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A Complete Guide to the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training

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A Complete Guide to the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training

AUTHOR : By Lynn Machin, Duncan Hindmarch, Sandra Murray and Tina Richardson

ISBN : 9781915713544

Edition No : 4

Publication : Jan 17, 2024

Extent : 230 pgs

ISBN : 9781915713551

Edition No : 4

Publication : Jan 17, 2024

Extent : 230 pgs

ISBN : 9781915713568

Edition No : 4

Publication : Jan 17, 2024

Extent : 230 pgs


A complete and updated all-in-one guide to the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training, suitable for use with any awarding organisation.

This fourth edition of the bestselling text for all those working towards the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training has been fully updated and tailored to meet the refreshed ETF Standards. It therefore provides an increased focus on subject pedagogy and covers information relating to a range of new and contemporary issues. It incorporates key information on reflective practice and study skills, and provides full coverage of all the mandatory units. Accessible language is combined with a critical approach that clearly relates practical examples to the required underpinning theory. 

Specifically, this fourth edition:

  • takes into account the new Minimum Core
  • incorporates Digital Skills and the ETF EdTech Strategy
  • includes a new end of chapter feature to develop evidence-informed practice
  • recognises the need to provide better support and guidance to learners around gender, sexuality, racism, mental health and well-being
  • supports the revolution in online practices and implications for hybrid working and learning
  • reflects the escalating importance of the sustainability agenda
  • is suitable for use with all awarding organisations and HEIs
  • provides the depth and criticality to meet level 4 requirements.

User friendly, easy to read and covered a good range of material with good examples and case studies.
Kerry Adam South Staffordshire College

The study skills section is very good - it picks up on the main issues facing trainees in Education and Training contexts and ensures that the advice and guidance are directly relevant to these learners. Also good are the sections on teaching observations and progression.
Paul G Daniels Dearne College

I will be recommending it for its simplicity as a core text for our new ITT introductory programme. Christian Beighton Canterbury Christchurch



  1. Reflecting, evaluating and improving your practice
  2. Professional roles and responsibilities
  3. You and your learners' mental health and emotional well-being
  4. Assessment practices and processes
  5. Communication    
  6. Inclusive learning environments
  7. Planning and delivery
  8. Teaching practice and observations
  9. Progression routes
  10. Study skills






Lynn Machin is Award Leader and Senior Lecturer within the School of Education at Staffordshire University.  She has over 20 years’ experience of teaching in post-14 education.  Lynn has had a variety of roles within initial teacher education (ITE) including developing and writing the modules that make up the suite of qualifications within ITE in the FE and Skills Sector.  

Duncan Hindmarch is Award Leader for Lifelong Learning Teacher Training and the Foundation Degree in Education at Staffordshire University.  He has over 15 years' teaching experience, having worked overseas and in the UK.  With a background in Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages, he has been involved in developing and delivering ESOL and Initial Teacher Training programmes since 2005.

Tina Richardson is an Award Leader and Manager of the Lifelong Learning Development Centre within the School of Education at Staffordshire University.  She has worked in compulsory, further and higher education, with the last 15 years focusing on Adult Literacy, Language and Numeracy and teacher education for the FE and Skills Sector.  Tina has worked on a consultancy basis for a number of organisations such as LSIS, SVUK and CfBT.  

Sandra Murray is a Curriculum Leader and Advanced Practitioner in the Department of Teacher Training at Newcastle-under-Lyme College.  She has a wide range of experience supporting and teaching teachers in the lifelong learning sector and has been teaching on Initial Teacher Education programmes since 2005. 

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Your Reviews on this book

I found the book was brilliantly pitched at those wanting to join the Further Education and Skills sector but was also worded in such a way that those people with a slight amount of knowledge, such as progressing from the Level 3 Award in Education and Training would also find it extremely beneficial. It builds on knowledge obtained on the level 3 or goes into sufficient detail to be a standalone text as highly recommended on this level of course. It allows the reader to develop their skills further in certain key areas whilst still giving you a very rounded and unbiased view of this particular education sector.

Neil Barnes, Colchester Institute

I really liked this book. It directly related to the course and adds more material. I will be recommending it. I liked the approach and that it checked on learning giving good examples for both me as a lecturer and also them as teacher trainers to be challenging resources.

Vikki Soanes, Basingstoke College
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