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Duration (approx) 600 hours
Qualification Certificate

Learn to motivate your students.

Learn more about -

  • Face to face delivery skills.
  • Motivation.
  • Child development.
  • Developmental psychology.
  • Instructional skills.
  • Leadership.

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Be the best educator you can be - learn how to motivate and lead students and trainees.

One of the most difficult things about being a teacher is motivating students.  This certificate level qualification enables you to understand more about motivating students in the classroom and other areas of teaching.  The course covers classroom delivery skills, motivation and leadership.

  • This course is suitable for teachers, trainers, classroom assistants, teaching assistants and anyone working to educate students.
  • Improve your teaching and training - encourage students to WANT to learn.
  • Understand more about motivation in and outside the classroom.
  • Understand how to identify more the needs of individuals and how to effectively communicate, train, and lead them.
  • Learn how to influence and persuade.
  • Learn how to deal with stress and conflict; how to negotiate and mediate.

Course Structure and Content

Course Duration: 600 hours.

Start Date: Start at any time - study at a pace that suits you, and with full tutor support for the duration of your studies.

Content: The course is comprised of six 100 hour modules.

There are five Core Modules - Educational Psychology, Motivation, Classroom Delivery Skills, Instructional Skills and Leadership.

Students then choose one elective from - Child Development and Developmental Psychology.

The Core Modules

There five core modules are summarised below.  Please click on the course tile for further information on each.

Educational Psychology BPS105
By understanding how people learn, you can become more effective in your approach to helping them to learn.  This 7 lesson module looks at the theories of development and learning.  Students will consider how people learn, how information is processed and how it is retained.  As student’s progress through the module, they will look at how to determine the needs of individuals, which coupled with their studies on how people learn will provide them with the necessary tools to be able to effectively tailor their methods for the benefit of the individual.  The right approach of course is important, and the module is concluded with a lesson on motivation which looks at different motivational theories and factors which may affect an individual’s motivation.

Motivation VBS111
Through 8 lessons, the Motivation module looks at paths to the motivation of individuals and groups.  It considers reinforcement, conditioning, and reward as well as looking at the effect of group influences on personal motivation, and other less direct forms such as space and time management.  Being able to properly motivate individuals provides tangible benefits for everyone in a multitude of environments, whether enhancing learning by enabling the student to be more receptive, or increasing productivity in the workplace by engendering a positive culture, you improve the outcome for the individual/group both in terms of the direct result but also for their own personal wellbeing.  The module concludes with a special project where a student will apply their newfound knowledge to plan strategies for improving individual’s motivation in the work place.

Classroom Delivery Skills BGN106
Having the knowledge to share with others is one thing, but being able to educate them is another if your ability to share it is limited.  This module covers the key areas of effectively delivering the message.  Through 8 lessons, students will look at the principles of effective communication in the classroom and factors that may hinder this.  Communication is a two way process, the giver and the recipient both need to take part in the communication – the recipient needs to listen in order to hear the message, whilst the giver needs to listen to ensure that the recipient has understood the message.  The module looks at listening skills, obstacles that prevent proper listening and issues that may arise from this.  Lessons considering motivation, stress and conflict management and how to mediate and negotiate complete the skills covered by this module.  

Instructional Skills BGN101
This is an 11 lesson module concerned with effective communication in a training or workplace environment.  The module considers the different ways to communicate and how to plan, deliver, and assess training.  Important factors in effective training are covered by lessons where students will learn how to determine training requirements in a workplace, how these should be delivered, understanding the needs of the learners and how to motivate them.  The trainer also needs to be capable of influencing the recipients of training – although motivation plays an important part to the success of training, a trainer may need to be able to persuade recipients to adopt an open or positive outlook in respect of proposed training or messages that they are trying to convey.  The module concludes with a lesson on the training of assessors and how to prepare trainees to meet the requirements of the competency standards for assessors.

Leadership BBS110
Through 7 lessons, this module will teach students the steps to becoming a good leader.  The module looks at the different styles and approaches to leadership and the qualities required by those intending to lead.  As well as being able to think, effective leaders need to have the right approach, develop relationships with others appropriate to their situation, and be able to communicate effectively, and influence and be assertive when needed.  The final lesson of the module brings together the content of the preceding lessons by asking students to consider and plan a project or event.

