspiration and motivation
  • teach skills, understanding and knowledge based on familiarity with current and historical literature in the relevant subject.

Expectations

Candidates who pass will show clear evidence of knowledge and understanding and relevant reading, with some development of ideas, critical comment or methodology. Candidates will make the aims of the practical work explicit, and will demonstrate organisational ability and self-awareness in planning, implementing and/or evaluating educational practices. Lesson plans, schemes of work, assessment procedures or any other material will be clearly presented, although critical discussion of them maybe limited. The practical work will be suitable for chosen age, ability, nationality or other characteristics of the students, although reasons for its suitability may not be explicit. Within these limitations there will be indications that the candidate has grasped fundamental concepts and procedures in the field.

Structure and marking scheme

This qualification comprises three units, all of which must be passed for successful completion of the award.

Unit 1Principles of Teaching (written paper)
Unit 2 Teaching experience (submitted materials)
Unit 3 Practical applications (demonstration and viva voce)

To achieve a pass overall, candidates must achieve a pass in each unit. The pass mark is 50% of the marks available. To be awarded a Distinction, candidates must pass in each unit and must achieve an overall mark of 75% or above, but need not achieve 75% or more in every unit.

The units may be taken in any order and must be completed within three years from the date of the first submission.

Assessment criteria

Each unit is defined in terms of assessment objectives and these are measured using the following criteria:

  • knowledge and understanding of appropriate teaching techniques
  • communication
  • planning and awareness of the needs of students
  • integration of skills, knowledge and awareness.

At LTCL candidates should be able to reflect critically upon their work and that of others in addition to being able to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and teaching skills.

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