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PGCert Coaching and Development

Course Description

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
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.

Visit the PGCert Coaching and Development page on the University of Portsmouth website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

An honours degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications in coaching or other related field.English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

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