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Qualification - Certificate in Motivating Students

Course CodeVPS036
Fee CodeCT
Duration (approx)600 hours

Would you like to motivate your students more?

Do you want to be a better teacher and encourage your students to learn? This course is the course for you. A certificate level qualification that looks at student motivation, leadership, instructional skills, classroom delivery skills and much more.  

This course is suitable for -

  • teachers
  • trainers
  • teaching assistants
  • classroom assistants
  • support staff in education
  • anyone involved in educating students

Improve the teaching you offer to students.

  • Motivate and inspire them
  • Improve your own job and career prospects by becoming better at your job.
  • Recognised by IARC (International Accreditation and Recognition Council)


Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Qualification - Certificate in Motivating Students.
 Classroom Delivery Skills BGN106
 Educational Psychology BPS105
 Instructional Skills BGN101
 Leadership BBS110
 Motivation VBS111
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 1 of the following 2 modules.
 Child Psychology BPS104
 Developmental Psychology BPS210

Note that each module in the Qualification - Certificate in Motivating Students is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.


Educational Psychology

There are 7 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction -Development & Learning Theory
  2. Behavioural Learning
  3. Information Processing
  4. Memory Retention & Loss
  5. Individual Needs
  6. Constructivist Learning
  7. Motivation


This course contains eight lessons, as follows:

  1. Introduction
  2. Awareness
  3. Tangible Rewards
  4. Intangible Rewards
  5. Negative Motivators
  6. Initiating Motivation
  7. Maintaining Motivation
  8. Applications

Classroom Delivery Skills

Eight lessons covering -     

  1. Interpersonal communication in education - Basic principles of communication, verbal and non-verbal communication,  factors affecting communication, self-awareness and communication, reactive patterns, intent, teacher student ratio, factors affecting communication in the classroom, student diversity, student expectations, teacher's needs and expectations, society and culture, communication and education approaches, teacher-centred and student-centred learning, verbal skills for classroom teaching, questioning, lecturing or giving a talk, elements of lecturing.
  2. Listening Skills - Stages of listening, key elements of listening in the classroom, obstacles to listening, anxiety, hearing, lack of interest, bias, selective attention, bias, negativity, listening skills, active listening, empathic listening, responding to received communications.
  3. Understanding motivation - What is motivation? Variables of motivation, theories of motivation, Maslow's theory of motivation, motivations, primary, unlearned motivators, secondary or learned motivators, motivation and anxiety, motivation and distress.
  4. Motivational factors - Incentives, internal and external incentives, relational character of incentives, enhancing intrinsic motivators, social reinforcers as incentives, influence of groups on individual motivation, social loafing.
  5. Applying motivation to education - Motivation and goals, expectations, vicious and virtuous cycles,  practical applications, assessing student's current situation, deal with emotions, identify existing barriers to learning, establish goals and priorities, locate and apply useful resources.
  6. Stress management - Flight or fight response, long term problems, what happens when a person is stressed, stress management program.
  7. Conflict management - What is conflict? Conflict handling techniques, anger, dealing with anger in others, modifying anger, role play and conflict management.
  8. Mediation and Negotiation - What is negotiation? Establishment groups, community groups, joint problem solving approach, effective negotiating behaviour, mediation, mediator's responsibilities, facilitation, attributes of a good facilitator, balance of power, power imbalance, group work and discussion, conflict training exercises.

Instructional Skills

There are 11 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction to Training
  2. Understanding Learning
  3. Determining Training Requirements in The Workplace
  4. Commencing Training
  5. Developing a Lesson Plan
  6. Assessment and Evaluation of Training Programs
  7. Training Aids
  8. One-To-One Training
  9. Motivation Skills and Techniques
  10. Promoting Training
  11. Assessor Training


The course comprise 7 lessons, as follows: 

1.  Introduction to Leadership (nature and scope of leadership)

  • Defining Leadership
  • Leadership and Group Culture
  • Leadership & Accountability
  • Theories of Leadership
  • Leadership Styles
  • Situational Leadership
  • Contingency Theories
  • Style Theories
  • Informal Leadership
  • Inspirational Leadership
  • Path Goal Theory
  • Instrumental Theories
  • Four Framework Leadership Model
  • Scope of Leadership
  • Leader Responsibilities
  • Sources of Power for a Leader
  • Professional Leadership

2.  Leadership Characteristics/Qualities

  • Good Leader Characteristics
  • Leadership Potential
  • Emotionally Intelligent Leadership
  • Cognitive Barriers to Leadership
  • Nature vs Nurture: Leader Qualities
  • Self Assessment

3. Interpersonal Relationships

  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Empathy
  • Influencing Others
  • Perception
  • Self Knowledge
  • The Thought, Feeling, Action Cycle
  • Developing Self Awareness
  • Self Disclosure
  • Assertiveness

