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The MSc Career Coaching programme has been designed to reflect the growing interest in career coaching by individuals seeking to manage their career development more effectively; and by organisations who want to develop the talent and resilience of their staff. Read more
The MSc Career Coaching programme has been designed to reflect the growing interest in career coaching by individuals seeking to manage their career development more effectively; and by organisations who want to develop the talent and resilience of their staff. This level of interest is reflected in the progression pathway for talent management that features in the National Occupation Standards (NOS) for Career Development set by the Career Development Institute (CDI). The course will therefore appeal to UK and international students who are existing human service professionals who want to develop their career coaching skills; those who are considering entering the role; and existing career coaches who are seeking a course that is professionally accredited by the CDI (subject to approval).

The MSc Career Coaching with Professional Experience, is an extended full-time Masters programme with a substantive professional experience component. Within the professional experience modules, students have the option of undertaking an internship with a host organisation or, alternatively, campus-based professional experience. Internships are subject to a competitive application and selection process and the host organisation may include the University.

Internships may be paid or unpaid, and this will depend on what is being offered and agreed with the host organisation. Students who do not wish to undertake an internship or are not successful in securing an internship will undertake campus-based professional experience, which will deliver similar learning outcomes through supervised projects and activities designed to offer students the opportunity to integrate theory with an understanding of professional practice.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

The course has a number of innovatory features appealing to both home and international students. Firstly, its blended learning approach that takes advantage of the latest development in learning technologies can offer flexible routes for those wishing to combine work and study. Secondly, it will include international theories and models to ensure the course has global relevance. Thirdly, it can help prepare learners for working on a self-employed basis as well as operating as part of dynamic and changing organisations. In addition to providing learners the opportunity to develop employability skills and career prospects, the course should also develop sound and ethical practice in order to meet the demands of National Occupational Standards for Career Coaching (as featured in the ‘Talent Management’ career pathway established by the Career Development Institute).

The course is aimed at those wishing to develop or enhance their current career path, as well as those wishing to progress from an undergraduate degree, such as psychology, childhood and youth studies, social work, and social and healthcare management, into career coaching. The course content can be offered on a CPD basis to a range of professionals who are seeking to develop their talent management skills.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

The core theme are:
-Theories of Career Coaching and Development
-Models of Career Coaching Interventions
-Applied Social Research for Professional Practice
-Consultancy and Coaching for Change
-Professional Practice and Personal Development
-International Models of Career Coaching
-Researching Career Opportunities
-Global Professional Practice
-Professional Practice Dissertation
-Additional six month internship opportunity

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

-Providing opportunity to Enhance and develop skills of existing employees, such as supervisors and managers, to further their continuing professional development.
-Offering the potential for professional accreditation (subject to approval) by the CDI.
-Developing learners’ employability and entrepreneurialism to enable them to take advantage of self-employment opportunities.

WORK PLACEMENTS

Within the professional experience modules, students have the option of undertaking an internship with a host organisation or, alternatively, campus-based professional experience. Internships are subject to a competitive application and selection process and the host organisation may include the University. Internships may be paid or unpaid, and this will depend on what is being offered and agreed with the host organisation. Students who do not wish to undertake an internship or are not successful in securing an internship will undertake campus-based professional experience, which will deliver similar learning outcomes through supervised projects and activities designed to offer students the opportunity to integrate theory with an understanding of professional practice.

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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With the increasing demand for high quality career coaching services, and consequently career coaching courses in the UK, UEL is launching a new course, the Postgraduate Diploma in Career Coaching. Read more
With the increasing demand for high quality career coaching services, and consequently career coaching courses in the UK, UEL is launching a new course, the Postgraduate Diploma in Career Coaching. This career coaching course, the only one of its kind in the UK, will offer students the chance to develop practical skills supported by a strong theoretical basis that will equip them with the skills to provide an effective and credible career coaching service to clients.

The course has been developed with the employability of graduates at the forefront following the government’s announcement of an all-age guidance service to be implemented in April 2012.This course will give students the skills to competitively seek employment in their desired industry.

The Career Coaching course is offered with flexible study options, much of the teaching will be accessible online, with the distance learning elements supplemented by intensive “skills schools” aiming to give students first class practical skills and a strong network of peers. Teaching will be delivered by renowned academics from both coaching and career disciplines, and supported by practitioners with recent experience of career coaching themselves.

The course will allow students to develop:
Practical skills in career coaching interviews; a theoretical understanding of the prevalent coaching and career theories such as motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioural therapy; a great network of colleagues from all backgrounds; and a comprehensive career-specific resource pack.

For further details of the Career Coaching Diploma and how to apply please contact Julia Yates (email: ).

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In the most recent CIPD Learning and Development Survey in the UK, three quarters of organisations surveyed offer coaching and mentoring, with sixty-five percent expecting to see an increase in the use of coaching in the future. Read more
In the most recent CIPD Learning and Development Survey in the UK, three quarters of organisations surveyed offer coaching and mentoring, with sixty-five percent expecting to see an increase in the use of coaching in the future. The emergence of coaching both as an area of professional practice is widely recognised. Coaching is seen as a significant intervention to create a capable and resilient work force able to adapt to new challenges and thrive in today’s tough global economic climate. Coaching is seen as a key leadership skill.

On this part-time MA in Coaching course you will integrate your prior work and life experiences with the theoretical concepts underpinning coaching practice. You will expand your knowledge and understanding of theories and then relate that understanding to the skills and approaches necessary to develop professionally as a coach. This will help you to research and inform your models and modes of coaching practice. To be an effective coach we believe it is important to attend to your personal and emotional development as a coach. With this in mind, we do not just to teach coaching skills or promote ‘one best model’ of coaching. We allow you to explore and expand your coaching repertoire, with structured reflective practice, tutor input, coaching practice as coach and coachee and coach-supervisor support. This enables you to apply your knowledge to a variety of working contexts.

This course offers three distinct awards: Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and Masters Awards; you can exit the course at any stage and continue your studies at a later date.

