The 2014 City Lit Summer School Introduction to Battlefield Guiding Course lasts for two days (12 July & 3 Aug) and is an introduction to the theory and practice of battlefield guiding. It is based on the competences of the Guild of Battlefield Guides validation programme, combining knowledge of military history, presentation skills and the duty of customer care. It is a taster for anyone seeking to lead walks or tours and wishing to plan a personal development programme. The course takes place at CityLit, Keeley St, Covent Garden, London WC2B 4BA
What is the course about?
The course is an introduction to the skills of battlefield guiding. It is aimed it people considering developing their skills either as a volunteer or a professional or for a professional tour guide seeking to extend their expertise to cover battlefields. The course is based on the competences of the International Guild of Battlefield Guide.(GBG) the trade body which assesses and awards its Badge to guides which demonstrate their competence through the Guild Validation programme. The course is intended to give students a start in developing the skills and competences to become battlefield guide.
What topics will we cover?
We will cover the following:-
- An introduction to battlefield guiding
- The GBG Badge competences and validation scheme
- Presentation skills
- Duty of Care
- Legal obligations
- Working as a guide
- Developing a personal learning programme towards the Guild Badge.
By the end of this course you should be able to:
- Identify the obligations on the guide in providing a battlefield tour.
- State the key competences of the Guild of Battlefields’ validation programme and the standards of competences needed.
- Carry out your own simple self assessment of personal training needs.
- Plan you own personal development programme towards achieving the standards expected of a competent guide.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is set at the level of an intelligent lay-person with an interest in military history. Participants will need to have a general knowledge of military history.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The instruction will be in the form of tutor presentations, class and group discussions, and interactive exercises. There will be homework and a practical assignment between the first and second day. Participants will be expected to prepare and deliver short presentations.
How much will it cost?
Full fee: £92
Senior fee: £60
For an explanation of these fees check the Citylit Fee Information
How can I enrol for the course?
You can enrol for the course book a place in the following ways:-
- Online via this page (or print and post the enrolment form)
- Over the telephone 020 7831 7831
Comments from Past Students
“Could not be improved”
“Practical focus, linked to personal opportunities and encouraged further study and involvement”
“ A good balance of relevant subjects”
“The content was wider and in greater depth than I had expected”
“ I learned a hell of a lot”
While the learning outcomes were set at an introductory level, the course reported the following outcomes.
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