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Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training – Optional Unit Combinations

Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training – Optional Unit Combinations

8217 views | Sana | 01-01-2018

Thinking of doing the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training? Confused about which Optional Units to choose?

To download the full course brochure with the suggested combinations click ELN Certificate in Education & Training.

If you’re lucky, your Training Provider or FE Institute will offer you a reasonable range of Optional Units so that you can customise your Level 4 Certificate in Education & Training to suit your own career goals and development needs.

Getting the CET Optional Units combination right can be a pretty mind-boggling task! So we’ve decided to help out with some of our learners’ favourite combinations. Don’t worry, we’ve made sure all the combinations fulfil the required number of minimum credits.

All you have to do is make sure you have access to the workplace requirements if required and you’re set to go!

If you decide you want to make a truly customised combination for yourself, or for more details on the individual units, check out our easy guide, to help you decide!

Remember, these are just suggestions and you may still want to discuss with an experienced professional about your career and academic choices. If so, why not contact us! We’d be happy to provide a free, no-obligation consultation!

CET Assessor:

The first unit below overlaps with the Level 3 Assessor Qualifications which is a bonus! You can use the unit as part of your Certificate in Education and Training and also combine it with the Assessor Theory unit to achieve the Level 3 Award in Assessing Occupational Competence. This will qualify you to assess people in their workplace.

If you have completed this Award OR the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement, then you can gain exemption from this unit. Meaning, you get the credits for having completed the unit and it still counts towards your Certificate in E&T!

  • Assess Occupational Competence in the Work Environment
  • Assessment and Support for Recognition of Prior Learning
  • Evaluating Learning Programmes
CET Quality Assurance:

Again, we’ve chosen the first two units specifically to create an irresistible win-win! Complete both units as part of the CET and at the same time get awarded the Level 4 Award in Internal Quality Assurance which makes you a fully qualified IQA or IV!

OR, if you already have either of the Level 4 Award or Certificate in IQA (or the TAQA) then claim exemption and use them to count towards your CET Optional Units Credits.

We’ve added the third unit to give you the knowledge of External Quality Assurance so you can deal more confidently with your External Quality Assurance requirements and EV visits. It could possibly help with career progression at a later stage.

  • Understanding Principles & Practices of Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment
  • Internally Assure the Quality Assessment
  • Understanding Principles & Practices of External Quality Assurance of Assessment
CET Corporate:

These three units have been put together for trainers who work with learners who are employees or whose training is related to their workplace. Generally, most learners completing work-based vocational qualifications will be employees! But here the difference is when trainers have to deal with organisations to prepare, design, deliver and/or assess the learners and satisfy the employers!

  • Identify the Learning Needs of Organisations 
  • Engage with Employers to Facilitate Workforce Development
  • Engage with Employers to Develop & Support Learning Provision
CET Coaching / Mentoring:

As coaching and mentoring gain more credibility and importance, it’s time for teachers and trainers in FE to catch up. Most successful teachers naturally exhibit the qualities and skills of an effective Coach or Mentor. Yet sometimes, being aware of the specific techniques, skill set, learning environment and legislation can safeguard both the teacher and learner as well as create a more effective partnership.

  • Preparing for the Mentoring Role
  • Preparing for the Coaching Role
  • Engage learners in the Learning & Development Process
  • Using Study Skills to Enhance the Learning of Others
CET Personal Tutor:

Teaching and assessing in a classroom, workplace or corporate environment requires certain skills and has its challenges. Similarly, dealing with 1:1 candidates presents a different set of challenges requiring a slightly different set of skills, processes and techniques. Explore the potential of personal tutoring or consolidate your tutoring experience with the Level 4 Certificate in Education & Training and Optional Units below.

  • Preparing for the Personal Tutoring Role
  • Working with Individual Learners
CET Special Educational Needs:

Depending on the type of needs your learners have or the scope of your role, you can choose either of the unit combinations below or mix and match. Just make sure you have access to related work-based evidence where required and that you calculate the unit credits correctly. The combinations below have the correct number of credits for the L4 Certificate in Education and Training requirements.

  • Equality & Diversity + Specialist Delivery Techniques & Activities


  • Action Learning for Teaching in a Specialist Area of Disability


  • Teaching in a Specialist Area. This unit can be undertaken with any specialism in mind, not necessarily a disability or special need.
CET Teaching Young People:

This section may not apply to a wide range of teachers or trainers in the post-compulsory sector. However, it is crucial for those dealing with this age range to be familiar with the legislation, behaviours, management and motivational techniques required to deal with young people.

  • Working with the 14-19 Age Range in Education and Training
  • Understanding & Managing Behaviours in the Learning Environment


  • Delivering Employability Skills
  • Develop Learning & Development Programmes
  • Preparing for the Mentoring Role
CET Standalone Units:

These units are mostly Level 5 although some are at Level 4. They are all 15 credits each so you only need to pick one unit to fulfil the complete credit requirement. It is important to note here that doing ‘less’ units in number may not always mean less work. Units worth 15 credits at Level 5 will require extensive research, study skills and analysis so be sure to make a choice that is practical and relevant for you.

  • Developing, Using & Organising Resources in Specialist Area


  • Effective Partnership Working in Learning and Teaching


  • Inclusive Practice


  • Teaching in a Specialist Area


  • Action Learning to Support Development of Subject-Specific Pedagogy


  • Action Research

So there you have it, some of the most popular CET unit combinations as advised by our students and teachers. Do you have any clever combinations you found useful? Contact us. 

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