Essex Training Group

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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.

Who should do this course?

The course has been designed to provide an introduction to teaching for individuals who would like to work or are currently working within FE Colleges, Independent Training Providers and/or Local Authorities. It is designed:

  • For individuals who work or who want to work as teachers/trainers in the further education and skills sector
  • For individuals who have just started a teaching/training role
  • For teachers/trainers who are seeking career progression in their area of work
  • For individuals who work with learners on a one-to-one basis
  • For individuals who teach in industry
  • For individuals who have already achieved some Learning and Development units that can be carried forward into this qualification
  • For individuals currently working as assessors, who wish to achieve a teaching qualification
  • For individuals who have completed the Level 3 Award in Education and Training (L3 AET), or Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) and wish to progress
  • For individuals who have completed the Trainer skills or introduction to training qualifications

Level of Qualification/Skill Level

Level 4 learning would include:

  • Knowledge of the relationship between theory/principles and practice in the context of your existing or future role
  • A planned approach to reading and research relating to principles, theories and practice
  • Consideration of how professional values impact on working in your area
  • Delivery of courses in a job role
  • Evidence of a reflective approach
  • Reflection on own practice grounded upon reading

Learning Outcomes

The qualification covers the knowledge and skills required by teachers/trainers in the further education and skills sector, such as:

  • Understanding roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training
  • Planning to meet the needs of learners in education and training
  • Delivering education and training
  • Assessing learners in education and training
  • Using resources for education and training

Prerequisites/Before the course

  • You must be a minimum of 19 years old
  • You must be in-service or delivering sessions voluntarily – you would be observed in your workplace setting
  • Good reading & writing skills in English
  • Good online research skills
  • A lot of ‘Patience’ (This is an intensive course!)
  • You should be qualified/ experienced in the subject you intend to teach/deliver
  • Access to 30 teaching practice hours – a teaching hours log would be required (a letter from the organisation)
  • At least a Level 2 qualification in English, Mathematics & ICT – You should agree to provide the necessary qualifications by the end of the qualification if you don’t have them at the beginning
  • Filled up ‘Application Form’
  • A photographic proof of identification [Any 1 of the following]
    • Valid Passport with VISA (any nationality)
    • Signed UK Photo Card Driving Licence
    • Valid Warrant Card issued by HM Forces or Police
    • Other photographic ID card, e.g. Employee ID Card (must be current employer), Student ID Card, Travel card, etc.

Awarding Organisation

  • An OFQUAL approved nationally recognised Awarding Organisation (e.g. HABC or TQUK)

Certificate Title

  • Level 4 Certificate in Education & Training (There is no mention of the mode of study on the certificate – People get the same certificate whether they attend the class based course or the online course)

Possible Results

  • PASS / REFER / FAIL – This qualification is graded as pass/fail and we are dedicated to ensuring that as many learners as possible are successful in receiving their qualification. If there are things that need amending on your theory assignments, the assessor would give you action points with guidance on how to achieve them in the next go. (Once you are done with your theory assignments and the 3 practical teaching session observations, you would be more than ready to be certificated!)

Course Fees & VAT

  • £500 + £100 (20% VAT) = £600 (No hidden charges!)


  • The qualification will be assessed by a combination of assignments, a portfolio of teaching evidence and observation of teaching or training. Simulation of teaching (micro-teaching) is not permitted for this qualification.
  • Essay Type Assignments (Theory Assessment) – You would get the Guidance Notes on how to answer the theory assignments to keep you on track.
  • Planning & delivery of at least 3 sessions – 1 hours minimum (Practical Assessment) – The sessions can be done on any topic of your choice, preferably the subject that you specialise in. You would be observed and assessed by a tutor/assessor for at least 3 hours out of the 30 hours of teaching practice. The assessor may observe you live or via Skype.

Course Compatibility/Progression

The qualification allows candidates to progress into employment as teachers/trainers, as well as to the following qualifications:

  • Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training
  • Level 4 Awards, Certificates and Diplomas in Learning and Development
  • Level 3 Assessment and Quality Assurance
  • Level 4 to 7 Awards in Professional Recognition



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