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

Key Facts

Level: 4

Attendance: every Wednesday from 4.30pm until 8.30pm, during term time

Duration: 5th January 2022 to July 2022

Location: HLC Hereford Campus

Course Intro

What is the Certificate for Advanced Practitioners in Schools and Colleges?

It is a level four qualification aimed at providing professional development opportunities for practitioners working in school and college settings.

This qualification will further develop the experience, skills and knowledge of the learner, by drawing upon real-life experiences in the learning support environment. It will challenge learners both in terms of knowledge and reflecting on practice.

By the end of the course, learners will have developed skills in leadership, mentoring, coaching and reflection.

Upon achieving this qualification, the learner will have the skills and knowledge of an advanced practitioner and will be in a position to use leadership skills to mentor other across a range of roles in the school and college setting.

Who will be suitable to undertake this course?

This qualification is aimed at those who have experience in a learning support role in school and college settings. Learner knowledge and understanding that is developed through working in these situations is a requirement for this CPD qualification.

What are the entry requirements?

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 CPD qualification. Suitability of applicants to undertake the course will be assessed through interview.

How is this qualification structured?

This qualification has 5 mandatory units:

1. Enabling individuals to learn

2. Understand how to help children and young people to improve their mental health and well-being

3. Working with other to support individuals with additional needs and disability in a school or college

4. Working with families and other professionals in a school or college setting

5. Implementing change in a school or college setting

How is it assessed?

All units will be internally assessed using a range of methods which include:

• direct observation within the workplace
• written assignments and professional discussion in line with the Assessment of Learning provided for each unit.

Learners will be required to keep a portfolio of evidence of their learning and skills.

How long will it take to complete this qualification?

The Certificate is scheduled to run between January and July.

The next intake of the course will start their studies at the start of January, 2022.

Do you need to be working to take this qualification?

This is a work-based qualification. Learners must be employed in a school or college setting in a learning support-related role, to complete this qualification.

What is the cost of the course?

The total cost of the course is £850. A level four learner loan is available.

What related qualifications can you progress to?

This qualification may be used alongside other qualifications to progress onto higher education.

Career opportunities

Learners may progress within the workforce in the following job roles and responsibilities:

• Higher Level Practitioner/Teaching Assistant
• internal progression at a higher level, including those with management responsibilities
• leadership, mentoring, supervision and management opportunities.

Who are the awarding body for this qualification?

This certificate course is awarded by The Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education (CACHE.)

How do I apply for this course?

Through the Herefordshire and Ludlow college website, at

A Disclosure and Barring Service check is required for this course – all students will have to organise a DBS in their own work placement or place of work and will incur an additional cost (£44 plus a yearly update service of £13 per year). Any transport costs for work placements would need to be met by students.