The objective of the OTHM Level 4 Award in Principles and Practice of Lip-reading Teaching is to develop learners’ understanding of the principles and practices of lip-reading so that they can apply their knowledge to a variety of educational contexts.

The qualification provides learners with an opportunity to develop specialist knowledge, understanding, and techniques needed to become an effective teacher of lip-reading.

Successful completion of this qualification will allow learners to work in a variety of roles that require specialist lip-reading knowledge and techniques.

Entry Requirements

This qualification is designed for learners who are typically aged 19 and above.

The entry profile for learners must include:

  • Being 19 years old or older at the beginning of the course
  • GCSE English Language, graded Level 9-4 or an equivalent qualification
  • Hold a relevant vocational and/or academic qualification of at least the level above that of their learners and ideally a minimum Level 3 qualification in their own area of specialism. 
  • Good unaided hearing
  • Minimum core of literacy, language, numeracy and ICT

Or the following:

  • Mature learners (over 21) with relevant management experience (learners must check with the delivery centre regarding this experience prior to registering for the programme)

English Requirements

If a learner is not from a majority English-speaking country, they must provide evidence of English language competency. For more information visit the English Language Expectations page on the OTHM website.


OTHM qualifications at Level 4 represent practical knowledge, skills, capabilities and competences that are assessed in academic terms as being equivalent to Higher National Certificates (HNC) and Year 1 of a three-year UK Bachelor's degree programme.

Qualification Structure

The OTHM Level 4 Award in Principles and Practice of Lip-reading Teaching qualification consists of 1 mandatory unit, 12 credits, 100 hours Total Qualification Time (TQT) and the recommended Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for this qualification is a minimum of 48 hours.

Mandatory Units

  • Principles and Practice of Lip-reading Teaching (12 Credits)

Duration and Delivery

The qualification is designed to be delivered over one academic year for full-time study, but it is also flexible in its delivery in order to accommodate part-time and distance learning.

The qualification is delivered face-to-face, through lectures, tutorials, seminars, distance, online by approved centres only.

Assessment and Verification

All units within this qualification are assessed and internally quality assured by the centre and externally verified by OTHM. The qualifications are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes.

To achieve a ‘pass’ for a unit, learners must provide evidence to demonstrate that they have fulfilled all the learning outcomes and meet the standards specified by all assessment criteria. Judgement that the learners have successfully fulfilled the assessment criteria is made by the assessor.

Specific assessment guidance and relevant marking criteria for each unit are made available in the Assignment Brief document. These are made available to centres immediately after registration of one or more learners.

The assessor should provide an audit trail showing how the judgement of the learners’ overall achievement has been arrived at.

Quality, Standards & Recognitions

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University Progressions

The local and global recognition has enabled our graduates to enhance their employability skills as well as to join degree and master top-up programmes.

Become an Approved Centre

If you are a college or a private training provider wishing to offer our qualifications, you will need to become an approved centre first.

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