Children, Young People and Families Practitioner Level 4

Overview (NV)

Children, Young People and Families Practitioner Level 4

Course duration
15-18 months (two days per month)


The course is designed to train individuals to be effective and efficient professionals and prepare them for a variety of roles across the children’s, young people and family workforce. The Level 4 Apprenticeship is a course that will develop knowledge and understanding of what it’s like to work within this sector.

Getting the best out of a job in this field requires unique skills. This course will involve a combination of in-class learning and hands-on experience. It is a course that has been carefully developed by UCB in partnership with employers to prepare students for progression towards their chosen career.

Who is it suitable for?

The apprenticeship is suitable for employees who work in a range of diverse and different areas, which could include:

  • Criminal justice
  • Early years
  • Lifelong learning
  • Palliative care
  • Pastoral work in schools and further education
  • Residential care
  • Youth offending team work

Why should I choose this apprenticeship?

  • To develop new skills
  • To obtain a highly recognised qualification in Children, Young People and Families
  • Career progression
  • Create opportunities to consider new career pathways

On completing the apprenticeship, you will also be awarded a Certificate of Higher Education, which means you will have a higher education qualification that will allow you to progress onto a Level 5 course, including the Children, Young People and Families Manager Apprenticeship.

Course content

The aim of the apprenticeship is not just to train individuals for effective and efficient performance, but to prepare them as professionals to undertake a variety of roles and contexts across the children’s, young people and family workforce.

The course involves: barriers to communication, hearing the voice of vulnerable people, equity, rights and cultural differences, safeguarding, multi-agency practice, meeting the needs of those who are vulnerable, mentoring and coaching, self-awareness, ethical issues, systems and policy frameworks and building relationships.

Apprentices will also need to gain their Level 2 Functional Skills in English and maths, which can be undertaken as part of the course. Apprentices then undertake a mandatory end-point assessment once each of the modules has been successfully completed.  

Teaching and Assessment (NV)

Teaching & assessment 

You will need to complete tasks and gain a portfolio of evidence through work-based learning and assessment, taught sessions and online delivery. A qualified tutor/assessor will examine the evidence, which is then approved by the external verifier (appointed by the examining body).  Personal learning and thinking skills and employment rights and responsibilities are embedded in the apprenticeship.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

  • You must be a minimum of 18-years-old
  • You will require a Level 3 qualification, or equivalent, in Care, Children or Family Support
  • You will require Level 2 qualifications in maths and English, although if you don’t have either of these, there is an option to complete them during the apprenticeship
  • You must be working for at least 30 hours per week in an appropriate role

You are required to undertake the Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service process and provide the result prior to starting.

What's next? (NV)

What's next?

If you want to become an apprentice and do not have a job, UCB will work with you to find a suitable paid placement. If you are in work and want to take an apprenticeship qualification, we can advise on what you need to do.

For more information please contact the Apprenticeship team:

By telephone: 0121 232 4091 (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm)

By email: