Level 4 Education and Training

Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training

Course overview

Our Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training is suitable for you if you would like to work, or already work, as a teacher or trainer within the adult and community learning sector, further education and/or work-based training. It’s a professional, accredited qualification that builds on the Level 3 Award in Education and Training.  

To do this course, you will need to do a teaching placement for at least 30 hours in your chosen subject area, this can be either paid or voluntary. You will also need to choose a subject specialism.  

Alongside equipping you with the skills, knowledge and competence to work within the further or adult and community sector, this course will also help you to learn how to plan, create, deliver and assess courses and lessons in your chosen area of speciality. 

Course details

Please find below details of the where, when and how this course will be taught.

  • Start date: 5 January 2024
  • End date: 19 July 2024 
  • Location: Withington
  • Teaching day: Friday
  • Time: 9:00am-3:00pm 
  • Duration: 30 weeks

On this course you will study a total of six or seven units over 160 guided learning hours. These units are as follows: 

  • Understanding Roles, Responsibilities and Relationships in Education and Training: You will learn some of the basics for a new teacher or trainer including typical duties, important legislation and boundaries.  
  • Planning to Meet the Needs of Learners in Education and Training: You will learn how to design quality schemes of work and lesson plans as well as have a good understanding of initial and diagnostic assessments and individual learning plans.   
  • Using Resources for Education and Training: You will learn about how to design and implement a wide range of teaching and learning resources including using the latest media and technology.  
  • Delivering Education and Training: You will learn about a range of approaches, techniques and activities for designing and delivering successful and engaging lessons.    
  • Assessing Learners in Education and Training:  You will gain an excellent knowledge of assessment types and methods that can be used to meet individual learner needs in education and training.  
  • Teaching in a Specialist Area: You will learn about the bigger picture in your specialist area by researching current issues, finding out about the aims and intent of course programmes and looking at the relevant qualifications. You will also reflect on working with others professionally and focus on building up your continuous professional development.  
  • Teaching practice:  You will plan and deliver a minimum of 30 hours of lessons with full lesson plans on a teaching placement in a professional setting with an assigned professional mentor.  

Our Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training Award is taught face to face in one of our centres via a four-hour weekly lesson. You will need a laptop or PC and a good internet connection to complete assignments throughout the course using Google Classroom and to also access learning materials and resources between sessions. 

You will also need to do a teaching placement once a week in a professional educational setting. For this you are required to plan and deliver a minimum of 30 hours which you will record in your teaching practice file. Your course tutor will support you in this and come and visit at various points during the course.  

On this course, assessment takes form place in the form of written assignments, professional discussions, presentations, oral questioning, witness testimonies and reflective accounts. At the end of each unit, you will complete assessments to demonstrate your knowledge, skills and experience. 

In addition, to gain the qualification you must also pass assessed lesson observations. You will have a minimum of three observations with feedback in accordance with the criteria and grading identified by OFSTED. All three assessed observations of practice must meet the required standard of practice. 

This Level 4 course is suitable for learners with previous experience and a strong interest in education and training. You may have previously completed the Level 3 Award in Education and Training although this is not a requirement.  

You will need a Level 3 or equivalent qualification in your chosen specialist subject (e.g. an HND, A Level, degree or equivalent) or a minimum of three years professional experience if you want to teach a practical skill.  

You will also need Level 2 or above in English and Maths, and basic computer skills to apply for this course. 

Are you interested in teaching English or Literacy?

If you’re interested in teaching English or Literacy, we’re pleased to offer a Level 3 Award in English for Language and Literacy Teaching which compliments our education and training award.

This course aims to equip learners with the skills and knowledge to meet entry requirements to study subject specific teaching qualification in literacy and ESOL. 

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Help and support

You will find a range of support on offer when you study with MAES. From our friendly and enthusiastic business support team, located in our learning centres, to our well-qualified and committed tutors.  

We are also home to Make it Happen – a service run by our dedicated Careers and Progression team who can provide expert knowledge and personalised support to prepare you for the next stage in your career. Find out more below.