You will expand your knowledge and understanding of theories and then relate that understanding to the skills and approaches necessary to develop professionally as a coach or mentor. This will help you to research and informs your models and modes of practice. With a unique blend of tutor input and individual coach-supervisor support, you will apply your knowledge to a variety of working contexts.
This Coaching and Mentoring Practice course at Oxford Brookes University is aimed at internal or external coaches, consultants, mentor co-ordinators, coaching psychologists, counsellors, managers, human resources development or leadership professionals from the voluntary, public and private sectors. It is not always necessary to have a degree, as long as you have an appropriate level of experience.
Why choose this course?
This practice-based course has several unique elements, each designed to enhance your learning experience:
Approximately 50% of the programme is delivered online, allowing you to fit your studies around other commitments. The course is also available in Hong Kong at the HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education. For further details please visit their website
This part-time programme comprises seven modules of study amounting to 180 level-7 credits. Its modular structure will allow you to design a programme of work according to your particular area of interest.
Coaching and Mentoring Practice Fundamentals
This 20-credit module, for which you have your own professional coach-supervisor in addition to a course tutor, extends over five months. It provides vital experience of acting as a mentor/coach and of being professionally supervised in that role. It is an opportunity to apply coaching and mentoring methodologies, such as personal profiling and personal development planning, which are then translated into rigorous intellectual study through reflective practice and critical analysis. You may choose whether to focus specifically on mentoring, performance coaching, developmental or some other type of coaching. The practice module draws on the expertise of internationally recognised coaching and mentoring experts. The module also includes a 180 degree feedback system and systematic reflection on practice, giving you insight into areas for personal and organisational growth.
Alongside the practice module you undertake two core 20-credit modules:
Transformational Learning and Adult Development encourages critical thinking and increasing awareness of issues in adult learning and development which impact directly on coaching and mentoring
Psychotherapeutic Dimensions of Coaching and Mentoring focuses on the implications for coaching and mentoring of the three main areas of psychotherapy and counselling: psychodynamic, humanistic and cognitive behavioural. We explore the philosophy and theory of the different schools within these orientations, along with their different techniques and models. Boundaries and ethical issues will be considered and respected.
After successfully completing these three modules, students may leave the programme with the Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring (60 credits).
At Diploma stage, participants complete three further 20-credit modules:
Advanced Coaching and Mentoring Practice takes you into a more challenging level of professional practice. It includes in-depth workshops developing the practice of the reflective, evidence-based professional practitioner. You continue to develop your coaching and mentoring practice, and to receive one-to-one supervision over the three months of this module.
In addition, you select two 20-credit modules from the following:
Master's-level study culminates in a 60-credit Dissertation module. The dissertation involves a piece of investigative research and comprises one third of the work for the MA degree. The dissertation focuses on a research problem of particular interest to the participant and is often work-based.
You can apply until:
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You should normally have a first degree or equivalent professional experience.
If you have already gained a coaching or mentoring qualification at an appropriate level, you may be given exemption from the Practice Fundamentals module.
Please also see the university's general entry requirements.English language requirements
Sources of Funding for Postgraduate UK and EU students
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