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Level 4 Assessor / Coach Apprenticeship

Course Overview

The Level 4 assessor/coach apprenticeship supports the role that has emerged within the education and training sector (ETS) over the last 30 years, originally as a result of the implementation of vocational (competence-based) qualifications (notably NVQs) and formalised work-based education and training.

The assessor/coach (AC) is a dual professional, using their up-to-date professional knowledge and skills to support vocational and professional development across the formal ETS as well as in any employer setting, and at any level. They may, for example, coach and assess apprentices, trainees or new recruits (ranging from young entrants, to new CEOs) in the workplace, commensurate with their own level of experience and qualifications, as required by their employer or their sector.

ACs coach and assess vocational learners, usually on a one-to-one basis, in a range of learning environments. Coaching skills involve complex communication techniques to actively listen, provide feedback and to engage learners in planning their individualised learning programme. These skills are also integral to assessing learners’ competence in-relation to work-related/industry standards and life skills.

ACs work cooperatively with other ETS or professionals (such as teachers, human resource professionals and mentors/supervisors in the workplace) in supporting the learner’s development of vocational competence and the wider skills that relate to employability and professionalism.

The Skills Network offers individualised learning to each apprentice and heavily involves the employer with all curriculum scoping to ensure progress is meaningful. Alongside this, prior attainment is carefully considered from the start to ensure time on programme is maximised. We have the ability to individualise every apprentice’s scheme of work to produce a bespoke delivery plan tailored around the individual’s need by incorporating content from our e-learning catalogue, providing a more enhanced apprenticeship and experience for the apprentice.

The Skills Network's strong IAG ensures that each apprentice understands the context of their learning, the assessment methodology and that their future career progression is carefully mapped into their journey. In addition, the curriculum scoping exercise provides an opportunity to review prior learning and completed qualifications, with the aim of personalising apprenticeships to support and enhance your business, and therefore your apprentices’ progress and progression.


It is desirable that candidates would have achieved a level 2 in maths, English and ICT (equivalent to GCSE Grade C or above) prior to commencing their apprenticeship training. Those apprentices who are yet to achieve a level 2 in maths, English and ICT will have the opportunity to complete these qualifications during their apprenticeship. However, a level 2 must be achieved in these areas before they qualify for entry to their end point assessment (EPA).

Individual employers may set any entry requirements which may include:

(As a dual professional) – A qualification, at an appropriate level, and relevant up-to-date experience in the candidate’s vocational/subject specialism.

Many candidates will already possess a level 3 qualification in assessing. Depending on the specific education and training context, employers (and/or awarding organisations) may require candidates without an assessor qualification to achieve this prior to completion of their apprenticeship.

Key Information

Course Length
12 to 18 Months

Course Level
Level 4

Awarding Body
(E-certificates upon achievement)

Learning Method
Workplace (direct delivery)

For Individuals


  • Apprentices will gain a nationally recognised and accredited qualification
  • Improve staff retention
  • Work in partnership with a nationally recognised training provider
  • Employees get access to award-winning learning and assessment materials
  • Bespoke support to ensure Apprentices access high quality ‘off the job’ learning
  • See rapid improvements in employees' performance, productivity and behaviours that will benefit your organisation
  • Employees have access to unlimited support from a qualified trainer and a Learner Support Advisor (LSA) throughout their apprenticeship

Cost and Funding Information

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Throughout the duration of the apprenticeship, your staff will develop a range of new knowledge, skills and behaviours which will add significant value to each apprentice’s overall learning, progress and development. Examples include:


  • Strategies for inspiring learners, increasing their resilience in overcoming barriers and obstacles, and in raising concerns

  • Current and emerging technologies that could safely and effectively support learner autonomy and the Assessor/Coach role

  • Effective practice in giving feedback to guide progress and achievement

  • Skills:

  • Facilitate access to relevant, current Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG)

  • Liaise with employers, colleagues and others to support learners’ development

  • Provide access to pastoral support and guidance

  • Behaviours:

  • Inspire, motivate and raise learners’ aspirations through their passion for the sector

  • Evaluate and improve their own professional practice in relation to the Professional Standards for Teachers and Educators in the Education and Training Sector

  • Operate at all times to ethical and legal standards and within professional boundaries

  • For Businesses

    With our combination of market-leading learning resources, exceptional customer service and award-winning LMS solutions, we are confident we can assist with your education and training delivery needs.

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    For Apprenticeships

    Our Apprenticeship programmes focus on improving business productivity and staff retention, while creating an efficient and skilled workforce. We can supply learning materials to support with the delivery of Apprenticeship standards.

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