The Elective Modules

Students are to choose one of the following:

Child Psychology BPS104
This 12 lesson module is concerned with the developmental stages of children from newborn and infants through school age years.  The module considers all of the significant areas such as senses, emotions, socialism, cognitive development, learning, and language.  Notable psychological research and theories are explored within the module providing students with a balanced approach to ideas and concepts.  The module also includes sections which look at influences both within the family structure and externally, such as influences from school and peers.

Developmental Psychology BPS210
This 10 lesson module looks at the psychological development of individuals throughout their lives.  Different stages in an individual’s life bring about different influences and different challenges.  This module seeks to help the student to better understand how people develop, through all ages of life with lessons on each of the key life stages: Early childhood, Middle childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood, Late Adulthood.  Students will look at cognitive, social, and moral development as relevant through each of these stages before then considering the potential challenges faced through each stage of a person’s life.  Having a heightened awareness of developmental psychology is a big advantage when dealing with people in any capacity. It helps you understand work colleagues, clients, friends and family members and is a very valuable tool for teachers, managers, counsellors and welfare workers amongst many other professions.

How the Course Works

You can start the course at any time.

It is studied by distance learning, so you can study in the comfort of your own home. But this doesn't mean you are all alone in your studies.  Our highly qualified and friendly tutors are there to help you every step of the way.  If you have any questions at all, they are always happy to help.

How the Certificate is Assessed

The Certificate In Student Motivation requires around 600 hours of study. This is made up of six 100 hour modules.

To pass the course –

  1. Pass all assignments on the six 100 hour modules. There will be an assignment at the end of each lesson to submit to your tutor for marking and feedback.
  2. Pass six examinations – one on each module. These are usually taken at the end of the module and can be arranged at a time and location to suit you.

If you are not ready to study for the Certificate In Motivation, each of the modules can be studied as an individual course.

The Advantages of Studying with ACS

  • You can start the course at any time and study at your own pace.
  • Fit your studies around your own busy lifestyle - we provide full tutor support for all the time you are studying.
  • Study where you want to - online studies offer the flexibility for you to determine where and when you study.

Why Should you Study this Course?

Study the Certificate In Student Motivation if

  • You would like to be a better teacher.
  • You would like to motivate and inspire the people you are educating.
Be a great teacher!  Learn to inspire and motivate your students.

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Meet some of our academics

Tracey Jones (psychology)B.Sc. (Hons) (Psychology), M.Soc.Sc (social work), DipSW (social work), PGCE (Education), PGD (Learning Disability Studies) Tracey began studying psychology in 1990. She has a wide range of experience within the psychology and social work field, particularly working with people with learning disabilities. She is also qualified as a teacher and now teaches psychology and social work related subjects. She has been a book reviewer for the British Journal of Social Work and has also written many textbooks, blogs, articles and ebooks on psychology, writing, sociology, child development and more. She has had also several short stories published.
Dr. Gareth PearceGraduated from the University of Nottingham in 1982 with a B.Sc.(Hons) in Animal Science. Between 82 and 85 worked as Research Assistant and Demonstator in Animal Science at the University of Leeds. Over more than 30 years he has furthered his studies, obtaining eight significant university qualifications including degrees in Veterinary Science, Wildlife Conservation and Animal Behaviour. Gareth has significant teaching experience around the world as a faculty member at eight different universities including Associate Professor at Murdoch University and Director of Studies in Veterinary Science at Cambridge University. He has over 100 prestigious research papers published, and enjoys an outstanding international reputation in the fields of animal and veterinary science.

Check out our eBooks

LearningA book to help students learn and to discover better learning techniques. There are lots of different techniques for learning. Most work well for some people, but not for others. If you understand the way in which a particular individual is most likely to learn, you can better determine the most appropriate learning techniques for them to use. This book helps you understand both the theory and the practical solutions that can help improve learning whether at home, at school, at work or at play.
Coping Better with Negative EmotionsThis book is designed to help you understand the things that cause stress, the problems that can arise, and the broad range of ways people might manage their stress.
Counselling HandbookA book for both students, as well as volunteers who may be involved in helping people with problems. This is a starting point for understanding counselling, and a reference for developing counselling skills. The book contains seven chapters: 1. Where can counselling be used 2. How to see behind the mask 3. Emotions and attitudes 4. How to communicate better when all you have is words 5. Theory versus practice 6. Diffusing difficult situations 7. Golden rules or tips
How Children ThinkAnyone who has ever tried to make a child do anything (clean up their mess, desist from throwing mud, stop drawing on the walls) knows that children think differently to adults. This book attempts to provide the skills and knowledge to develop a greater understanding of children.