Level 4 Award in Supporting Children & Young People with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN)

Research suggests that in some areas 50% of children start school with a speech, language and communication need (SLCN) and that approximately 10% go on to have a long-term SLCN. A focus on ‘talk in the classroom’ therefore can have a profound impact on children and young people’s learning and social interaction. (Communication Trust 2019).

This course is designed to build knowledge and confidence and develop a range of practical skills to fulfil a teaching or support role for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs.

On successful completion you will gain a Level 4 award in supporting children and young people with speech, language and communication and 6 level 4 credits from Gateway Qualifications.

Course Delivery

This course is offered via an online and blended pathway. The course runs twice a year, with Spring and Autumn start dates. The course duration is six months. Online course materials can be accessed by laptop/tablet/phone.

If your school / setting is located in one of our partner Local Authorities / Boroughs you will take the blended pathway. This consists of access to the online course materials and additional workshop sessions delivered by your Local Authority / Borough team.
Portfolio work will be assessed by an online Learning Outcomes Assessor

Course Content

The course incorporates but is not limited to the following learning outcomes:

  • Investigate the roles and responsibilities of different professionals working in schools and settings to support children and young people with SLCN. This will include an exploration of how your own role contributes to the effectiveness of support.
  • Typical speech language and communication development and an understanding of the risk factors that can impact on this development.
  • Effective contributions to the early identification of speech language and communication needs.
  • Knowledge of how to analyse the relationship between other areas of development and the impact of SLCN on learning and behaviour.
  • Strategies for supporting children and young people with SLCN.
  • Developing appropriate techniques to engage children and young people in the support process and provide opportunities for them to develop their skills.
  • Opportunity to reflect on current practice in the light of your new learning through the completion of a small-scale project.


You are required to complete a portfolio to evidence the Learning Outcomes and assessment criteria of the course. You will be allocated an online Learning Outcomes Assessor, who will support this journey and provide feedback on the evidence submitted.

Benefit to your Organisation

  • Building the capacity of staff to better support children and young people with SLCN in your school or setting.
  • Impacting positively on pupil outcomes and progress.
  • Helping improve independent learning behaviours and self-regulation of children who have both short / longer-term difficulties with their speech, language and communication.

Entry Requirements

The course is open to those:

  • Working in a teaching or support role in a school or setting across the phases; early years, primary, secondary or post-16.
  • Building a portfolio of Level 4 SEND related qualifications.
  • Wishing to add this course as a unit on the journey towards the Diploma in Supporting Learners from Vulnerable Groups (more information available on our website).

Course cost

The course is being offered online at a cost of £195+VAT. In local areas, where the blended pathway is established and local workshop sessions are offered, the cost of the course may differ.

In order to deliver this qualification, we currently work in partnership with the following organisations: