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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 at our Marjon University Cornwall campus in Truro.

MENTOR written in the middle of a blackboard and lots of related words around the edge

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Marjon University Cornwall

Delivered on Saturdays – 8 sessions over an academic year

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Entry requirements

An honours degree at 2:2 or above

Engaged in paid or voluntary work where coaching and/or mentoring could be undertaken

English language level of IELTS 6.5 for international students

Non-standard applications are welcome - careful consideration will be given to your career history, experience and other learning

UCAS code Apply to Marjon

UCAS institution code P63

Duration 12 months

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 qualification is designed to meet the needs of working professionals

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

Collaborating with participants from diverse backgrounds brings broad and dynamic learning

A stepping stone to further postgraduate studies

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.

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?

How does coaching and mentoring people differ from managing people?

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.

See where our graduates are now

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.

How you’ll be taught and assessed?

Tanya Ovenden-Hope

Professor Tanya Ovenden-Hope

Course leader

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Tanya is an experience senior education leader and researcher across all education sectors that is recognised by her Fellowship of the Chartered College of Teaching and Society of Education and Training, as well as Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. She has developed and led nationally funded provision that established coaching as core component for teacher development. She has senior leadership experience that includes social work and health and social care, in addition to teacher education.

Fees and funding

Fees UK students: £2167

This fee covers your tuition and access to course-specific equipment and facilities, as well associated services including access to the library, study skills support, IT support, student support and wellbeing services and membership of the Student Union. There may be additional costs by course.

Funding available for this course

Our Student Funding Advisors offer confidential and impartial advice about your funding options.

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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.

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