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NCFE Level 4 Certificate for the Advanced Practitioner in Schools and Colleges

Key course information

Teaching, Training and Assessing


78 weeks

Part time


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Course Overview

This qualification aims to provide professional development opportunities for practitioners working in the school and college workforce.This qualification will embrace the wealth of experience, proven knowledge and skills of the learner in a teaching and learning environment. It will challenge the learner in both daily practice and theoretical understanding.Learners will acquire and use skills of leadership, mentoring, coaching and reflection as they complete the qualification through work-based learning opportunities.Upon achievement of this qualification, the learner will be equipped as an Advanced Practitioner. The Advanced Practitioner will use crucial leadership skills to mentor others across all roles and responsibilities in the school or college workforce.

What will I learn?

This course contains 5 mandatory units:

Enabling individuals to learn
In this unit, learners will consider diverse approaches to pedagogy that influence holistic learning in children and young people. The learner will also explore statutory planning and monitoring requirements in own UK home nation.

Understand how to support children and young people to improve their mental health and well-being
In this unit, learners will consider the factors that could influence mental health and well-being in children and young people. Learners will also explore current national strategies for promoting mental health and well-being in own UK home nation.

Working with others to support individuals with additional needs and disability in a school or college
In this unit, learners will look at effective inclusion of children, young people and/or adults. Through examination of national requirements and guidance, learners will consider the responsibilities of the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) within a school or college environment to promote children’s, young people’s and/or adults’ learning and development.

Working with families and other professionals in a school or college setting
In this unit, the learner will examine statutory requirements for working in partnership with families and learn how effective partnership working with other professionals can improve the education of children, young people and/or adults (as applicable).

Implementing change in school or college setting.
In this unit, the learner will be required to plan, implement and evaluate change in relation to an identified theme. This will be achieved through a small-scale research project. The learner will be introduced to research, and the role of ethics when undertaking research.

Entry Requirements

This is a work-based qualification. Learners must be employed in a school or college setting at Level 3 to complete this qualification.

Learners must be at least 18 years old and employed in a suitable role within a school or college.

Previous Level 3 study is a clear advantage, but wealth of experience, knowledge and understanding working in schools or colleges is a requirement for this qualification. Applicants will also be asked to complete an initial assessment, to determine if they are competent to complete work at this level.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

All work will be internally assessed using a range of methods, including direct observation within the workplace, written assignments and professional discussion in line with the Assessment of Learning provided for each unit.

Additional Costs and Information

This course costs £811.00. Details regarding the payment of this will be given upon application.

This course will take about 12 months to complete.

For further information, please contact Sharon Hanney via

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Learners may progress within the workforce in the following job roles and responsibilities:• Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) • Higher Level Practitioner/Teaching Assistant • Internal progression at a higher level, including those with management responsibilities • Leadership, mentoring, supervision and management opportunities.

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