Learn From The Best

The course is delivered by a team of experienced practising coaches, who are engaged in research into coaching and who have a passion for coaching as a developmental approach. The course, in addition to being an academic qualification is a practical course; preparing you for professional coaching practice and through compilation of a portfolio; individual accreditation with the Association for Coaching.

Teaching And Assessment

The learning approach will be student-centred; placing great emphasis on you reflecting upon your experiences of coaching in order to develop your understanding of your practice of coaching. The course will engage you in independent and guided study. Activities, to be completed between the workshops might include reading, research, gathering data about personal and organisational practices, reflecting on how practice relates to theory, preparing written assessment reports and collating appropriate evidence.

As part of the workshops, there will be tutor led discussions on coaching related theories, models and approaches, exploring the relevance of these in a range of contexts and the implications of use in practice. You will have an opportunity to share your experiences and practice both within the workshops and during peer coaching practice between the workshops. This enables you to experience being a coach, coachee and an observer to appreciate the roles of each within the coaching process to inform your practice. You will receive formative feedback from tutors and peers.

In addition you will be a member of a coaching learning set, where you will discuss and review your practice with student peers; enabling the sharing of best practice and gaining new insights into your practice as a coach. This shared learning process, supported by a coaching feedback framework will enable you to analyse and evaluate your approach. There will also be the opportunity to engage in coaching supervision, where a coaching supervisor will facilitate a discussion on your coaching practice, challenges and insights. This will support your learning and practice as a coach and your future professional development

You will be assessed in a variety of ways in line with the philosophy of developing you as a reflective coaching practitioner, operating within professional ethical guidelines. The aim of each assignment is to help you to learn and develop from your on-going practice and through engagement with the wider coaching community. Examples include: Reflective essays considering your developing coaching identity; assessed coaching practice; a strategic recommendation for implementing coaching in a case study organisation and a sample audio recording along with a reflective analysis of some your work with clients.

Learning Environment

Throughout the duration of your course you will have access to state-of-the-art facilities to support your learning experience. You will primarily be based in our purpose-built Business School, which boasts exceptional facilities such as classrooms, social spaces, Harvard-style lecture theatres, and hub areas.

Research-Rich Learning

Research-rich learning plays a major part in all of our teaching and this course offers the opportunity to study coaching to Masters level and engage in the latest coaching research. The teaching team are all engaged in coaching research.

Previous students have commended us on their learning experience and there is an opportunity to engage with our regional network of professional coaches.

Give Your Career An Edge

This course will support your professional development as a coach; allowing you to explore and expand your coaching repertoire. With coach-supervisor support, the course provides a platform for you to apply your knowledge and practice of coaching to a variety of working contexts.

The course also provides opportunities to explore potential business development and to expand your range of potential coaching client groups.

Your Future

This course will further enhance your knowledge and skills in coaching, providing you with an advanced qualification that will be highly regarded by employers, clients and a wide range of organisations.

On completion of this course you may choose to work on a freelance basis, or as part of a large organisation or small coaching practice. You may also wish to pursue a career as a people development specialist.

Upon graduation you may wish apply for professional accreditation with a range global professional coaching bodies to further enhance your skill set and employability in the UK and abroad.

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In the most recent CIPD Learning and Development Survey in the UK, three quarters of organisations surveyed offer coaching and mentoring, with sixty-five percent expecting to see an increase in the use of coaching in the future. Read more
In the most recent CIPD Learning and Development Survey in the UK, three quarters of organisations surveyed offer coaching and mentoring, with sixty-five percent expecting to see an increase in the use of coaching in the future.

The emergence of coaching both as an area of professional practice is widely recognised. Coaching is seen as a significant intervention to create a capable and resilient work force able to adapt to new challenges and thrive in today’s tough global economic climate. Coaching is seen as a key leadership skill.

On this part-time MA in Coaching course you will integrate your prior work and life experiences with the theoretical concepts underpinning coaching practice. You will expand your knowledge and understanding of theories and then relate that understanding to the skills and approaches necessary to develop professionally as a coach. This will help you to research and inform your models and modes of coaching practice. To be an effective coach we believe it is important to attend to your personal and emotional development as a coach. With this in mind, we do not just to teach coaching skills or promote ‘one best model’ of coaching. We allow you to explore and expand your coaching repertoire, with structured reflective practice, tutor input, coaching practice as coach and coachee and coach-supervisor support. This enables you to apply your knowledge to a variety of working contexts.

This course offers three distinct awards: Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and Masters Awards; you can exit the course at any stage and continue your studies at a later date.

Learn From The Best

The course is delivered by a team of experienced practising coaches, who are engaged in research into coaching and who have a passion for coaching as a developmental approach. The course, in addition to being an academic qualification is a practical course; preparing you for professional coaching practice and through compilation of a portfolio; individual accreditation with the Association for Coaching.

Teaching And Assessment

The learning approach will be student-centred; placing great emphasis on you reflecting upon your experiences of coaching in order to develop your understanding of your practice of coaching. The course will engage you in independent and guided study. Activities, to be completed between the workshops might include reading, research, gathering data about personal and organisational practices, reflecting on how practice relates to theory, preparing written assessment reports and collating appropriate evidence.

As part of the workshops, there will be tutor led discussions on coaching related theories, models and approaches, exploring the relevance of these in a range of contexts and the implications of use in practice. You will have an opportunity to share your experiences and practice both within the workshops and during peer coaching practice between the workshops. This enables you to experience being a coach, coachee and an observer to appreciate the roles of each within the coaching process to inform your practice. You will receive formative feedback from tutors and peers.

In addition you will be a member of a coaching learning set, where you will discuss and review your practice with student peers; enabling the sharing of best practice and gaining new insights into your practice as a coach. This shared learning process, supported by a coaching feedback framework will enable you to analyse and evaluate your approach. There will also be the opportunity to engage in coaching supervision, where a coaching supervisor will facilitate a discussion on your coaching practice, challenges and insights. This will support your learning and practice as a coach and your future professional development

You will be assessed in a variety of ways in line with the philosophy of developing you as a reflective coaching practitioner, operating within professional ethical guidelines. The aim of each assignment is to help you to learn and develop from your on-going practice and through engagement with the wider coaching community. Examples include: Reflective essays considering your developing coaching identity; assessed coaching practice; a strategic recommendation for implementing coaching in a case study organisation and a sample audio recording along with a reflective analysis of some your work with clients.

Learning Environment

Throughout the duration of your course you will have access to state-of-the-art facilities to support your learning experience. You will primarily be based in our purpose-built Business School, which boasts exceptional facilities such as classrooms, social spaces, Harvard-style lecture theatres, and hub areas.

Research-Rich Learning

Research-rich learning plays a major part in all of our teaching and this course offers the opportunity to study coaching to Masters level and engage in the latest coaching research. The teaching team are all engaged in coaching research.

Previous students have commended us on their learning experience and there is an opportunity to engage with our regional network of professional coaches.

Give Your Career An Edge

This course will support your professional development as a coach; allowing you to explore and expand your coaching repertoire. With coach-supervisor support, the course provides a platform for you to apply your knowledge and practice of coaching to a variety of working contexts.

The course also provides opportunities to explore potential business development and to expand your range of potential coaching client groups.

Your Future

This course will further enhance your knowledge and skills in coaching, providing you with an advanced qualification that will be highly regarded by employers, clients and a wide range of organisations.

On completion of this course you may choose to work on a freelance basis, or as part of a large organisation or small coaching practice. You may also wish to pursue a career as a people development specialist.

Upon graduation you may wish apply for professional accreditation with a range global professional coaching bodies to further enhance your skill set and employability in the UK and abroad.

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In the most recent CIPD Learning and Development Survey in the UK, three quarters of organisations surveyed offer coaching and mentoring, with sixty-five percent expecting to see an increase in the use of coaching in the future. Read more
In the most recent CIPD Learning and Development Survey in the UK, three quarters of organisations surveyed offer coaching and mentoring, with sixty-five percent expecting to see an increase in the use of coaching in the future. The emergence of coaching both as an area of professional practice is widely recognised. Coaching is seen as a significant intervention to create a capable and resilient work force able to adapt to new challenges and thrive in today’s tough global economic climate. Coaching is seen as a key leadership skill.

On this part-time MA in Coaching course you will integrate your prior work and life experiences with the theoretical concepts underpinning coaching practice. You will expand your knowledge and understanding of theories and then relate that understanding to the skills and approaches necessary to develop professionally as a coach. This will help you to research and inform your models and modes of coaching practice. To be an effective coach we believe it is important to attend to your personal and emotional development as a coach. With this in mind, we do not just to teach coaching skills or promote ‘one best model’ of coaching. We allow you to explore and expand your coaching repertoire, with structured reflective practice, tutor input, coaching practice as coach and coachee and coach-supervisor support. This enables you to apply your knowledge to a variety of working contexts.

This course offers three distinct awards: Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and Masters Awards; you can exit the course at any stage and continue your studies at a later date.

Learn From The Best

The course is delivered by a team of experienced practising coaches, who are engaged in research into coaching and who have a passion for coaching as a developmental approach. The course, in addition to being an academic qualification is a practical course; preparing you for professional coaching practice and through compilation of a portfolio; individual accreditation with the Association for Coaching.

Teaching And Assessment

The learning approach will be student-centred; placing great emphasis on you reflecting upon your experiences of coaching in order to develop your understanding of your practice of coaching. The course will engage you in independent and guided study. Activities, to be completed between the workshops might include reading, research, gathering data about personal and organisational practices, reflecting on how practice relates to theory, preparing written assessment reports and collating appropriate evidence.

As part of the workshops, there will be tutor led discussions on coaching related theories, models and approaches, exploring the relevance of these in a range of contexts and the implications of use in practice. You will have an opportunity to share your experiences and practice both within the workshops and during peer coaching practice between the workshops. This enables you to experience being a coach, coachee and an observer to appreciate the roles of each within the coaching process to inform your practice. You will receive formative feedback from tutors and peers.

In addition you will be a member of a coaching learning set, where you will discuss and review your practice with student peers; enabling the sharing of best practice and gaining new insights into your practice as a coach. This shared learning process, supported by a coaching feedback framework will enable you to analyse and evaluate your approach. There will also be the opportunity to engage in coaching supervision, where a coaching supervisor will facilitate a discussion on your coaching practice, challenges and insights. This will support your learning and practice as a coach and your future professional development.

You will be assessed in a variety of ways in line with the philosophy of developing you as a reflective coaching practitioner, operating within professional ethical guidelines. The aim of each assignment is to help you to learn and develop from your on-going practice and through engagement with the wider coaching community. Examples include: Reflective essays considering your developing coaching identity; assessed coaching practice; a strategic recommendation for implementing coaching in a case study organisation and a sample audio recording along with a reflective analysis of some your work with clients.

Learning Environment

Throughout the duration of your course you will have access to state-of-the-art facilities to support your learning experience. You will primarily be based in our purpose-built Business School, which boasts exceptional facilities such as classrooms, social spaces, Harvard-style lecture theatres, and hub areas.

Research-Rich Learning

Research-rich learning plays a major part in all of our teaching and this course offers the opportunity to study coaching to Masters level and engage in the latest coaching research. The teaching team are all engaged in coaching research.

Previous students have commended us on their learning experience and there is an opportunity to engage with our regional network of professional coaches.

Give Your Career An Edge

This course will support your professional development as a coach; allowing you to explore and expand your coaching repertoire. With coach-supervisor support, the course provides a platform for you to apply your knowledge and practice of coaching to a variety of working contexts.

The course also provides opportunities to explore potential business development and to expand your range of potential coaching client groups.

Your Future

This course will further enhance your knowledge and skills in coaching, providing you with an advanced qualification that will be highly regarded by employers, clients and a wide range of organisations.

