Our Learning and Assessment Processes

 

FM Tutor qualification courses for levels 3, 4, 5 and 6 are running on a continual rolling basis, allowing learners to join any time.  We suggest that learners allow themselves approximately one to two months for each unit of study; giving themselves plenty of time to investigate and research the topic, gathering evidence suitable for their assessment. This also reduces the stress of combining work, study and family life.

 

For all levels we provide an Induction & Study Skills session for our learners via skype or face to face.    We offer dedicated Tutorial support to help learners complete their assessments and deal with the many distractions from work, family and other demands on their time.  We are flexible with our support, not restricted to office hours, so learners can get the help at a time that suits them.

 

 

We run our programmes as distance learning mode of study, with learner centric support.

 

1    Tutorial Support - a subject matter expert Tutor is allocated for each unit of study.  They arrange tutorial time via skype / 'phone / email to discuss the topic / assessment requirements and guide learner in their studies.

2    Draft Feedback - detailed feedback for each draft (up to two are permitted) prior to the final submission of evidence.

3    Bespoke learning materials - bespoke workbooks for levels 5 and 6; powerpoint and video clips; handouts and FM Desk Reference textbook for levels 3 & 4 ensure learners get sufficient appropriate resources to support their studies.

 

An Induction & Study Skills session is provided for all new learners ensures a good and effective start to the programme.  This session is mandatory and usually takes one to two hours; depending on the level of study and prior academic study experience of the learner.    The Tutor will explain the programme, the units of study, study skills, and how to make effective use of the materials.   This helps to prepare all learners in the methods used in assessment to provide evidence of their knowledge, understanding and application to their workplace.

 

Assessment Methods

At the end of each unit evidence is required to show knowledge and application in the workplace for the units of study.  Level 3 units are assessed via the standard IWFM test papers.  We use the standard IWFM assessment papers for levels 4, 5 and 6. Assessment evidence is mostly in the form of written reports, however other methods may be used, though this would be discussed and agreed with FM Tutor & Associates prior to commencement of study.

 

Tutorial Support

Tutorial support for each unit of study is provided by a subject matter expert.  The tutor will offer guidance and support in the drafting of assessment evidence.  Learners are able to submit up to two whole drafts of their report of evidence prior to the final assessment.  Additional support and guidance is available for a learner's first unit of study.  Comprehensive feedback is provided at each stage.  Learners are also able to contact their tutor during the assessment period.  We use various methods of communication to facilitate the tutorial support - email, text, telephone and skype.  We also encourage our learners to attend local and national IWFM and FM industry events and network with both learners and the Associate Tutorial team.

 

Entry Requirements

Whilst there are no formal entry requirements for any programme, learners are asked to submit their CV and discuss the appropriate course and qualification level with us prior to registration.

 

The IWFM Qualifications require candidates to be able to provide evidence across a range of topics.  The typical format for this evidence is a written report using MS Word.  Learners will need to be able to express themselves clearly in written English to a level that would be expected of a manager in business. This means good grammar, spelling and an appreciation of style and layout. Reasonable ability to use the essential features of MS Word is expected; with access to technology to facilitate this.  Guidance on referencing and more academics writing styles for Levels 5 & 6 will be provided.

 

For students whose mother language is not English, we recommend that a score of 5.5 in the IELTS scheme is obtained. This score is midway between a moderate and a competent user of English as defined by the IELTS. The International English Language Testing System is used widely across the world and all Universities use this system in their entry requirements. You can visit their website for more information and read their booklet.

 

At levels 5 and 6, learners will need to undertake detailed analysis, evaluation and investigation of various aspects of FM; generally using their employer; site; FM department as the basis for their reports.  Guidance is given to develop these skills.  for those between jobs; or not able to use their employer site; then case studies may be used to test the learner's ability and knowledge.

 

Corporate Clients

 

For our corporate clients we can develop bespoke class based, blended or distance learning courses that suits their organisation's learning and development strategy. We work closely with the client's internal Learner and Development team to create the appropriate study programme to suit business and learners needs.   Sample programmes are available on request.

 

To arrange a visit and discussion, please contact Jane Wiggins, Managing Director jane@fmtutor.co.uk