Award in Teaching Writing Skills in Primary and Secondary Schools

MQF Level: 6

ECTS Value: 6 ECTS

Duration: 12 Sessions

Contact Hours: 30

Self Study Hours: 72

Assessment Hours: 48


Programme Description

Educators will be able to apply writing process methodology in their classroom, in an after-school setting and/or with individual students. They will develop the skills to plan authentic writing activities, to lead students through the writing process, and how to provide tangible feedback to students.

Educators will analyse different writing genres in terms of language use and styles adopted, develop skills to select the most appropriate writing strategies, and how to analyse writing activities within a balanced literacy approach, to address students’ literacy needs. The gradual release model of responsibility will be utilised; and participants will gain the skills to plan modelled, guided and independent writing activities.

The training course will help participants understand the reading-writing connection, the use of writing workshops and how to use authentic texts and books during writing activities.

Entry Requirements

Applicants interested in following this programme are to satisfy one of the minimum eligibility criteria:

  • A minimum of MQF Level 5 in Education (60 ECTS); OR
  • Diploma in Facilitating Inclusive Education at MQF Level 5 (60 ECTS) AND 2 full years in an
    educational role.

Overall Objectives and Outcomes

The objectives of this short programme are for participants to able to:

a) Describe and discuss writing process methodology, the gradual release of responsibility model and the reading-writing connection;
b) Plan a writing programme based on students’ needs and difficulties;
c) Develop a range of writing activities within a balanced literacy approach;
d) Collaborate with parents/caregivers and plan to involve them in writing activities in the classroom;
e) Analyse own learning for professional growth;
f) Develop the skills and ability to be able to further one’s studies at a higher level;
g) Critically reflect on own practice.

Course Outline

Programme Structure and Mode of Delivery

For further details regarding delivery and assessment, kindly refer to the individual module descriptors below and on the IfE Portal.


Upon successful completion of this module, course participants will be conferred an accredited certification. 

Further Learning Opportunities and Career Progression

Upon successful completion of this module, course participants may use certification conferred to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning for accredited programmes. Teachers may also use this certification in their application for accelerated progression.

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