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What is involved in all the courses?
Level 2 Award in Work with Parents
To achieve the Level 2 Award in Work with parents, practitioners must achieve 12 credits at Level 2. There are 70 guided learning hours in this qualification and 120 notional learning hours. The mandatory unit for this qualification, Build and Maintain Relationships with Parents (Level 2) is 6 credits. A further two Level 2 optional units, each providing 3 credits, must be achieved to complete the Level 2 Award.
Level 3 Award in Work with Parents
The Level 3 Award in Work with Parents is a recognised qualification which aims to help practitioners increase their skills, knowledge and competencies for working with parents.
The qualification is based on the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Work with Parents. To achieve the award, practitioners must achieve 12 credits. The award is made up of:
One of the optional units at Level 3 is the Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) which provides 6 credits.
Level 3 Certificate in Work with Parents
To achieve the Level 3 Certificate in Work with Parents, learners must achieve 30 credits – this should include a minimum of 21 credits at level 3 and a maximum of 9 credits at level 2.
The qualification requires 140-170 guided learning hours and 300 notional learning hours.
City and Guilds [link], the awarding organisation, have further guidance on the units that can be undertaken for the Level 3 Certificate. These are known as rules of combination and specify which units can be undertaken to make up the certificate.
Level 4 Award in Work with Parents
To achieve the Level 4 Award in Work with Parents, practitioners are required to achieve 6 credits at Level 4. The mandatory unit at Level 4, Build and Maintain Relationships with Parents provides 6 credits.
The qualification requires 24 guided learning hours and 60 notional learning hours.
Level 4 Award Work with Parents (Intense support for families with multiple and complex needs)
To achieve this Award, candidates must complete 3 units and 12 credits at Level 4. This Award is comprised of 3 units:
Assessment of qualifications
Practitioners are expected to provide evidence and collate it in a portfolio, which is then assessed by their tutor or assessor.
The evidence can include:
The evidence must reflect, at all times, the policies and procedures of the workplace, as linked to current legislation and the values and principles for good practice in Work with Parents (NOS).
Tutors and assessors may use a variety of methods to assess the practitioner’s competence. These can include: