Coaching and Mentoring Courses

At the Academy, we offer a range of Coaching and Mentoring training options both for individuals up to MA level and for organizational cohorts. You can start your coaching journey with us to develop a robust basis for your practice or if you already have ILM (or similar credentials) you can use these towards a range of qualifications to MA and finally Doctorate level.

Why work with us?

The Coaching and Mentoring Programme at the Academy has been developed to provide postgraduate level learning and practice in coaching and mentoring for those starting to develop coaching skills, further developing a coaching professional practice or those who wish to develop a specialisation in coaching and mentoring within their leadership or human resource tasks.

Coaching development is an area of speciality for the Academy with senior internationally recognised faculty such as Professor Stephen Palmer, Dr Peggy Marshall and Dr Annette Fillery-Travis. It is also home of a thriving research group of PhD and DProf Candidates and authors and hosts the WAPPAR Society for Coaching. This is a community of practice for coaching scholar-practitioners interested in building the body of knowledge for the profession through expert seminars and an annual conference. Members of the Society have contributed to the development of standards for the profession and the work of European Mentoring and Coaching Council, Worldwide Association of Business Coaches and the Global Coaching Convention. They are currently working at embedding coaching cultures within sectors as diverse as the third sector and education.

The Coaching and Mentoring Programme draws upon this experience so provides you with the assurance of quality in both provision and faculty. Specifically, WAPPAR uses the latest practice-based evidence and research into the application of coaching within organisations to meet the needs of senior managers and external/internal coaches within the commercial and public sectors. 

How we will work with you

Whether you are looking to commission a bespoke programme to match your organisational culture or you are an individual seeking to develop your practice we will work with you to identify what route is best for you and your clients. You can take any or all of the modules identified below or we will develop a programme specifically for your own needs.

Programme Structure

The first module of the programme includes a series of taught workshops where students have the opportunity to explore the theoretical basis for coaching and the approaches that can inform a coherent model of practice.

Whilst developing their knowledge of models of coaching practice students explore how professionals learn, the psychological underpinning of coaching and frames such as emotional and spiritual intelligence. Students will have the opportunity to develop their practice skills through coaching of peers progressing to develop their client base in-house with appropriate supervision. 

In the second module, students have the opportunity of exploring a range of coaching topics in depth with leading experts in a series of half-day seminars. The engagement with such thought leaders allows deepening of both skills and reflection upon practice. In the third module, you will extend your focus beyond the personal and explore the context of the coaching in terms of organizational change. In workshops, you will explore the basis of systemic change and the role of the individual as the enabler. 

Following on in the fourth and fifth module you will design and then undertakes a work-based project which will allow you to reflect upon your developing practice, and investigate an area of practice in greater depth. This project is designed by you to allow you to follow your passions and achieve the greatest impact for your learning. 

Fast Track Option

For experienced coaches, there is an opportunity to claim for credit for prior learning within the field. Examples of the type of learning that can be recognised are ILM level 7 qualifications and/or hours of practice in the field. This credit can then be used in place of taking some of the modules. If you think that you could be in the position to take advantage of this ‘fast track’ option for the Masters then do discuss it with faculty prior to making your application to join the programme. 

Learning Methods include:

  • Modules including 15 days of workshops with appropriate handbooks (including triad work and masterclasses)
  • Online learning platform
  • Action learning groups
  • Peer coaching work in module 1 moving to client work in modules 2 and 3 (under supervision)
  • Group supervision (possibility of sharing this with coaches within your own organisation as part of evaluation)

All of these would be sufficient in duration and quality to meet EMCC/WABC criteria for Master Practitioner Programmes.  

Assessment would include:

  • Reflective account of development of your practice and the principles that inform it.
  • Coaching research study and presentation.
  • Completion of coaching/supervision hours (EMCC/WABC standards and organisational requirements)

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