Level 5 Certificate in Observation of Teaching and Learning (QCF)

OTTL Level 5


This qualification has been developed for qualified and experienced teachers who undertake formal observations of colleagues delivering teaching or training sessions particularly those who manage a team of observers. The qualification will develop your skills and knowledge in undertaking teaching, training and learning session observations and post observation feedback processes. If you already have observation experience you will still benefit considerably from completion of this course and the achievement of the qualification because it provides recognition of your skills. The content is 100% vocational learning



You must be a qualified and experienced teacher currently employed in an education role.. It is essential that you have good English language skills and you will be expected to have good written and verbal English e.g. at or above GCSE Grade C, a good understanding of teaching and learning skills, and how learning takes place.



The qualification develops your understanding of the purposes and possible impacts of a range of observation types. You will develop your knowledge and skills to enable you to prepare for, conduct observations and feedback in an ethical and professional manner . This includes being able to make, standardise and moderate judgements and reporting on observed sessions in a format appropriate to context and situation.


The unit is assessed through the compilation of a portfolio of evidence which includes internally set and marked and externally verified assignments. Your work must show evidence of relevant independent reading, and the use of quotations and references as required, identified using academic referencing. Centres are able to choose appropriate assessment methods providing all the requirements of the qualification can be met. Academic referencing e.g. using quotes from text books within learners’ work must be used. Learning journals are a good way of documenting progress and achievement, but are not a formal requirement. Suggested assessment methods include: recorded discussion, mini presentation, professional discussion, Observation reports/ feedback/ moderation. You will be expected to complete a minimum of three observation reports over the duration of the qualification. It is expected that improvements in your observation skills would be demonstrated as you progress through the qualification.