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Level 4 Certificate in Early Years Advanced Practitioner (Work-based) (Adult Course)

This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

As a practitioner employed within the Early Years Workforce, this level 4 qualification aims to provide you with professional development opportunities. It will embrace the wealth of experience that you have already gained within the Level 3 Early Years Workforce, and challenge you in both your daily practice and theoretical understanding.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

This course has flexible start dates throughout the year and will take 7 months to complete.

The course is mainly assessed in the workplace and you will be assigned a tutor/assessor at the beginning of the course, who will work with you throughout the programme.

There is no full class room activity, the candidate will arrange to meet the assessor in College or at their place of work.

What will I study?

The content covers the age range from 0-5 years and includes the following areas:

  • Enabling children to learn
  • Promoting health and wellbeing
  • Working with others to support children with additional needs
  • Working with families and other professionals
  • Implementing change in an early years setting

You will develop and use skills of leadership, mentoring, coaching and reflection as you complete the qualification through work-based learning opportunities.

How is it assessed?

You will produce a portfolio of evidence arranged to reflect application of theoretical knowledge in practice with clear expectations of engagement with statutory frameworks.

Other assessment methods include projects, observations, assignments and displays.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

This is a work-based qualification. You must be employed in an early years setting at level 3 to complete this qualification.

What are the course fees?

More information on course fees will be provided upon application. For further details, please visit our financial support pages.

If you are aged 19 or over, you could also choose to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees enabling you to study now, pay later. Loan eligibility is not dependent on income or employment status and there is no credit check. Loan repayments do not start until you have finished your course and earn over £27,295 per year. For more information, please visit our dedicated Advanced Learner Loan page.

There are a number of payment options including an interest-free payment plan with a monthly direct debit payment.

If your employer is willing to fund your course, we can help you to arrange this.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

This course offers you the opportunity to progress on to the level 5 qualification such as the Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People's Services.

You will also be equipped to progress on to study at a higher level, for example the FdA Early Years Practice at University Centre St Helens.

Although the qualification will not be eligible for UCAS points, it could provide evidence for a personal statement to enable students to potentially enter higher education.

I'm interested in this course, what should I do next?

If you would like to submit an application to study this course, simply fill in our online form here.

However, if you still have questions in relation to this course and wish to receive further information, please submit your enquiry here.

Programmes funded by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority's Adult Education Budget are available to study here. Please visit Student Services for further information about the financial support available to you.

Ref: Course Enquiries



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“Completing a range of placements as part of my course prepared me for my career. I now work with children with special educational needs. ”

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Why study Early Years, Youth Work and Education with us?

Work Experience

Gain valuable work experience within childcare settings such as nurseries and schools. 

Enrichment Activities

Get involved in community initiatives and activities to boost your CV and university application. 

Experienced Tutors

Lecturers and tutors have industry experience and a passion for the subjects they teach.


Our excellent progression routes can lead to an apprenticeship, university or employment.

Industry Links

We have excellent links with local primary schools and childcare providers.

Learning Experience

Develop your knowledge and skills in our interactive learning environment.