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Unit details

  • Core unit
  • Level 3
  • 5 credits

 The unit begins with an exploration of key factors and theories, including a consideration of individual learner differences, which underpin the design of L&D activities and the essential information needed by designers in order for learning to be made meaningful and relevant.  The unit moves on to practical skills development requiring learners to accurately convert learning requirements information into clearly stated learning objectives and to select and sequence learning methods and content to addresses objectives and accommodate individual differences.  Learners are also required to consider and include appropriate methods for monitoring and assessing learning and to select learning resources which will support their L&D activity.  Finally learners are required to specify their L&D design in a recognised and useable format.

This unit is suitable for persons who:

  • are aspiring to, or embarking on, a career in L&D

  • are already working in the field of L&D and aim to develop their knowledge and skills in relation to designing L&D activities.

 Learning outcomes:

On successful completion of this unit, learners will:

  1. Understand factors which inform the design of L&D activities.

  2. Know how to devise clear objectives for an L&D activity.

  3. Be able to design an inclusive L&D activity which address identified L&D objectives.

  4. Be able to specify the L&D activity in a recognised and useable format.

Unit assessment

To achieve this unit, the evidence the learner presents for assessment must demonstrate that they have met all the learning outcomes and assessment criteria.

Learning outcomes

The learner will:

1.    Understand factors which inform the design of L&D activities.

2.    Know how to devise clear objectives for an L&D activity.

3.    Be able to design an inclusive L&D activity which addresses identified objectives.

4.    Be able to specify the L&D activity in a recognised and useable format.

Assessment criteria

The learner can:

1.1.       Explain legislative and organisational factors which affect the design of L&D activities.

1.2.       Explain adult learning principles which inform the design of L&D activities.

1.3.       Summarise the specific information required about learners in order to design a relevant L&D activity.


2.1.       Convert information about learners and learning requirements into clearly stated objectives for an L&D activity.


3.1.       Describe a range of learning/training methods and their suitability for different learning objectives.

3.2.       Select and sequence learning methods and content to create an L&D activity which addresses identified objectives and accommodates learner differences.

3.3.       Select and include appropriate methods for monitoring learning and for assessing that learning objectives have been met.

3.4.       Select learning resources to support the L&D activity.


4.1.       Specify the L&D activity in a recognised format which can be followed by other L&D practitioners.

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