On completion of this course you may choose to work on a freelance basis, or as part of a large organisation or small coaching practice. You may also wish to pursue a career as a people development specialist.

Upon graduation you may wish apply for professional accreditation with a range global professional coaching bodies to further enhance your skill set and employability in the UK and abroad.

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This course leads to professional qualification through the Qualification in Career Development (QCD), which is awarded by the Career Development Institute (CDI). Read more

Why choose this course:

• This course leads to professional qualification through the Qualification in Career Development (QCD), which is awarded by the Career Development Institute (CDI).

• This broad-based programme is rooted in practice and integrates various approaches to providing career support (including career guidance, career coaching and career education)

• You’ll explore the language of ‘career education and coaching’ which aligns the course with contemporary thinking about the skills base of the profession.

• You will undertake work placements to gain valuable real world experience

• You’ll be taught by staff from the International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS), a world leading centre for the study of career development. This provides you with a unique opportunity to engage with and learn from recognised thought leaders and influencers in the field.

About the course:

This flexible course will suit individuals working or wishing to work in a variety of settings within the sector, including education, the community and the workplace. You will explore the theories, policies and practices of career education, guidance and coaching, and the framework for professional practice. There is an emphasis on technology and the use of technology to support the delivery of career development interventions.

You will have the opportunity to explore practice in a range of career development contexts including:

• the development of working relationships with clients
• partnership working
• the development and provision of career, labour market information, technology and social media to support career development

You will also have the chance to develop the necessary research skills to operate within a research context, before undertaking a work-based research project.

You will be taught by members of iCeGS, who are experts in the area of career guidance. You will also have access to the iCeGS library and archive of career literature and research, as well as extra-curricular activities such as the iCeGS annual lecture, research seminars and workshops.

Throughout the course you will gather the necessary evidence for your QCD portfolio with support from our teaching team.

To gain your QCD, you are required to undertake 20 days of work-based placements. You may already be based in a suitable workplace, but if you wish to explore a different setting or don’t currently have access to one, we will support you to find a suitable work placement. Our teaching team have extensive networks of career development providers, so you may have access to placements in settings such as schools, colleges, universities, research centres, and large organisations who employ career development practitioners in a range of roles, including human resources and talent management.

You will also be required to undertake an additional 10 days of related work-based learning, which includes activities such as careers fairs and visits to employers.

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This Master's degree in career management and coaching offers a unique combination of in-depth study of career management, counselling and coaching with practical training in career coaching skills, including a placement with the Birkbeck Careers and Employability Service, the development of research skills and the academic study of behaviour at work. Read more
This Master's degree in career management and coaching offers a unique combination of in-depth study of career management, counselling and coaching with practical training in career coaching skills, including a placement with the Birkbeck Careers and Employability Service, the development of research skills and the academic study of behaviour at work. The programme aims to equip coaches, consultants and HR professionals to work with groups and individuals at relational depth in organisations in the role of career coach, coach or consultant. It will enable you to critically evaluate theory, research and practice in these fields.

This is one of the few programmes in the UK to focus on adult career management and coaching. It attracts individuals working in a wide range of settings and organisational contexts, and provides excellent opportunities for peer learning and networking.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

Suitable for those wanting careers in adult career counselling and other career-based roles, such as mentoring or coaching.
Unique combination of theoretical rigour and practical skills training.
The Department of Organizational Psychology is renowned for its quality teaching and expertise in the delivery of part-time programmes.
A flexible programme available by evening study or network learning. Both modes of study include 14 skills days.
Access to an extensive range of electronic resources, including specially prepared texts for each module. Use of the online learning environment with a high level of staff support.

Our research

Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

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If you wish to develop your skills, knowledge and understanding in the rapidly developing field of coaching without giving up employment, then this course is ideal. Read more

Why take this course?

If you wish to develop your skills, knowledge and understanding in the rapidly developing field of coaching without giving up employment, then this course is ideal.

This course consists of three separate stages, the Postgraduate Certificate, the Postgraduate Diploma and the Master’s, each taking a year to complete. You can enter the programme at any stage relevant to your qualifications and experience. Completion of each stage enables you to continue to the next, with or without a break between each stage, but there is no obligation to do so. These part-time, work-based courses allow you to fit in studying easily around work and other commitments.

This programme is aimed at leaders, managers and training professionals who want to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in this rapidly developing field. Students may be seeking to use a coaching approach in a line management role, looking to build a coaching culture within their organisation to enhance performance or even embark on a second career as a professional freelance coach. This course is provided by the University of Portsmouth in conjunction with The Performance Coach, a well-respected company which provides coaching, training and consultancy services.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Participate in live web-based chat forums to discuss your work with TPC trainers and other students
Make an effective contribution to your workplace, as well as improve your career prospects
Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, which can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection

What opportunities might it lead to?

Previous students have gone on to set up their own coaching companies and coaching training organisations. Here are some other routes our graduates have pursued:

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

Business development
Consultancy work
Mentoring
Education
Training
Health sector

Module Details

Teaching is delivered through five workshops over ten days covering a range of specific coaching topics, including 30 hours of coaching practise.

Here are the topics you will study:

Foundation coaching skills:

Develop core coach competencies
Understand the key skills and models for coaching and be able to apply these in a coaching relationship
Define coaching and understand the range of coaching styles
Understand the boundaries for a coaching relationship and how to contract effectively
Explore the importance of supervision within coaching
Learn to self-reflect and appraise coaching capabilities to identify areas for personal development in coaching, and plan for new learning

Creating insights:

Exploring your vision and identity as a coach; understanding your signature strengths and areas of focus
Becoming more self aware and emotionally intelligent as a coach
Learning to self-evaluate performance and ways of being as a coach
Helping clients develop emotional intelligence and personal insight
Exploring a number of different concepts and tools which generate personal insights in others and enable personal change

Applied positive psychology in coaching:

Understand different tools, concepts and approaches from Positive Psychology and how these can be used to impact learning and performance
Helping a system and clients to become more resilient and have more of a strengths-based focus
Working with purpose and meaning
Using transpersonal tools and techniques to create deep awareness and personal change

Coaching leaders:

Understand key leadership models and frameworks
Explore models, tools and concepts for effective leadership development
Experience practical tools and techniques which are congruent with developing leaders
Enabling leaders to create a vision for their leadership, to think strategically, to problem-solve
Coaching leaders in transition
Assess participants' current level of coaching competence

Programme Assessment

The course takes a work-based learning approach which allows you to apply this knowledge and theory to your workplace. This approach means you produce current and applied work-based assignments for assessment.

This programme is assessed, quality assured and awarded by the University of Portsmouth whilst TPC's world-class trainers and facilitators deliver course content and work with you to develop your knowledge and understanding of coaching.

Assessment is also orientated around the workplace in the form of two 4,000-word work-based learning projects.

Progression: This programme offers a work-based Master's qualification using the integrated flexible Master's framework leading to the award of MSc.

Student Destinations

This course is ideal if you are seeking to use a coaching approach in a line management role, looking to build a coaching culture within your organisation to enhance performance or even embark on a second career as a professional freelance coach. Previous graduates have also gone on to set up their own coaching companies and coach training organisations.

Whether you are an internal or external coach, this postgraduate programme will help you make an incredible difference to your clients.

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The MSc in Sports Coaching and Performance has been designed for those working within sport and the coaching industry, or have studied at undergraduate level and gained coaching experience. Read more
The MSc in Sports Coaching and Performance has been designed for those working within sport and the coaching industry, or have studied at undergraduate level and gained coaching experience. This postgraduate degree will provide you with an advanced knowledge base that will give you the best possible opportunity for pursuing your career goals within sport and the coaching industry.

The flexible modular structured course offers an insight into how psychology, physiology, strength and conditioning, and movement analysis impact on performance. This MSc Sports Coaching and Performance degree will give you an interactive approach to performance coaching so you can apply theory to your practice. The integration of theory and practice will enhance and develop your ability to reflect on current coaching practice, plan appropriate training programmes and critically analyse existing approaches to performance coaching. You will also develop comprehensive knowledge of the key issues that support the high performance sports coaching environment.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1805-msc-sports-coaching-and-performance

What you will study

Core Modules:
- Research Project
This project aims to enable students to demonstrate the skills necessary to produce a scholarly, in-depth, empirical research study, resource, or report.

- Research Methods
This module will develop your ability to design and statistically analyse experimental, quasi-experimental and non-experimental quantitative studies. It will allow you to appreciate the strengths and limitations of the different quantitative and qualitative research designs used in coaching and sport, health and exercise science; and synthesize knowledge and competencies gained during taught modules to produce a scholarly, in-depth critical review and proposal for a research study.

- Effective Coaching
You will develop an advanced understanding of critical self-reflective skills through the use of video analysis, which includes identifying key coaching styles, behaviours and feedback techniques required in advanced coaching situations. In addition, you will develop an in depth understanding of the interdisciplinary approaches that contribute to the coaching process including your ability to recognise and develop current coaching practice and coaching philosophies.

- Professional Work Based Development
This modules provides an opportunity for students to observe and participate in work-based professional environments, including identifying a work problem for you to overcome, which will enhance your professional and vocational learning and inform your own everyday practice. As part of your studies you will critically reflect on your learning throughout the work placement. You will, together with the module team, identify an organisation or organisations that are relevant to your field of study and that will be able to provide 140 hours of work experience.

Option Modules (choose three):
- Developing Expertise in Sport
This module aims to enable you to develop a systematic knowledge and critical understanding of how coaches develop and maintain expertise in sport and the ability to critically appraise coaching practice in the context of current approaches to skill development

- High Performance Environment
This module focuses on developing a multi-disciplinary perspective of factors that act upon the elite athlete and how these contribute to the development of elite performance. You will analyse how the coach, psychologist, conditioning coach, medical staff and nutritionist assist and complement each other in producing a high performance environment. The management of the performance environment will be discussed and the many issues that underpin successful implementation of elite sport science support will also be analysed.

- Strength and Conditioning
At the end of this module you will have developed your knowledge and critical understanding of concepts and theories regarding strength and conditioning. You will also have developed the ability to implement effective strength and conditioning programmes into a range of performance environments. The above have been closely linked to the professional standards required for accreditation by both the NSCA and the UKSCA.

- Movement Analysis
This module aims to develop your awareness of the analysis of sports performance, with particular emphasis on technique analysis and notation analysis. The use of systematic observation techniques in the analysis of sports performance will also be considered.

Learning and teaching methods

Teaching methods include lectures, video analysis, seminars and workshops, some of which will be student-led. Lectures will be held predominately held on a Monday between 2pm-8pm and /or a Tuesday depending on your module choice. A draft timetable can be requested from the course leader Melanie Tuckwell

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

The UK Vision for Coaching has clearly identified the need to develop Talent Coaches, Performance Coaches and High Performance Coaches. This course will provide opportunities for individuals to develop in these roles within their National Governing Body or sport.

Our MSc Sports Coaching and Performance degree is designed to reflect current developments and ensure that students have the required skills to access a range of employment opportunities within sports coaching and performance. Graduates will possess the key skills, knowledge and competencies that can be used in a wide range of careers, for example:

• Coach Education Personnel
• Sport Coaching Science Personnel
• Elite Sports Coach
• High Performance Coach
• Community Sports Coach
• Physical Education Teacher
• Strength and Conditioning Coach
• National Governing Body Officer
• Self-employed Coaching Consultant
• Researcher
• Performance Analyst
• Sport and Exercise scientist

Assessment methods

Assessment activities include writing essays, producing oral and poster presentations and studying case studies and examinations.

Facilities

As part of your studies you will use our USW Sport Park facilities and state-of-the-art sport science laboratories on our Glyntaff campus.

Work and Study Placements

The MSc Sports Coaching and Performance degree has a bespoke module, Professional Work Based Development, which all students will undertake. Our course team establish opportunities for students across a spectrum of coaching, allowing them to experience vital skills in the potential career they wish to progress.

Current work placements include: Cardiff City Football Club; Cardiff Blues Rugby Football Club; Football Association of Wales; Welsh Rugby Union; Swansea City Football Club; Welsh Netball; Newport Gwent Dragons; Sports Wales; Golf Union of Wales; Welsh Hockey and many local authority Sports Development units and National Governing Bodies of Sport.

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This MA meets international and national quality benchmarks and is suitable for you if you have either a personal or professional interest in career development/coaching. Read more
This MA meets international and national quality benchmarks and is suitable for you if you have either a personal or professional interest in career development/coaching. We offer the MA full-time, or you can choose to complete the programme part-time at different levels.

You’ll be encouraged to directly connect your learning to your personal and continuing professional development. Each module on the course is taught through a mix of workshopbased (usually two days) and distance learning. You can choose from two to six workshops a year, depending on your preferred study route.

While our academic admissions criteria ask for a 2:ii undergraduate degree, we would welcome and encourage you to apply if you have alternative qualifications or experience. The skills you develop on the course will support current or future employment in career coaching and talent management, among other vocational roles.

Areas of Study

There are two pathways available for both full and part-time students within the MA in Career Development and Coaching Studies: Route A and Route B. It is not necessary to finalise preferred route at the time of application as this can be confirmed later.

Route A
Route A consists of 6 x 20 credit modules and a 60 credit Dissertation module (15,000 words). It provides a full training for working as a career development professional.

Route B
Route B consists of 3 x 20 credit modules, a 100 credit Dissertation module (25,000 words) and 1 x 20 credit module from the list of Route B options below. It is designed for individuals with some experience of career development support or those wishing to pursue independent research in the field of career development and coaching studies.

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If you wish to develop your skills, knowledge and understanding in the rapidly developing field of coaching without giving up employment, then this is the ideal course for you. Read more

Why take this course?

If you wish to develop your skills, knowledge and understanding in the rapidly developing field of coaching without giving up employment, then this is the ideal course for you.

This course consists of three separate stages, the Postgraduate Certificate, the Postgraduate Diploma and the Master’s, each taking a year to complete. You can enter the programme at any stage relevant to your qualifications and experience. Completion of each stage enables you to continue to the next, with or without a break between each stage, but there is no obligation to do so. These part-time, work-based courses allow you to fit in studying easily around work and other commitments.

This programme is aimed at leaders, managers and training professionals who want to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in this rapidly developing field. Students may be seeking to use a coaching approach in a line management role, looking to build a coaching culture within their organisation to enhance performance or even embark on a second career as a professional freelance coach. This course is provided by the University of Portsmouth in conjunction with The Performance Coach, a well-respected company which provides coaching, training and consultancy services.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Participate in live web-based chat forums to discuss your work with TPC trainers and other students
Make an effective contribution to your workplace, as well as improve your career prospects
Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, which can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection

What opportunities might it lead to?

Previous students have gone on to set up their own coaching companies and coaching training organisations. Here are some other routes our graduates have pursued:

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

Business development
Consultancy work
Mentoring
Education
Training
Health sector

Module Details

Teaching is delivered through five workshops over ten days covering a range of specific coaching topics, including 30 hours of coaching practise.

Here are the topics you will study:

Transformational coaching:

Creating a deep awareness of values, beliefs and identity with clients
Introduce a range of tools and techniques for working with coachees at deeper levels to unlock barriers and help them reach their potential
Creating internal transformation to enable outstanding high performance
Enable coach to get into high performance state to serve coaches

Coaching within organisations:

Understand the impact the organisation has on the coach, the coachee and the context
Learn how a coach can create the most effective way to partner an organisation to create a way of working that delivers outstanding results
Develop a systems view
Explore further the importance of diversity within the workplace and the contribution made by coaching
Helping the coach understand organisations better

Coaching teams and groups:

Learn how a team coach can enhance the performance of teams and groups
Appreciate the complexities in coaching teams and groups
Explore approaches in team development and team performance and the relationship between them
Develop core team coaching skills and approaches
Learn techniques to influence group dynamics

Coaching mastery:

Assess participants' current level of coaching capability
Reflect on development throughout the programme, identifying key strengths and future focus for practitioner development including supervision
Be fully aware of their own process when coaching, and the complexity of intra-personal and interpersonal dynamics
Use a variety of advanced methods and techniques to address business and performance issues
Skillfully apply their knowledge and skills of the personal and transpersonal dimensions of human experience to coaching in an assessed coaching session

Programme Assessment

The course takes a work-based learning approach which allows you to apply this knowledge and theory to your workplace. This approach means you produce current and applied work-based assignments for assessment.

This programme is assessed, quality assured and awarded by the University of Portsmouth whilst TPC's world-class trainers and facilitators deliver course content and work with you to develop your knowledge and understanding of coaching

Assessment is orientated around the workplace in the form of two 4,000-word work-based learning projects.

Progression: This programme offers a work-based Master's qualification using the integrated flexible Master's framework leading to the award of MSc.

Student Destinations

This course is ideal if you are seeking to use a coaching approach in a line management role, looking to build a coaching culture within your organisation to enhance performance or even embark on a second career as a professional freelance coach. Previous graduates have also gone on to set up their own coaching companies and coach training organisations.

Whether you are an internal or external coach, this postgraduate programme will help you make an incredible difference to your clients.

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This programme is a unique development in the field of golf coaching in seeks to develop you into a high quality coach through learning in a research led environment. Read more

This programme is a unique development in the field of golf coaching in seeks to develop you into a high quality coach through learning in a research led environment.

Taking the programme will develop your skills and understanding of new developments and theory in coaching and its allied areas and to integrate this knowledge into your own personal practice.

Course details

This programme is a unique development in the field of golf coaching in seeks to develop you into a high quality coach through learning in a research led environment. Taking the programme will develop your skills and understanding of new developments and theory in coaching and its allied areas and to integrate this knowledge into your own personal practice. 

Breakdown of course

The programme consists of 3 taught modules that are taken part-time over one year. The modules are briefly outlined below.

For the academic year 2017-18 as follows:

Welcome

Monday 18 September

Research Methods and Skills in Sport Coaching 

The module will examine different research traditions and provide students with an opportunity to critique existing empirical material. Students will explore key theoretical issues such as interview techniques; designing of quantitative questionnaires; data analysis (both quantitative and qualitative) and the development and completion of ethics forms. Students will also examine the process of data collection; management; interpretation; analysis and presentation through the use of case studies.

  • Monday 18 September
  • Tuesday 19 September
  • Tuesday 12 December - examination

Advanced Coaching Theory 

In this module students will examine the principles of the reflective practice in coaching and how reflection can take on different forms. Students will be required to reflect upon their own coaching practice and this process will be used to critique the role of pedagogy in coaching practice. The module will introduce students to the holistic nature of coaching. Students will also explore the notion of expertise in coaching and how expertise in developed in both coaching and other domains.

  • Monday 26 March 2018
  • Tuesday 27 March 2018 

Integrated Coaching 

This module introduces students to the concept of player and participant development from a multi-disciplinary standpoint (a bio-psycho-social approach). It analyses and evaluates the role of sports science within coaching and will critique existing models of player development. Students will be expected to critique the current theory and consider their own personal practice in this regard. 

Students will engage with the multi-disciplinary nature of coaching and performance and will use player to data to produce an applied development strategy using case studies designed to develop an understanding of the difficulties involved in player development.

  • Tuesday 12 December
  • Wednesday 13 December

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2018. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules after that date; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Learning and Teaching

On this distance learning programme you will learn through an innovative blended delivery using both high quality online resources complemented with face to face discussion time with academics and leaders in the programme fields. You will be encouraged to develop your use of theory in practice, and to reflect upon your own personal coaching philosophy and development in light of new knowledge.

Information for PGA Professionals

The PGA, on behalf of the sport of golf, leads on the development of coach education and training. A full review of the existing coach education structure, following guidance from the quality standards of the UK Coaching Certificate, has lead to the establishment of a new, coach-centred education system that meets the needs of coaches and, ultimately, players. 

This exciting and innovative pathway begins with the Level 1 and 2 coaching qualifications; progresses through the Foundation Degree in Professional Golf or the Applied Golf Management Studies Degree towards the PGA Level 3 qualification (incorporating the Advanced Certificate in Golf Coaching); leading through the Post Graduate Diploma in Coaching to the Level 4 qualification; with the potential to culminate in a full Masters Degree in coaching following completion of a relevant thesis.

New Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Golf - pathway and content details

The Advanced Certificate in Golf Coaching provides the under-pinning knowledge for the new Level 3 qualification, available from September 2011. For full details of the new Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Golf, the pathway towards this qualification, how existing PGA Members can access the qualifications and information on how, and where, the new qualification will be delivered, see the PGA Member Education website, http://www.pganationaltrainingacademy.org.uk

Employability

Career opportunities

The distinctiveness and knowledge of the coaches graduating from the qualification will place them in the position to be a high performing coach in performance and participatory settings.  



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With placement opportunities available our MSc Career Guidance & Development qualifies you to work as a career guidance practitioner. Read more

With placement opportunities available our MSc Career Guidance & Development qualifies you to work as a career guidance practitioner.

As a practitioner you will provide accurate and relevant advice on employment, education and training opportunities to an ever-widening client group.

Our course focuses on professional practice, personal reflection and critical analysis of practice. It also allows you to undertake research and work evaluation as part of your ongoing professional development.

The Postgraduate Diploma can include completion of the Qualification in Career Guidance and Development (QCGD) which is professionally accredited by the Career Development Institute UK.

98% overall student satisfaction - Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2017

Course Details

The Certificate consists of three modules and the Diploma six. The core module is Reflective Guidance Practice. Additional modules include:

  • Models of Professional Practice
  • Career Coaching and Development 
  • Career Related Policy 
  • Career Development Theory 
  • Reflective Guidance Practice
  • Labour Market Studies

Postgraduate Diploma students learning on-campus undertake placements and practical experience, with opportunities to experience how career guidance practitioners operate in organisations and as training providers. If you are already working in the sector then you can study part-time or online.

You can take up to two years of further part-time study towards a Masters award.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching and learning methods on our Career Guidance and Development course include:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • One-to-one tutorials
  • Interview 
  • Group work practice
  • Work-based learning

The combination of theory, policy and practice means that you are able to put learning into practice as you study and reflect this in each of the summative assessment in each of your modules.

Practice-based learning opportunities means our course has a professional focus and enables you to engage in real world inquiry which is again reflected in the summative assessment in each module.



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The Cass Full-time MBA course is a challenging 12-month journey combining intensive learning and practical application that will sharpen your performance and give you the clarity to design the next decisive phase of your career. Read more

The Cass Full-time MBA course is a challenging 12-month journey combining intensive learning and practical application that will sharpen your performance and give you the clarity to design the next decisive phase of your career.

An engrossing mix of lectures, workshops, live projects and overseas ventures make for an exhilarating and hugely rewarding year. At the end of your MBA journey you will emerge more capable, confident and most importantly, sought after. The programme attracts exceptional students from across the world to take their education to the next level.

Located in the City of London with unparalleled links with international businesses, the Cass Business School Full-time MBA programme is one of the most highly respected and prestigious MBAs in the UK and Europe.

Full-time MBA Course outline

The MBA programme allows you to tailor your skills and learning around a Core General Management Programme. This will develop your core knowledge and skills in business and management giving you the base skill set to succeed for the remainder of the course.

The MBA has a large number of modules that will cover all areas of business and management.The links below act as a guide on how you will be spending your 12 months on the Cass Full-time MBA programme.

September - April

April - September 

Throughout the year

Tailor your MBA: Electives

It's your Full-time MBA programme and we give you every opportunity to tailor its content through a wide choice of electives, a personal and professional development programme and one-to-one career coaching so that your MBA course takes you where you want to go not just after your MBA, but over the lifetime of your career.

Elective modules cover the following areas:

  • Consulting and Strategy
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Finance
  • General Management
  • Marketing.

There are also several international modules available, including a UAE International Study Tour, China International Study Tour and Strategic Marketing in Action: Exploring Location Brands.

Learn more about the elective modules.

You will run two projects alongside the core and elective modules - one Strategy Project in the first half of the MBA programme, followed by a Business Mastery Project in the latter half. These challenging yet rewarding projects are integral to your MBA study.

Our London Full-time MBA course is fully accredited by:

Full-time MBA Careers

Dedicated to your success

At the Career and Professional Development Centre our aim is to offer training and guidance in employability skills enabling you to make the most of your MBA and increase your chances in the jobs market. We will guide you on how to prepare and implement your strategy to achieve your own career objectives, whether you are progressing in your current career or changing direction.

The support we offer can be tailored to your individual needs and career objectives through our comprehensive range of lectures, workshops, personal advice and online resources. Our self-assessment sessions will help evaluate your strengths, motivations and values, and enable you to relate these to your career strategy.

Career Impact

The Cass Business School MBA is ranked in the top 3 for career progression in the UK and our Class of 2015 reported significant career impact three months after completion:

  • 53% average increase in salary
  • 61% changed job function
  • 59% changed sector
  • 87% reported an increase in salary
  • 62% working within the UK

Not only will you gain invaluable business knowledge, key abilities and skills, but also have access to leading careers support and advice.

One-to-one support

From the start of term you will work with a member of the Careers Team who will be available to support you throughout your time at Cass. In particular, they will help you focus on your job search strategy as well as providing you with expert CV, interview and networking advice. Industry specialists and career coaches are also available to help build a clear picture of your career options.

Cass Careers Online

Cass Careers Online (CCO) is your personal career management tool. With everything from booking events to job vacancies, you'll find invaluable assistance to aid every step of your career search.

CCO enables you to:

  • View and book upcoming careers events and workshops
  • Apply for jobs, projects and work placements and keep track of your applications
  • View company profiles and information
  • Choose to allow employers to view your CV by having it featured in our MBA CV Book

All Executive part-time, modular or EMBAs, in London and Dubai benefit from a suite of online resources on Cass Careers Online. These include careers advice videos, practice psychometric tests and job and networking sites specifically for MBAs

Professional Development Workshops

Our wide range of workshops gives you the chance to develop invaluable skills in a highly-focused, professional environment. Forming the backbone of any serious careers strategy, learn the secrets of maximising CV impact, how to impress at interviews, effective job search techniques and networking skills.

MBA Professional Development Week

Experiential learning is the process of making meaning from direct experience, and this week is dedicated to active experimentation and reflective observation.

The main event is held off campus and takes students away from a typical working or study environment. Over the course of this three day programme you will participate in a range of practical activities and challenging ‘learning metaphors’ which are used as a starting point to discuss skill traits, individual development themes and to receive feedback from trained facilitators and cohort peers.

This event provides the opportunity to explore leadership styles, the ability to create followership, examine examples of effective communication in challenging team contexts and to develop deeper insight regarding mental toughness and resilience.



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This course will build on your practical coaching and mentoring skills, introduce related theory from associated fields and encourage you to analyse and reflect on theory and practice. Read more

This course will build on your practical coaching and mentoring skills, introduce related theory from associated fields and encourage you to analyse and reflect on theory and practice.

It is aimed at coaching and mentoring practitioners and those who have used coaching and mentoring skills as managers/leaders.

Studying the coaching and mentoring course will give you the knowledge and skills to become an effective professional coach and mentor. You will learn the underpinning theory of the key tools, techniques and models which are available will be encouraged to consider what may work best for you and your organisation. Evidence-based discussions and plenty of opportunities to put theory into practice will allow you to enhance your professional practice.

Why Wolverhampton?

Coaching and mentoring is an increasingly popular discipline in the field of human resource development and is being recognised by many organisations as a more efficient and effective way of recognising and developing the potential of their employees.

The course seeks to strike an excellent balance between theory and practice and to show how they underpin and relate to each other.

On successful completion, this new PG Cert programme offers progression on to our Diploma or MA Coaching and Mentoring.

Previous students and external examiners have always given excellent feedback about the course content, the course delivery, the supportiveness of all tutors and the high quality blended learning support.

For example, previous students have mentioned the "excellent blend of teaching methods and delivery" and that "the Action Learning Sets work extremely well." External examiners consistently state that "there are a good mix of assessments and that the practical assessments are very appropriate for coaching and mentoring practitioners."

If you are coaching or mentoring at a management and/or senior, strategic, Executive level you are able to take the ILM (level 5) in Coaching and Mentoring and/or the ILM (level 7) in Executive Coaching and Mentoring at the same time as your Postgraduate Certificate/first year of the Masters in Coaching and Mentoring. (Students wishing to pursue either of these additional awards need to ensure they can gather the relevant experience and are required to pay a small administration fee).

Career path

Graduates of this course will be able to operate more effectively as a coach/mentor within their current role of manager, trainer, developer, organisational behaviour consultant or as a practitioner within the field of coaching and mentoring or a related profession. They can seek to develop their career further both within the coaching and mentoring field and/or within the management and leadership arena too.

Following successful completion of this postgraduate certificate, students can automatically progress onto the Diploma/MA in Coaching and Mentoring. If they wish, they can also apply for individual accreditation with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) at Practitioner level.

What skills will you gain?

At the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Critically reflect and evaluate your own professional coaching and mentoring practice
  • Identify and examine the diverse underpinning theories and differing perspectives in relation to coaching and mentoring
  • Synthesise and critically reflect upon theory from a range of sources and relate this to professional practice

Who accredits this course?

We have excellent partnerships with industry and strong links with professional bodies such as the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM).The University is an ILM approved centre.



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