Young Learner Centre Management

The IH Young Learner Centre Management course will teach you the key principles of how to manage a young learner centre or department effectively. During the course you will develop your awareness of key issues in relation to the management of Young Learners and look at a range of practical techniques and strategies to help you manage more effectively.

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Who is it for?

This course is for you if:

  • You are a new YL manager, or a YL manager with some experience, who wishes to develop the skills and knowledge to manage a young learner centre or department;
  • You want a course that gives you a range of practical ideas as well as a theoretical grounding in the topic;
  • You want to discuss issues and solutions with other managers and with a course tutor, networking within a global community.
  • You are going to be a manager in a summer school and need to prepare for the needs of the role. 

The course requires a minimum English language level of C1. The course can be taken by managers working in a language school context in any department e.g. DOS, Summer School Manager and School Director. 


This is a 6-module course, delivered asynchronously entirely online via our VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) site.

During the course you will:

  • Making the move – what are the changes and additional responsibilities of being a YL centre manager?

  • Course Design and Management – how do key child development theories have an impact on curriculum organisation, syllabus design and timetabling and grouping?

  • Resource Management – how to source and manage resources taking into account autonomy, different centres, classrooms, offsite learning and in-house materials?

  • Academic and Policy support – which systems, procedures and policies need to be in place in a YL environment?

  • Communication with Parents – how can you manage expectations in different individuals, groups and cultures?

  • Communication with Teams – which groups will you be dealing with, and what are some effective ways of doing that?


The course is an asynchronous online course. It is designed this way so that you can access the material whenever it suits you. You don't have to log on at a certain time which means that wherever you are in the world the time difference is never an issue.

A new module is covered each week and the material for that module is provided over the course of the week. You are given tasks to do both in groups and individually. The discussion forums are a great opportunity to share ideas and learn from your peers on the course. It is advisable to log on regularly so that you keep up to date with the ongoing discussions. The tutors also log on frequently, monitor the discussions and give you guidance and support.

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Your tutor marks your tasks as the course progresses and there is the opportunity to resubmit if necessary. Participants are expected to submit a minimum of 70% of the tasks. At the end of the course there is a final assignment which pushes you to reflect on what you have learnt during the course. The assignment along with your tasks makes up the portfolio that is submitted electronically to the IHWO Assessment Unit. Your tutor is on hand for support throughout. The final grade is a pass or fail. Portfolios are submitted two weeks after course completion.

You can find out about the certificate you will receive here.

Course Tutor

The course is delivered by an expert tutor and the number of participants ranges from 8 to 12. Our tutors are all experienced managers with many years of experience working in language schools as well as online training experience.

Read what HWO Young Learner Coordinator and course tutor Xana de Nagy had to say about the importance of dealing with parents as a YL teacher and manager:

Time commitment

It depends on the individual, but we recommend a minimum of 7 to 10 hours per week spent online and doing tasks. Your study hours are flexible, but some tasks require group input and have set deadlines. The more time you can devote to the course, the more you will gain from it.

What is special about this course?

What participants really value in this course is the online community, the opportunity to share best practices and discuss experiences they have had with peers from all over the world. Plus the expert input from their knowledgeable tutor.

Course dates & fees

All courses in 2024 have taken place, please contact to enquire about future dates.

*The course fees stated are exclusive of 20% VAT. VAT will be added to the fee if it is paid by a business or individual located in the UK.

Course fees must be paid in full prior to the start date.

How do you apply?

  1. Choose your dates and fill in the online application form, which is sent directly to us. You will have to answer some basic questions about your qualifications and experience, but there is no need to submit any documents or proof of language level.
  2. We will review your application and get in touch if we have any queries.
  3. Once your application is approved, we will send you a payment link to pay for the course via debit/credit card. 
  4. Once the payment fee is paid (by your or your employer) we will confirm your place on the course.
  5. A few weeks before the start date we will send your login details, and you can access the platform / VLE to familiarise yourself with how it works before the course starts. We will also send you any pre-module reading materials.

There is no deadline for applying, but once we have 12 people confirmed on a course, then it is full – so it is better to send your application form in as soon as you’re interested, to secure a place on the course!

We create each new course specially for the participants, and so we need to close applications on the Wednesday before the course begins to give us time for this.