The OTHM Level 4 Certificate in Learning, Development and Pedagogy is a teaching qualification which has a teaching/training practice requirement. It is an ‘in service’ qualification designed for those working or wishing to work as teachers/trainers in England. All learners must have access to 36 hours of teaching and there must be a minimum of three observations of practice, totalling a minimum of three hours.

The objective of the OTHM Level 4 Certificate in Learning, Development and Pedagogy qualification is to give the learner the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills needed to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in terms of learning programmes, development of resources and their subject specific pedagogy. This includes the planning and delivering of schemes of work and sessions, negotiation of individual goals, different teaching and learning strategies, communication issues and developing and evaluating one’s own pedagogical practice in their selected subject area.

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 Learning, Development and Pedagogy qualification consists of 5 mandatory units, 36 credits, 360 hours Total Qualification Time (TQT) and the recommended Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for this qualification is a minimum of 125 hours.

Mandatory Units

  • Evaluating learning programmes (3 Credits)
  • Develop and prepare resources for learning and development (6 Credits)
  • Develop learning and development programmes (6 Credits)
  • Manage learning and development in groups (6 Credits)
  • Action Learning to Support Development of Subject Specific Pedagogy (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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