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Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching & Mentoring

Explore the principles of coaching and mentoring and apply them to a diverse range of professional settings.

Delivered on Saturdays (seven or eight sessions)

Entry requirements

An honours degree at 2:2 or above.

Engaged in paid or voluntary work (full or part -ime) where coaching and/or mentoring could be undertaken.

English language level of IELTS 6.5 for international students.

Non-standard applications are welcome and careful consideration will be given to applicant’s career history, experience and other learning.

UCAS code Apply direct to Marjon

Duration 12 months (in 2x6 month blocks)

How to apply for this course

Course Summary

This hugely popular course is a versatile and enriching environment for a diverse range of professionals. To name a few, we’ve welcomed people from youth and community work, business, leadership and management, the armed forces and early years education backgrounds. There are few roles in which this expertise can’t be put to good use.

Because of the diversity of students’ backgrounds, the course naturally allows participants to explore the principles of coaching and mentoring within a variety of settings, as well as applying new skills to their own role. The course’s general environment is dynamic and interactive, and students are encouraged throughout to share and explore ideas.

Following the programme, students might find themselves taking up mentoring roles with new colleagues, acting as subject mentors in initial teacher education, coaching colleagues in a range of settings, providing supervision for colleagues or even working freelance as an independent coach.

Why this course at Marjon?

Marjon is the only university in the South West offering this qualification.

Tutors are themselves experienced coaches and mentors operating in a range of settings.

This course is designed to meet the needs of professionals that wish to undertake a qualification whilst working.

Group size is restricted to ensure that participants have the most rewarding experience.

This course is perfect if you're curious about

What is the difference between coaching and mentoring?

Is there a ‘best way’ to approach coaching and mentoring?

What skills do I need to develop to be more effective as a coach or mentor?

How can leaders use coaching and mentoring with their teams?

Which models of coaching and mentoring best suit my own professional context?

What might you become?

The skills and knowledge gained through undertaking this programme are transferable and relevant to anyone who is engaged in working with others in a developmental capacity. Whether you are looking to strengthen your leadership and management tool kit with a view to future promotion, wanting to progress in your existing role as a coach or mentor, or considering moving into the field of independent coaching, a post graduate (level 7) qualification will strengthen your CV.


Richard Sutherland

"This course has given me a solid foundation to be effective in diverse roles. The most enjoyable thing about the course is the versatility of the knowledge and skills that you develop which can be applied to a wide range of activities of daily living. This course is suitable for anybody looking to broaden their horizons to get the best out of not only themselves but others. The course has helped me develop both personally and professionally."

is a clinician, senior military officer, entrepreneur and lecturer.

Ian Smith

“I took this course to consolidate and refresh my existing experience and skill set and extend these into coaching and mentoring practice, aiming at improving my existing practice and equipping me to expand into new areas of practice. I am now working with my first coachee and I am also engaged in a professional development and quality assurance role in an exciting and innovative coaching initiative for young people. Both arose as a direct result of my completing the course”

now works on a Coaching Initiative with Young People.

Clare Shaw

“The course was very well structured and I felt supported by the excellent tutors throughout. The sessions were interesting and engaging and gave me an opportunity to develop my understanding and skills in coaching and mentoring. I have been able to put those skills into action in my current role and the research project I undertook opened my eyes to the current practice in this area. I missed it when it was over and I would recommend it to anyone interested in coaching and mentoring.”

now works as a University lecturer.

Modules for this course


1st Year

Advanced Coaching & Mentoring
The first module focuses on aligning coaching and mentoring practice and theory, with an emphasis on increasing understanding and knowledge of coaching and mentoring, the associated skills and the development and application of those skills by individual participants.
Coaching & Mentoring in Practice
The second module extends the understanding and knowledge gained during the first module. Whilst participants will have further practice opportunities during this module, it predominantly allows them to personalise and contextualise their understanding and knowledge. This is done through undertaking a small scale research project on an appropriate topic of their choice, enabling participants to apply their generic understanding to their own practice and/or working environment.

Fees and funding

Fees UK students: £2167

Teaching and assessment

Course leader

Alison Keyworth

Alison has experience of strategic and operational leadership and management within the secondary and HE sectors and is instrumental in the training and quality assuring of in-school coaches/mentors.

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Shaen Milward

Visiting lecturer (Education)

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Shaen, himself a former student at Plymouth Marjon University, has research interests in coaching and mentoring, specifically the link bewteen classroom learning and applied clinical practice and the role of coaching in preparing final year students for professional practice.

More information

For those who wish to continue studying and progress to a full Master’s degree, this course can also lead on the a part-time MA Education - Coaching Mentoring and Leadership.

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