Coaching Professional Apprenticeship

About this qualification

Delivered by our partners at the National Institute of Teaching and Education (NITE).

Leading to the Level 5 Coaching Professional Apprenticeship (Schools & Colleges) qualification, this practical, evidence-based qualification is beneficial for those who want to develop their skills to actively listen, provide feedback and use coaching and mentoring to advance performance. The qualification is mapped to the Institute of Leadership & Management Level 5 Certificate in Effective Coaching and Mentoring, and as a result of undertaking the apprenticeship, an additional qualification will also be achieved.

The content is designed to strengthen your understanding of how the organisational context can affect both coaching and mentoring. It allows for the planning, delivery and review of those you will coach and mentor.

The qualification acts to both reward and recognise you for undertaking this important role within your school/ college, in supporting those new to teaching, or undertaking teacher training.

Entry Requirements

Prior experience in teaching or in schools is not a prerequisite of acceptance onto the qualification.


Have achieved a standard equivalent to a Grade-4 (C grade) GCSE in English and Mathematics.


The applicant must have the opportunity to be engaged in a coaching relationship and display the behavioural attributes required of a coach, such as trust and integrity.


As part of the apprenticeship, you will be supported by your employer to undertake ‘off the job’ activities to successfully progress with the qualification. This time permits you to study, complete tasks and meet with your University Tutors to support you in completing the required assessments.

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Qualification information

This qualification is for learners wishing to develop their skills to actively listen, provide feedback and use coaching and mentoring to advance performance.

  • Comprehensive 15-month qualification focusing on the development of the professional knowledge, skills and behaviours required to be an effective coach and mentor.
  • Funded by the Apprenticeship Levy, and therefore, an effective and economic way to support professional development within your school/college
  • Developed to work around your role, and qualification materials can be accessed when you have the time to commit to study.
  • Develops coaching and mentoring skills to meet the requirements of the Initial Teacher Training and Early Career Frameworks.
  • Supports best-practice in early career development in your school or college.
  • In-school training allows study to be tailored to the needs and ethos of the school or college.
  • Support from experienced University Tutors, in developing your portfolio, assessments and progress in the workplace.

Upon completion of this qualification you will have:

Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) Level 5 in Effective Coaching & Mentoring

Level 5 Coaching Professional Apprenticeship (Subject to successful completion of the End Point Assessment)

Units Covered

The qualification is for 14 months, plus the EPA. Each of the three units are delivered and assessed before undertaking the next unit. This allows you to progressively achieve and understand your success as you continue.

As part of the programme you will receive regular coaching sessions and be observed when undertaking a mentoring/coaching session. In addition, you are required to undertake a minimum of 20 hours formal coaching or mentoring with a number of appropriate individuals.

How you’ll be taught

This unique delivery is online with face-to-face meetings with your employer and the University Tutor to discuss progress. Observations of coaching practice take place in the work location. The qualification functions through a sophisticated online virtual learning platform, AULA, where you access valuable qualification materials and become an interactive participant through the community learning areas.

There will be group and individual online delivery through Microsoft Teams, where you will cement your learning and be able to undertake discussions with the unit leaders.

Your University Tutor will work closely with you throughout the qualification. Individual and small group seminars provide opportunities to share experiences and to aid in the completion of assessments and development of your evidence portfolio, required for the End Point Assessment.

Regular meetings between you, your line manager and University Tutor will also take place to discuss your progress and further support your development.

We regularly review our qualification content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, qualification modules may be updated.

How you’ll be assessed

As part of the apprenticeship, there is an obligation to undertake study. In order to undertake this successfully, you will be required to work 20% off the job. These activities can easily fit around work, and further information on how this works will be discussed on application and enquiry.

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Fees & Funding





Not available

Apprenticeship levy funded

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