Education and Training

Qualification: City & Guilds Certificate
Level 4

About the course

This one-year course is a Level 4 qualification for people who are teaching in the Further Education (FE) sector and have completed PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector), the Level 3 Award in Education and Training qualification, or APEL from 7307 or 7407 teaching qualifications. You will need to be teaching for a minimum of 30 hours over the year with post 16 students who will be accredited with qualifications issued from an awarding institution such as Edexcel, City and Guilds, AQA etc (not a college certificate).

Please note that this course is not designed for those teaching in schools although your school may be happy for you to do the qualification using students aged 14 - 17.

* If you are aged 19 or over and are starting a further education course at level 3 or above, you may qualify for a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan. This course is eligible for a 19+ Loan – for more information on how to apply click here.

What you will learn

The course consists of 6 modules including:

  • Planning to meet learner needs
  • Delivering learning
  • Using resources
  • Assessing learning
  • Understanding and managing behaviours in the Lifelong Learning Sector

You will maintain a reflective journal and develop new skills from feedback on three observed teaching practice. You will evidence development of integration of the minimum core (Literacy, Language, Numeracy and ICT) into your lessons.  

Professional development is key within this course. You will undertake diagnostic assessments for literacy, numeracy and IT and be expected to do some self-study. You will be supported with academic writing and referencing through tutorial support and receive developmental feedback from your observed teaching practice. You will be expected to select a subject mentor who is a qualified teacher to support you with your subject specialism. Mentors will be offered training from a Subject Mentor Handbook and will be encouraged to attend joint lesson observations with one of the teacher training team if needed.


Assessment will involve three lesson observations, theory assignments and practical presentations of work. Incorporation of the minimum core, reflective learning journal will also be assessed. There are no exams, although assignments will have deadlines which you will be expected to adhere to.

Entry requirements
  • GCSE grade A*-C in English and maths, or equivalent Level 2 qualification in literacy and numeracy and appropriate Level 3 qualifications/experience in the subject you teach
  • Access to a minimum of 30 hours of group teaching practice or training over the course
  • Evidence of a satisfactory CRB check
  • Already be teaching on a publicly funded course
  • Have access to a subject mentor specialist
  • It is recommended that you register with the Institute for Learning (IfL), your professional body for teachers
  • You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto the course.
What next?
  • Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training