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At the Wales Academy for Professional Practice and Applied Research (WAPPAR), we offer a range of Coaching and Mentoring learning and development options for individuals up to Masters level and for organisational cohorts.


The Coaching and Mentoring Programme at the Academy has been developed to provide learning and practice in coaching and mentoring from levels 4 to7. The Coaching and Mentoring Programme draws upon the vast experience of our team, who have worked across all sectors, and so provides you with the assurance of quality in provision.

Who we work with

We work with you if you are starting to build coaching skills, further developing your professional practice in the field of coaching and mentoring. Or, if you are an experienced practitioner, you can develop your own learning pathway with the support of our lecturing team. We can also support your development should you wish to develop this specialism within your leadership or human resource role.

We also host are also a community of practice for coaching practitioners interested in building the body of knowledge through regular masterclasses and an annual coaching and mentoring conference.

What is available?

Whether you are looking to commission a bespoke programme to meet your organisational needs or you are an individual seeking to start or develop your practice, we will work with you to develop a route that is best for you. You can study from a range of modules, or we can develop a programme tailored specifically for your own needs.

Suggested Programme Structure if you are a novice coach or mentor

Initially, the programme includes a series of taught workshops where you will have the opportunity to explore the theoretical basis for coaching and mentoring, and the approaches that can inform a coherent model of practice. You will also have opportunities to develop your practical skills through peer to peer coaching and mentoring practice.

You will then extend your focus beyond the personal and explore the context of the coaching in terms of organisational change and you will discover the basis of systemic change and the role of the individual as the enabler.

Further studies can be undertaken whereby you develop your understanding of appropriate research methodologies that will support the final piece of academic work, your work-based project. This requires you to critically investigate an aspect of coaching or mentoring that resonates with you, and so it could be a gap in the market you have identified, a change you wish to implement in your organisation, or a new business venture you wish to research. At all stages you will be supported by your supervisor to help ensure your work is methodologically sound and who guides and supports you through your studies.

Fast Track Options

For experienced coaches, there is an opportunity to claim for credit for prior learning and the prospect of making an application to bring credits in to your qualification from prior and certificated learning achieved at level 7.

For example, the type of learning that can be recognised include:

  • The current ILM Diploma in Executive Coaching and Mentoring awards 40 credits, and you could apply to bring 40 credits into your qualification.
  • The current CMI Level 7 Diploma in Leadership Coaching and Mentoring carries 46 credits, of which 45 could be used against the programme.

If you think that you could be in the position to take advantage of this ‘fast track’ option for the Masters then please discuss it with the programme leader prior to making your application to join the programme.

The Coaching and Mentoring Society

All our coaching and mentoring students get a free annual membership to the UWTSD Coaching and Mentoring Society 

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