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Level 4 Certificate for the Advanced Practitioner in Schools and Colleges (on demand) - Evening

Who is the course for? This course is suitable for learners aged 18 and over, who are currently employed as an early years Level 3 practitioner. It would suit learners who are looking to develop leadership and specialist skills for use in their current role, or in preparation to take on a specialist role such as a Special Educational Needs Coordinator or a Physical Activity and Nutrition Coordinator. It would also suit learners who want to progress to further learning to take on a position of leadership within the setting.

What are the aims of the course? This Level 4 qualification aims to provide professional development opportunities for practitioners who are currently 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 and learners will acquire and use skills of leadership, mentoring, coaching and reflection as they complete the qualification through work-based learning opportunities. This course will challenge the learned in both daily practice and theoretical understanding. 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 does the course involve? This is a work-based qualification. You must be employed in an early years setting at Level 3 to complete this qualification. Attendance at college is required. It is anticipated this will be twice per month.

What topics will I be covering?

This qualification consists of 5 mandatory units and can usually be completed in one year:

  • Enabling students to learn
  • Promoting health and well-being through physical activity and nutrition co-ordination (PANCo) in early years
  • Working with others to support children with additional needs, including Special Educational Needs and Disability
  • Working with families and other professionals in early years settings
  • Implementing change in an early years setting incorporating a small scale research project.

Do I need any previous knowledge or entry qualifications? There are no formal entry requirements for this course other than current employment in a suitable role. 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 CPD qualification.

How much time should I spend on home study? 2 hours a week

What course the course lead to? 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.

Alternativly, you could apply for the Foundation Degree in Early Years leading to a BA (Hons) Top-up (both offered at the college). You could also progress to job roles such as Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) or Physical Activity and Nutrition Coordinator (PANCo).

How will I be assessed? Internal assessment approach: Work-based Portfolio of Evidence arranged to reflect application of theoretical knowledge in practice with clear expectations of engagement with statutory frameworks.

If you have any queries please email Paula Baker on


1 Full Fee

Course Fee£811
Courses Information

Level 4 Certificate for the Advanced Practitioner in Schools and Colleges (on demand) - Evening

Course Code: H38A
Course Dates: 05 Jan 2021 - 05 Jan 2022
Location: Weeke - AHED Centre

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