Education and Training Level 4 Certificate (QCF)

Adult Skills & Training

Date (from)


Awarding body


Part Time - September 2019

City & Guilds


Course introduction

The Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training is a first stage teaching qualification that will give candidates a fundamental understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a teacher/trainer in relation to legislation, equality, diversity, inclusivity and meeting the needs of learners. It includes the use of initial and diagnostic assessments and requires candidates to plan and deliver inclusive teaching and learning, carry out assessments of and for learning and use resources effectively.

Course structure

To achieve the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training, candidates must achieve a minimum of 36 credits;

Unit 301  Understanding roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training   Credit Value 3
Unit 401  Planning to meet the needs of learners in education and training   Credit Value 3
Unit 402  Delivering education and training   Credit Value 6
Unit 403  Assessing learners in education and training  Credit Value  6
Unit 404  Using resources for education and training   Credit Value 3
Unit 423  Teaching in a Specialist Area   Credit Value 15

It covers the knowledge and skills required by teachers/trainers in the further education and training skills sector. Mandatory units look at roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training; planning to meet the needs of learners; delivering education and training, assessing learners and using resources. Option units include: Action research; delivering employability skills; identifying individual learning and development needs; managing learning and development in groups; preparing for the coaching role.

Teaching will include a variety of methods: short lectures, whole group discussion, small group work, practical tasks, case studies, demonstration, presentations. The delivery of teacher training at Brockenhurst aims to provide ideas for your own practice. 


Minimum entry requirements

The Level 4 Certificate is useful for anyone embarking on a teaching career, providing training in the workplace or working as an assessor.

Applicants must have a minimum of 30 hours teaching. DBS or CRB may be required – see additional information

Students should have a minimum of a Level 2 qualification in English and Maths OR be able to demonstrate their ability to write at an appropriate level to complete assignments at Level 3.  An initial assessment will be conducted prior to commencement of this programme.


How will I be assessed?

Formal assessment includes a teaching practice portfolio, unit assignments and 3 observed teaching sessions.


Information & support

You will need to provide writing materials.

Students may work towards Level 2 qualifications in English and Maths during the programme.

Proof of identity, original certificates of qualifications and a DBS / CRB Enhanced Disclosure must be presented at interview for access to the course.

Please let our staff know if you need any additional support or reasonable adjustments - we will do all we can to help. We can also tailor learning materials to suit particular needs.

Experienced and competent staff at our adult learning centres can help you decide on your course and progression options. If you feel you would benefit from more in depth careers advice please contact: The National Careers Service - Call 0800 100 900 Lines are open 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week or Practical help and advice is also provided to assist students with any kind of disability or individual need, including people for whom English is not their first language. Please contact our centre staff to discuss your needs prior to starting your course.

Course fees & Duration

Tuition fee is £1,520

You may be eligible for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan.  Please see the page on our website  for further information and also have a look at to find out about the financial support for tuition costs.

What can I do with this qualification?

On completion learners may progress to Learning and Development qualifications or Assessment and Quality Assurance qualifications. Those with 100 hours teaching may progress to a Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training. Those teaching Literacy, ESOL, Numeracy or Disabled learners may undertake a Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (QCF) including specialist pathway provided they have 100 hours teaching of which 50 must be in the specialist area.


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