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Education & Childcare

Childcare and education is one of the most exciting and rewarding sectors and one that needs top quality staff at all levels and offers plenty of career choice, working with children of all ages and within various settings.

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Course Overview

This course is designed for people who wish to teach in the post compulsory sector, which means teaching people who are 14 years and above.

You will usually bring a subject specialism based on your own experience prior to starting on the course and use the techniques you learn to create an exciting experience for learners. This would include how to plan and deliver inspiring lessons, how people learn and group dynamics. The emphasis is very much in giving you the skills that will help you become an inspirational teacher, lecturer or trainer.

The Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training will provide teachers in the Education and Training sector with occupational competence. It is a 30-credit qualification.

There is a requirement for 30 hours of teaching practice. This can be paid or voluntary but must be in place by the start of the course. The College cannot guarantee teaching practice and it is up to the candidate to arrange this, although support will be given to establish contacts in the relevant departments.

The programme introduces the basic concepts of structuring lessons, planning and delivering lessons and legal standards for teachers. The course aims to model teaching and learning strategies in its delivery as well as covering the knowledge base required for work in the sector. The teaching practice element (minimum 30 hours) means that this theory can be applied in practice and then reflected upon.

Assessment for this programme includes academic writing at level 4, the compilation of a portfolio, presentations and three successful observations of teaching practice of at least one hour each.

Entry Requirements

To join the programme you will need at least a Level 3 qualification. You will also need a GCSE Grade C in English or equivalent, or to successfully complete a diagnostic assessment prior to entry and complete a successful interview. You are also required to complete a teaching placement, which will need to be identified before enrolment.

How to Apply:
Contact Student Services for an application form, either by email or by phone 01539 814700.

After Your Course

The L4 Certificate is the minimum requirement for those pursuing a career in this sector. The L5 Diploma is a higher level qualification which includes wider theoretical and policy considerations as well as further reflection on practice and some research.

This sector includes: adult education, further education (such as Kendal College), community education, leisure and youth work, training personnel in the public service industries, commerce or voluntary sector.



The fee displayed is the course fee. Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses, and per course for part-time courses.

There may be other costs associated with this course e.g. kit, equipment, books, trips etc. Financial support may be available to support you with these. See the Student Money pages for more information.

Courses Fees

The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2021/22 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2022/23 will be updated in the Spring Term 2022. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.

Entry Level, Level 1 & Level 2 Courses

You may qualify for financial support to cover the cost of a government-funded qualification if any of the below apply to you:

  • Receive an eligible means-tested benefit e.g. JSA, ESA or Universal Credit
  • Have an annual salary of less than £17,374.50
  • Were aged 16-18 on 31/08/21 and are not studying at another school/college
  • Were aged 19 or over on 31/08/21 and do not already have a Level 1 or 2 qualification
  • Have a household income under £25,000 and are in financial hardship

See the Student Money pages for more information.

Student Finance (Degree-Level Courses)

Whether you qualify for student finance depends on specific criteria. The main student finance package for full-time students includes a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan for living costs. Part-time students can access a tuition fee loan to pay for your course. Generally, you will only get student finance if you’re doing your first degree-level qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded. For further information please see

The Access to Learning Fund is a non-repayable discretionary fund that gives students facing hardship extra financial support to access and remain in higher education. This can is accessed via the college. Please speak to Student Services for more information.

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