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

Have you ever wanted to teach? The Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training RQF (601/4416/6) qualification is the teaching qualification you now need to achieve (post September 2013) if you wish to teach within the further education/lifelong learning sector. This new Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training RQF qualification replaces the Level 4 Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS)

The Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training RQF aims to develop practical teaching skills and prepares teachers to work in a wide range of contexts. The qualification will give you the necessary understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a teacher in relation to aspects such as:

  • Legislation
  • Equality
  • Diversity
  • Inclusivity
  • Meeting the needs of learners.

The qualification includes the use of initial and diagnostic assessments and requires you to plan and deliver inclusive teaching and learning, carry out assessments of and for learning and use resources effectively.

The qualification can meet the needs of a range of trainee teachers, including:

  • Individuals who are not currently teaching and training but who can meet the practice requirements, including the observed and assessed practice requirements, of the qualification
  • Individuals who are currently teaching and training who can meet the practice requirements, including the observed and assessed practice requirements of the qualification
  • Individuals currently working as assessors who wish to achieve a teaching qualification

You must have a minimum of 30 hours of teaching practice/experience as part of this qualification to meet the requirements above.

What can I do on completion of the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training RQF course?

Once you have your qualification you will be able to work in a number of roles as:

  • Colleges of further education
  •  Community/adult education
  • Hospitals and healthcare
  • Commercial and industrial training
  • Technical and support staff
  • Personnel in the public sector, uniformed services or HM Forces

“Fully qualified further education (FE) lecturers can earn from £23,000 to £35,000 a year. Advanced skills lecturers can earn from £35,000 to just under £40,000." - Source: National Careers Service (link to: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/advice/planning/jobprofiles/Pages/furthereducationlecturer.aspx)

Am I required to do a placement?

As part of your course you will be required to secure a placement in a suitable environment (more advice on this can be provided by contacting the college if you are in doubt).  You must have a minimum of 30 hours of teaching practice/experience as part of this qualification to meet the requirements above. You will need to provide audio visual evidence totalling 3 hours to submit to your assessor to demonstrate your competency. These should be separate occasions to show your progression and development.

What can I do on completion of this course?

On successful completion of this course you will be able to progress onto the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (or Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA) RQF Level 3)  and then apply for QTLS through the Institute for Learning. You may be able to start work in a work or College environment.