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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.

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.


Visit the Coaching and Mentoring - PGCert page on the University of Wolverhampton website for more details!

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