Level 4 Assessor/Coach

Overview of the role

Coaching and assessing vocational learners, usually on a one-to-one basis, in a range of learning environments.


The AC role has emerged within the Education and Training Sector (ETS), over the last 30 years, originally because of the implementation of vocational (competence-based) qualifications (notably NVQs) and formalised work-based education and training.

The 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 co-operatively 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.

Entry Requirements

(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.
Candidates may have achieved maths, English and ICT skills at Level 2 (equivalent to GCSE Grade C, or above) prior to commencing their training. Those that have not must achieve this prior to taking the end-point assessment.


Typically, this apprenticeship will take a minimum of 15 months plus 8 weeks End Point Assessment

How will I be assessed?

  • A series of practical assessments
  • A portfolio of evidence over the 15-month duration of the course

At End Point Assessment you will need to complete:

  • Assessor/Coach observations followed by questions and answers
  • Professional Discussion

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal if you have an interest in working within the Further Education sector

What are my progression and career opportunities?

The AC may be eligible to progress onto a full teaching role within an education and training provider organisation.

Link for further information:

This course can be done in conjunction with NCFE Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training