The objective of the OTHM Level 4 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring to Build Relationships is to develop learners’ knowledge and understanding of how to effectively build relationships through specialist inclusivity, behaviour management, coaching, mentoring and tutoring skills.

Through the course of this qualification learners’ will explore how to analyse and implement regulatory frameworks, prepare and apply specialist coaching, mentoring and tutoring skills to specific contexts and how to promote and manage positive/disruptive behaviours in a learning environment to ensure purposeful learning outcomes.

Successful completion of this qualification will allow learners to work in a variety of roles that require detailed knowledge of coaching and mentoring.

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 
  • Minimum core of literacy, language, numeracy and ICT 
  • A minimum of a Level 3 qualification in their own area of specialism

Or the following:

  • Be 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 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring to Build Relationships qualification consists of 5 mandatory units, 30 credits, 300 hours Total Qualification Time (TQT) and the recommended Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for this qualification is a minimum of 115 hours.

Mandatory Units

  • Preparing for the Coaching Role (3 Credits)
  • Preparing for the Mentoring Role (3 Credits) 
  • Preparing for the Personal Tutoring Role (3 Credits) 
  • Understanding and Managing Behaviours in a Learning Environment (6 Credits) 
  • Inclusive Practice (15 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

By complying with our regulators and meeting university progression requirements we ensure the high-quality standards of all our qualifications and assessments.

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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