Optional Unit Combinations in the Level 4 CET

Optional Unit Combinations in the Level 4 CET

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Thinking of doing the Level 4 Teaching Certificate? Confused about which Optional Units to choose? To download the full course brochure with the suggested combinations click here.

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 online CET course to suit your own career goals and development needs. We at ELN provide the full range of optional units to all our learners who opt for the level 4 CET qualification or even the level 5 DET course.

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 for the CET course.

All you have to do is make sure you have access to the workplace requirements, if applicable, 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!

Is CET / CTLLS suitable for Assessors?

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 or onsite.

If you have already completed this Award OR the full CAVA Lead Assessor course, then you can gain exemption from this unit as RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning).

The recommended units for the CET Assessor course are:

  • Assess Occupational Competence in the Work Environment (6 credits)
  • Assessment and Support for Recognition of Prior Learning (6 credits)
  • Evaluating Learning Programmes (3 credits)

Is CET / CTLLS suitable for Internal Verifiers?

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 TAQA IQA course which makes you a fully qualified IQA or IV! These units will appear on your CET optional units page which is acceptable proof that you are a qualified IQA.

Alternatively, if you already have the Level 4 Award or Certificate in IQA, then we can claim them under RPL and use them to count towards your CET Optional Units.

We’ve added the third unit to give you the knowledge of Mentoring or Coaching because usually as an IQA you would end up coaching or mentoring your training and assessor staff. The two are slightly different and practice may vary per institution hence the options given below.

  • Understanding Principles & Practices of Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment (6 credits)
  • Internally Assure the Quality Assessment (6 credits)
  • Preparing for the Mentoring (or Coaching) Role (3 credits)

How is CET / CTLLS for Corporate Trainers:

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

  • Identify the Learning Needs of Organisations (6 credits)
  • Engage with Employers to Facilitate Workforce Development (6 credits)
  • Evaluate Learning Programmes (3 credits)

CET / CTLLS for Coaching or 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 (or Coaching) Role (3 credits)
  • Engage learners in the Learning & Development Process (6 credits)
  • Using Study Skills Approaches to Enhance the Learning of Others (6 credits)

CET / CTLLS for Personal Tutors

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 CET course optional unit below.

  • Working with Individual Learners

CET / CTLLS for Special Educational Needs (SENs)

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 CET / CTLLS course requirements.

  • Equality & Diversity (6 credits) 
  • Specialist Delivery Techniques & Activities (9 credits)


  • Action Learning for Teaching in a Specialist Area of Disability (15 credits)


  • Teaching in a Specialist Area. This unit can be undertaken with any specialism in mind, not necessarily a disability or special need. (15 credits)

CET / CTLLS for Teaching Young People

This section may not apply to a wide range of teachers or trainers in teaching 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 (9 credits)
  • Understanding & Managing Behaviours in the Learning Environment (6 credits)


  • Delivering Employability Skills (6 credits)
  • Develop Learning & Development Programmes (6 credits)
  • Preparing for the Mentoring (or Coaching) Role (3 credits)

CET / CTLLS Course 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’ number of units 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 while doing your level 4 teaching qualification.

  • Developing, Using & Organising Resources in Specialist Area (15 credits)


  • Effective Partnership Working in Learning and Teaching (15 credits)


  • Inclusive Practice (15 credits)


  • Teaching in a Specialist Area (15 credits)


  • Action Learning to Support Development of Subject-Specific Pedagogy (15 credits)


  • Action Research (15 credits)

Summary of CET Course Combinations

So there you have it, some of the most popular CET / CTLLS course unit combinations as advised by our students and teachers. Do you have any clever combinations you found useful? Let us know in the comments below or the live webchat. 

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