What is the course about?
Are you currently working in a teaching or training role? Is it time your practice and experience were accredited? Do you want to continue developing your practical skills and continue your professional journey into teaching? Or have you completed the Level 3 Award in Education and Training and wish to progress? If you answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions, the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training is your next step. In this course, you will be invited to engage rigorously with relevant theory and apply it to your classroom practice. On completion of the 30 hours teaching practice required on this course – either in paid employment or voluntary roles - you will undoubtedly leave with greater professional competence and knowledge. You will gain a fundamental understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a teacher/trainer in relation to legislation, equality and diversity, and meeting the needs of all learners. You will also address the use of assessment and the creation of inclusive learning resources, an area of expertise at WAES with our dynamic Diversity and Inclusion department.
Is a pre-enrolment interview or assessment required for this course?
Yes, please contact our customer services before enrolling.
What level is the course and do I require particular skills, experience or prior qualifications?
This Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training is the next step up from the Level 3 Award and is aimed at those who are already underway with their teacher training, are currently in a teaching role or are assessors looking to gain a teaching qualification. You will need to have Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Maths or a grade 4 in GCSE English and Maths to undertake this qualification.
What topics does the course cover?
The Level 4 Certificate will focus on: Unit 1: Understanding the roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training*, Unit 2: Delivering education and training, Unit 3: Using resources for education and training ,Unit 4: Assessing learners in education and training, Unit 5: Planning to meet the needs of learners in education and training, Unit 34: Inclusive Practice. *You are not required to complete the Award in Education and Training before taking this qualification, however, if you have done so, you will not need to complete the first unit of this qualification and there will be a consequent reduction in fees. There is a requirement for a minimum of 30 hours of practice for this qualification. This includes: different teaching practice locations/settings/contexts, teaching across more than one level , teaching a variety of learners, teaching individuals and groups, experience of non-teaching roles, gaining subject-specialist knowledge through workplace mentoring. There will be a minimum of 3 observations of your teaching during the course, totalling a minimum of 3 hours. Any single observation must be a minimum of half an hour.
How will I be taught and assessed?
You will be taught mostly in a face-to-face classroom, although some delivery will be online. This will support your development as a confident teacher in the online or hybrid classroom. You will learn about MS Teams in the teaching and learning context, and how to use some of the necessary functions for effective online delivery, for example: using the chat effectively for contributions, breakout rooms for collaboration, and quizzes and polls for feedback. We also explore other platforms used to create interactive online delivery so you will become a confident and engaging practitioner in both face-to-face and online teaching contexts. You will create a portfolio of work demonstrating how you have met the course criteria. This will be assessed by your tutor. You must also complete 30 hours of teaching practice. As mentioned previously, this can be in paid employment or as a volunteer. WAES may be able to offer voluntary hours to support the completion of the mandatory practical element of this course. This can be considered on completion of the interview and initial assessments.
Are there any other costs or equipment I need to get?
A key part of the journey to becoming a teacher is developing good organisational skills, so folders with dividers and document pockets will be essential to organise any notes and worksheets. You will also need access to a laptop or PC and have Wifi. Some delivery will be online in order to prepare you for the online and hybrid teaching world, plus, you will benefit from this for easy completion and uploading of assessments.
By the end of the course what should I be able to do?
The purpose of this course is to have your experience so far accredited and to make you a more competent professional. You will be able to consider your next steps: maybe to explore a wider range of teaching contexts, or maybe consider the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training to continue your academic journey as an educator. See the extensive list in the section below for just some of the possible routes open to you on completion of the level 4 CET.
What are the progression opportunities following this course?
Level 5 DET, Lev 3 Assessor Qualifications, Lev 4 IQA Qualifications, Teaching Assistant , Learning Mentor, Industry Trainer, Teacher, Lecturer, Instructor/Demonstrator, Assessor/Verifier, Distance Learning Tutor, Personal Tutor. You may want to further enrich your practice by engaging with WAES’ extensive offer of Distance learning courses. For example, Understanding Challenging Behaviour, Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences, Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties.