Work with parents course information

What is involved in all the courses?

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 hoursThe 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 mandatory unit – Unit 300 Build and maintain relationships with parents (6 credits)
  • A range of 17 optional units at Level 3 are available each providing 3 or 6 credits – practitioners will need to complete either one optional unit providing 6 credits or two optional units each providing three credits to achieve the award
  • 50-70 guided learning hours and 120 notional learning hours.

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:

  • Unit 400 - Build and maintain relationships with parents (6 credits).
  • Unit 401 - Understand and use persistent and proactive intervention methods when working with families with complex and multiple needs (4 credits).
  • Unit 402 - Work with families with complex and multiple needs to reduce and prevent anti-social behaviour and increase positive behaviour (2 credits).

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:

  • Record of observations of the practitioner’s performance by an assessor or expert witness
  • Case studies, projects, assignments and reflective accounts of practitioner’s work
  • Products derived from practitioner’s work such as resources developed by practitioners, contributions to planning reviews, minutes of meetings, appraisals, reviews of work etc.
  • Expert witness testimony
  • Witness testimony
  • Questioning (oral or written questions)
  • Professional discussion
  • Previous experience, achievement and learning. Certificates of training and qualifications must be authentic, current and valid. The assessor must check the content of such training so that this can be matched to the standards (learning outcomes) and check that the candidate has retained and can apply learning to practice
  • Role play

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:

  • Observation in the workplace
  • Assignments
  • Questioning
  • Assessment of products