4. Communication Skills

  • The Communication Process
  • Body Language
  • Basic Principles of Communication
  • Factors Affecting Effective Communication
  • Awareness
  • Intent
  • Listening
  • Providing Feedback
  • Paraphrasing
  • Reflective Responses
  • Summarizing
  • Preventing Ineffective Listening
  • Open Questions
  • Communication Barriers

5. Team Building

  • Benefits of Teams
  • Elements of a Team
  • Establishing a Team
  • Types of Team Members (Collaborators, Communicators, Challengers, Contributors
  • Team Leadership
  • Team Leader Responsibilities
  • Decision Making in Teams

6. Systematic and Lateral Thinking

  • Metacognition
  • Perception Formation
  • Bases for Perception
  • Information and Perception Formation
  • Gestalt Theory & Patterns of Perception
  • Schemas
  • Perception Formation Implications for a Leader
  • Lateral Thinking
  • Win-Win Negotiation
  • Systematic Thinking
  • Legal Liability

7. Applications

  • Explain the significance of leadership for a specific project or event.
  • Identify the role and tasks of leadership, in the same project.
  • Integrate factual information with theoretical information to derive a sensible solution to a leadership problem in a sensible timeframe in the same project.
  • Plan the development and building of the team to achieve these aims in the same project.
  • Plan actions for sustaining and motivating the team to achieve the aims.
  • Provide information on the plan of action to organize the event.


Please pick one module from Child Psychology or Developmental Psychology

Child Psychology (This is an Elective Module)

There are 12 lessons in this course:

1. Introduction to Child Psychology

  • Levels of development
  • Nature or nurture, 
  • Isolating hereditary characteristics, 
  • Cause versus correlation, 
  • Continuity versus discontinuity, 
  • Cross sectional and longitudinal studies, 
  • Reliability of verbal reports

2. The Newborn Infant

  • The Interactionist Approach, 
  • Range of Reaction, 
  • Niche Picking, 
  • Temperament Stimulus seeking, 
  • Emotional Disturbances During Pregnancy

3. States and Senses of the Infant

  • Sensory Discrimination, 
  • Infant States (sleep, Inactivity, Waking, Crying etc), 
  • Why are Psychologists so concerned with defining and describing these infant states? 
  • Habituation, 
  • Crying, 
  • Soothing a Distressed Baby, 
  • Sound Discrimination, 
  • Smell and Taste Discrimination, 
  • Visual Discrimination, 
  • Depth Perception, 
  • Oral Sensitivity

4. Learning

  • Habituation, 
  • Vicarious Learning, 
  • Classical Conditioning, 
  • Operant Conditioning, 
  • Reinforcement, 
  • The Importance of Learning Control, etc

5. Emotions and Socialisation

  • Producing and Recognising Emotional Expression, 
  • Smiling, Biological Explanation, 
  • Perceptual Recognition Explanation, 
  • The Mother-Child Attachment, 
  • Freudian Approach Bowlby's Approach, 
  • Social Learning Approach, 
  • Harlow's Approach, 
  • The Role of Cognition in Attachment Formation, 
  • Maternal Attachment, 
  • Fear, Social Learning, 
  • Perceptual Recognition, 
  • Women's Dual Role as Mothers and Workers, day care.

6. Cognitive Development

  • Developing the ability to reason.

7. Language Development

  • Is language learned, or are we genetically programmed with it, 
  • The Social Learning Approach, 
  • The Hypothesis testing Approach, 
  • Under extending

8. Intelligence

  • Measuring Intelligence, 
  • Cultural Bias, 
  • IQ, 
  • Testing Intelligence as a tool.

9. Socialisation: Part A

  • Social Cognation -self awareness, -awareness of others as individuals in their own right, -the development of empathy, -taking turns, -having a point of view/perspective,-ability to see something from another person's perspective.
  • Friendships, 
  • Social Scripts Scripts that Pretend Play

10. Morality

  • Moral development, 
  • Aggression & Altruism, 
  • Freud's Approach, 
  • Piaget's Approach, 
  • Kohlberg's Approach

11. Sexuality

  • Freud's phases (oral phase, anal phase, phallic phase, latent phase, genital phase) 
  • The Acquisition of Gender & Role Identity, 
  • Concept of psycho-social development

12. Socialisation: Part B

  • The Family Influence, 
  • Discipline, 
  • Siblings, 
  • Family Structures, 
  • School Influence, 
  • Peer Influence, 
  • Acceptance & Rejection, 
  • Imitation & Reinforcement.

Developmental Psychology (This is an Elective Module)

There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction
  2. Early childhood
  3. Middle childhood
  4. Challenges of middle childhood
  5. Adolescence
  6. Challenges of adolescence
  7. Adulthood
  8. Challenges of adulthood
  9. Late adulthood
  10. Challenges of late adulthood

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

Why Should You Study This Course?

If you want to motivate your students to learn. If you want to be a better educator, then this course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to motivate your students, to inspire them.  You can start at any time to suit you and work through the course at your own pace.  It is studied by distance learning, so you can study in the comfort of your own home to fit your own work schedule.

Enrol today and get started on the journey to become an inspiring and motivating teacher.