This Level 4 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.


How is this qualification structured?

This qualification has 5 mandatory units.


What related qualifications can you progress to?

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

Qualification number: 603/2474/0

Total Qualification Time (hours): 205

Guided Learning (hours): 155

Credit value: 21

Age range covered by the qualification: From 5 years of age.

Real work environment (RWE) requirement/ recommendation: Learners will need to be working or on a practical placement for the duration of the course in a learning environment (school or college) as they need to show competence in both skills and knowledge.

Progression including job roles (where applicable): 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.


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

  • direct observation by a Tutor / Teacher / Assessor*  within the workplace

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


Additional information: Throughout this specification we have referenced the wording ‘learning environment’, which refers to the different types of schools and colleges.

How long will it take to complete? The Certificate can usually be completed in a year.


Entry requirements/ recommendations: 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 of working in schools or colleges is a requirement for this CPD qualification.