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Level 4 Diploma in Learning and Development Qualification

This Level 4 Diploma in Learning and Development aims to develop learners’ knowledge, understanding and skills as required to work in learning and development. This course has a number of optional units which feed into other qualifications such as the award in education and training, assessor and internal quality assurance.

Vocational Learning encourages candidates to submit naturally occurring evidence from their work environment to demonstrate competency against the practical requirements of the course. We welcome other evidence such as prior learning and do not just rely on assignments. This can include schemes of work, assessment reports, course resources and communication records. You are usually expected to complete this course within 10 to 20 weeks depending on the combination of units you have selected.

Course Structure

Candidates must meet a minimum 45 credits to be awarded the Level 4 Diploma in Learning and Development qualification by completing the following units:

Unit 1: Principles, theories and practices of learning and development
Unit 2: Reflect on and improve own practice in learning and development
Unit 3: Identify the learning needs of organisations
Unit 4: Develop and prepare resources for learning and development
Unit 5: Engage learners in the learning and development process
Unit 6: Facilitate learning and development in groups
Unit 7: Plan and preprae specific learning and development opportunities
Unit 8: Provide information and advice to learners and employers

Course Delivery and Support

The course is delivered by either blended learning or as classroom based. You are expected to meet all course requirements regardless of the method of delivery. There should be evidence of learning and meeting all the assessment criteria.

Fast track is also available to candidates who can work at a faster pace and have access to learning opportunities. You will also be expected to have the capacity to meet all course requirements within a shorter time scale and ideally have evidence of prior learning.


This is the ideal course delivery as it allows all practical requirements to be demonstrated and observed in realtime. All course requirements will need to be completed within the classroom.

Blended Learning

This mode of learning is ideal for candidates who want to complete part of the course by distance learning. All practical requirements of the course will need to be demonstrated or carried out either during classroom attendance or observed in realtime by video.

Distance Learning

This mode of learning is ideal for candidates who want to complete the course entirely or mostly by distance learning. Evidence of practice will however need to be provided in the form of work products, expert witnesses, observations or any other appropriate and suitable method that demonstrates your competency.

All candidates will be allocated an assessor on enrolment and given access to coursework, resources and learning opportunities. Course events include forums, web conferences, and face-to-face sessions.


The Level 4 Diploma in Learning and Development is assessed by a portfolio of evidence which you have to compile and submit at the end of the course. The assessment process will involve a range of methods such as prior learning, assignments, reflective accounts, witness statements, questioning observations of practice and work products.

How long is the course?

We are often asked how quick someone can complete this course? This depends on a number of factors which includes your own commitment, the quality of your evidence, time, learning and assessment opportunities and your ability to study at a high level.

Candidates joining the course with evidence of prior learning and credits from other qualifications will obviously be able to complete quicker than someone without. If you invest more time on the course such as 15 hours a week then you will most likely complete earlier compared to someone who commits less time. On the other hand if you find yourself needing more time than the curse duration you can negotiate for more time during your initial assessment planning. You can also apply for extensions.

Please bear in mind that you will be required to evidence learning and participate in course activities. This is a regulated qualification that will be quality assured and monitored by awarding bodies and Ofqual. We however expect you to complete the course within 1 to 8 weeks.

Entry Requirements

The Level 4 Diploma in Learning and Development course is open to anyone working in learning and development. You will be expected to have basic numeracy, literacy and IT skills. You will be expected to have access to at least two candidates to succefully achieve the assessor units. You will also be expected to demonstrate how you have carried out quality assurance duties and supported at least two members of staff in order to achieve the verifier units.

You are required to have access to the internet, computer and a word processor that can open and produce Microsoft Word Documents ending with the extension ‘.doc’. Candidates without Microsoft office are advised to consider free software such as Open Office. You, however, need to ensure your documents are saved and submitted for assessment as word documents ending with the extension ‘.doc’?

What it means studying at Level 4?

You will be assessed at the same level as someone completing the first year of an undergraduate degree. Achievement at Level 4 reflects the ability to identify and use relevant understanding, methods and skills to complete tasks and address problems that, while well defined, have a measure of complexity. It includes taking responsibility for initiating and completing tasks and procedures as well as exercising autonomy and judgment within limited parameters. You will be expected to use references and reflect an awareness of different perspectives or approaches within your area of study or work.

What can l do after completion?

The qualification can be used in its entirety if you are a tutor or trainer. You can go on to complete the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training or any other higher education course.

Enrolment (Costs and Signing up)

Please only book if you fully meet all course entry requirements. The course fee includes registration, support, learning opportunities, assessments, moderation and certification. There are no hidden fees. You are only enrolled when we receive payment for your booking. Payment is normally expected within 5 days from your booking. We are however flexible with corporate bookings where this time could be extended subject to arrangement. We also consider alternative customised instalment payments. Please feel free to propose a payment arrangement that meet your needs. The full cost of the course is £765. You can also use a payment plan by making a deposit of £210 and three monthly instalments. Each instalment will be £210.