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Pearson BTEC Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training

The Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training has been designed to prepare trainee teachers to teach in a wide range of contexts and develop practical teaching skills. Topics covered include: 

  • the delivery of teaching or training
  • planning to meet the needs of learners
  • assessing learners
  • using resources in education and training.

The Certificate 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, including those who have just begun teaching and training, and 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.

To achieve the Level 4 Certificate, learners must complete 21 core units and a choice of 15 optional units to reach a total of 36 credits.

Qualification Structure for Level 4Certificate

Pearson BTEC Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training (QCF)

Qualification requirements and full details of the mandatory units will be found in the Pearson BTEC Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training (QCF) specification ISBN code: 9781446906941.

The learner will need to meet the requirements outlined in the table below before Pearson can award the qualification, i.e. achieve the appropriate mandatory and optional units, as well as satisfactorily complete teaching practice.

* indicates Learning and Development competence and knowledge units. Centres will need Learning and Development approval to offer these units.

Minimum number of credits that must be achieved36
Number of mandatory credits that must be achieved21
Number of optional credits that must be achieved15
Minimum number of credits that must be achieved at level 4 or above21
Teaching practice hours30
Unit reference numberMandatory unitsLevelCredit valueGuided learning hours
All units must be achieved from this group
H/505/0053Understanding Roles, Responsibilities and Relationships in Education and Training3312
M/505/0122Delivering Education and Training4624
L/505/0127Using Resources for Education and Training4315
F/505/0125Assessing Learners in Education and Training4624
Unit reference numberMandatory unitsLevelCredit valueGuided learning hours
A/505/1189Planning to Meet the Needs of Learners in Education and Training4315
Optional units group
15 credits must be achieved from this group
J/505/0756Action Learning for Teaching in a Specialist Area of Disability51540
T/503/5380Action Research51550
M/503/5376Action learning to support development of subject specific pedagogy51550
H/601/5314Assess Occupational Competence in the Work Environment*3630
F/505/0187Assessment and Support for the Recognition of Prior Learning through the Accreditation of Learning Outcomes3630
M/505/1089Delivering Employability Skills4620
M/502/9545Develop Learning and Development Programmes*4630
H/505/1090Developing, Using and Organising Resources within a Specialist Area51550
Y/503/5310Effective Partnership Working in the Learning and Teaching Context41550
F/502/9551Engage Learners in the Learning and Development Process*3630
Y/502/9555Engage with Employers to Develop and Support Learning Provision*3625
D/502/9556Engage with employers to facilitate workforce development*4630
Y/503/5789Equality and Diversity4625
K/505/1091Evaluating Learning Programmes4315
Optional units group
H/502/9543Identify the Learning Needs of Organisations*4630
L/503/5384Inclusive Practice41550
A/601/5321Internally Assure the Quality of Assessment*4645
J/505/0188Preparing for the Coaching Role4315
L/505/0189Preparing for the Mentoring Role4315
T/505/1093Preparing for the Personal Tutoring Role4315
R/504/0229Specialist Delivery Techniques and Activities4930
J/505/1096Teaching in a Specialist Area41550
Y/505/1099Understanding and Managing Behaviours in a Learning Environment4620
F/601/5322Understanding the Principles and Practices of Externally Assuring the Quality of Assessment*4645
T/601/5320Understanding the Principles and Practices of Internally Assuring the Quality of Assessment*4645
K/503/5814Using Study Skills Approaches and Techniques to Enhance the Learning of Others4625
R/503/5385Working with Individual Learners41550
D/505/1105Working with the 14-19 age range in education and training4930
D/502/9556Engage with employers to facilitate workforce development*4630

* Indicates that units are from the Learning and Development suite