Course Details

Highfield Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training (RQF).

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Highfield Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training (RQF).

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Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is designed to prepare trainee teachers to teach in a wide range of contexts. It requires observation and assessment of practice and the range of optional units available provide opportunities to contextualise the qualification for different learning environments.

This qualification develops practical teaching skills, and through the optional units, prepares teachers to work in a wide range of contexts.

Entry requirements: In order to complete this qualification, learners are required to: 

• Be a minimum of 19 years of age

• be qualified, proficient or experienced in the subject which they intend to teach. 

• have sufficient personal skills to complete the academic and other requirements of the programme. They will also need to be able to support their learners at the appropriate level whilst delivering their subject specialism. 

• demonstrate the potential to study at minimum academic level 4 – the same level of study as the first year of a degree course. 

• take an initial assessment of their maths, English and ICT skills. The teaching programme will support further development of these skills, recorded in a personal development log. It is recommended that trainee teachers will have been assessed as competent at level 2 in English and maths prior to the completion of this qualification

Practice Requirements

There is a requirement for a minimum of 30 hours of practice for this qualification. There is no requirement to evidence working with groups of learners to achieve this qualification unless units are undertaken which specify that purpose. However, where trainee teachers are working solely with individuals, a programme may also include support and preparation for working with groups. Highfield recognises that an effective teaching practice experience should ideally include: 

• different teaching practice locations/settings/contexts; 

• teaching across more than one level; 

• teaching a variety of learners; 

• teaching individuals and groups; and 

• gaining subject-specialist knowledge through workplace mentoring.

This qualification is suitable for individuals who:

  • want a qualification which focuses on practical teaching
  • want a wide choice of optional units to reflect the context in which they teach
  • are currently teaching and want to have their experience and practice accredited
  • are not currently teaching but can meet the minimum teaching practice requirement of 30 hours
  • are able to undertake a qualification of medium size
  • have the potential to study at this level, which has the same level of demand as the first year of an undergraduate degree
  • are willing to undertake an initial assessment of their skills in English, mathematics and ICT, record their development needs and follow an action plan to address them where necessary.

How long will it take?

The total qualification time for this qualification is 360 hours and of this 140 hours are recommended as guided learning hours.

What are the units covered within this qualification:

In order to achieve the Highfield Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training (RQF) learners must achieve a minimum of 36 credits overall.

Unit 1: Understanding roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training

Unit 2: Planning to meet the needs of learners in education and training

Unit 3: Delivering education and training

Unit 4: Assessing learners in education and training

Unit 5: Using resources for education and training

Unit 6: Inclusive practice

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

Assessment method

This qualification is assessed by a portfolio of evidence.

Assessments

  • The qualification will be assessed by a combination of assignments, a portfolio of teaching evidence and observation of teaching or training.
  • Assignment to cover theory.
  • 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.