Children, Young People & Families Practitioner

Level 4

This apprenticeship route offers a unique opportunity for practitioners working in community or residential settings to extend their knowledge and develop their skills in working with children, young people and families.

The Certificate in Higher Education Children, Young People and Families Practitioner apprentice has two optional outcomes: Community Practitioner or Residential Care Practitioner.

Of the 120 credits, 80 credits will be core shared learning, with the remaining 40 credits for the specialised option.

Core shared modules  

  • Academic and Professional Development
  • Lifespan Development: Health, Development and Wellbeing
  • Participation, Rights and the Law
  • Safeguarding in Practice
  • Introduction to Inclusion

Specialised optional module (choose one)  

  • Children, Young People and Families Practitioner in the Community
  • Children and Young People’s Residential Care


The programme duration is up to 24 months consisting of:

  • 18 months taught content: six modules equal to 120 credits at Level 4
  • Up to three-month Gateway preparation for the End Point Assessment (EPA)
  • Up to three-month End Point Assessment (EPA) period

The three-month periods for the Gateway and EPA will be dependent on the apprentices’ readiness for final assessment. The employer will be instrumental in the decision-making for this in collaboration with the University and the apprentice.


The assessment strategy for this programme will emphasise continuous assessment of the apprentices’ academic development and competence in their employment-based practice including planning, observation and recording of activities with children, young people and families.

Visiting Tutor and Work Based Mentor

Apprentices will have a visiting tutor who will support the application of their learning to practice and monitor progress towards the EPA in conjunction with the employer. A work-based mentor will be required of the employer to enable the apprentice to achieve the learning outcomes.

Delivery model

The taught programme will be delivered through active blended learning including interactive workshops and seminars supported by independent study and tutor-led online tasks.

Entry requirements   

  • Sponsored by an employer
  • Maths and English at Level 2
  • Being in relevant employment (minimum of 30 hours per week)
  • DBS clearance
  • Standard University entry requirements for Level 4 study.

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