Level 4

Course Level

Level 4


15-18 months

Social Care

90% of apprentices will remain in employment after completing their apprenticeship

83% of apprentices say their apprenticeship has improved their career prospects

Do you want a fulfilling career helping children and young people across a diverse range of areas? Our Level 4 Children, Young People and Families Practitioner Apprenticeship will give you the mix of hands-on experience in the workplace and learning in the classroom to mould you into an effective and efficient professional, capable of making long-lasting changes in the lives of the most vulnerable in society.

This apprenticeship is suitable for employees working across areas ranging from early years, lifelong learning and pastoral work in schools or colleges to residential and palliative care or criminal justice and youth offending team work. Boosting your knowledge of subjects ranging from ethics, mentoring, safeguarding and cultural differences to systems and policy frameworks, the course will prepare you for a variety of roles across the children, young people and family workforce.

On completing this Level 4 apprenticeship, you will be awarded a Certificate of Higher Education, meaning you will have a higher education qualification that will allow you to progress onto a Level 5 course, including our next-level apprenticeship in this field.

Why choose this apprenticeship?

  • BOOST YOUR SKILLS – Gain essential skills and knowledge covering subjects such as communication, mentoring and coaching, equity, policy frameworks and multi-agency practice
  • LEARN WHILE YOU WORK – Put your training into practice in the workplace alongside your studies and gain vital hands-on experience
  • RECOGNISED QUALIFICATION – Complete your apprenticeship and get a widely-recognised higher education qualification, helping you progress to further study

Our facilities

Our learning spaces at University College Birmingham ensure you have the right environments to build your knowledge, from lecture theatres to interactive group working spaces and extensive library resources.

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 an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and provide the result prior to starting.

Key information

Teaching and assessment


In light of COVID-19, we have made some changes to the way we deliver our teaching. We are continually following the guidelines and measures put in place by the UK Government to ensure our students and staff are safe on campus, whilst remaining committed to providing high-quality education. The information below explains how teaching will take place in semester 2 (or semester 1 for those joining us in January) for each level/year of this course.

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.

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