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Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training (with specialist options in English/maths and Inclusive practice/disabilities teaching)

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The Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training is a first stage qualification for those working or wishing to work as teachers of English (Literacy/ESOL), maths, disabilities, or general teaching or training in the Education and Training Sector. In order to complete it you must have 30 hours of teaching, which can be in a paid or voluntary capacity. It enables you to 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 learners. It also addresses the use of assessment and the creation of inclusive learning resources.


The L4 Certificate consists of 5 mandatory units of study (21 credits), the first of which is also part of the Award in Education and Training. These are:

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

You are required to achieve a minimum of 15 credits from further optional units of study. The four units (12 credits) that make up the L3 Award in English for Literacy/ESOL or the L3 Award in Maths Teaching are among these, making it possible to gain this qualification as part of your Certificate. Further options which may be available are:

Inclusive practice

Equality and diversity

Course Leader profile

Janet Holden

Main Grade lecturer full time Calderdale College Bsc (Hons) Psychology, QTLS Life long Learning Sector, Member of BPS. I have a wide range of experiences that inform my teaching, for example working with Social Services to set up group homes and work rehabilitation for vulnerable adults and those with mental health issues. I have worked with the education system in schools with children with severe behavioural challenges and have a special interest in autism and autistic spectrum conditions. When the Kosovan refugees came to this area I was asked to help get them ‘ready for school’ and I worked with them and their families in order to access the support needed for these traumatised children to achieve. This year’s teaching commitment is with the Foundation Degree in Early Years, Cache L3 Diploma in Supporting individuals with Learning Disabilities, Initial Teacher Training (Lifelong Learning) PGCE/CertEd and in the past I have taught on the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care and the Ba (hons) in Early Years and several sessions of Staff Development on autism, Equality and Diversity, Motivation and Stress and am involved each year in supporting and mentoring student teachers. I am the vice chair of the college’s UCU and I sit on the college’s Joint Consultative Committee where college wide issues are discussed with senior management and staff representatives such as the capability and sickness policy, health and safety issues etc.

Entry Requirements

You will need to demonstrate secure personal skills in English at Level 2 or above. You are not required to complete the Award in Education and Training before taking this qualification however if you have done you will not need to complete the first unit of this qualification.

Questions & Answers

What makes the course special?

Employment as a teacher/trainer in the Education and Training Sector. You may still be expected to progress to a Level 5 teaching qualification.

Does the course lead to a qualification?

Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training

Are there any opportunities for progression?

There is an option to APEL onto Year 2 of the Certificate in Education/PGCE at Calderdale College via a short ‘bridging’ award (University of Huddersfield). You could also progress onto a Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training or a Specialist L5 Diploma in Teaching English: Literacy/ESOL, Maths: Numeracy or Disabled Learners.


Before Enrolment

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During Your Study

To help you to succeed in your course of study we offer a range of services. For instance, you may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other condition which significantly affects your daily life. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information about the support available, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9347.

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Course details

  • Attendance: Part-time (evening)
  • Start Date: January 2018
  • Hours per week: 3 hrs per week
  • Days: Wednesday
  • Start Time: 5.30 pm
  • End Time: 8.30 pm
  • Duration: 36 weeks
  • Course Fees: £tbc
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: HE & Professonal Studies
  • Department Manager: Katie Walker


  • Level: Level 4/HNC
  • Qualification Name: Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training (with specialist options in English/maths and Inclusive practice/disabilities teaching)
  • Awarding Body: City and Guilds

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