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Professional course

ILM Level 7 Diploma in Executive Coaching and Mentoring

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Bristol Business School
Course director:
Janice MacInnes

Page last updated 19 September 2017


Bristol Business School's portfolio of short professional courses offers flexible learning solutions for you and your business. We have a range of courses in: Finance and Strategic Planning; Coaching and Mentoring; Human Resource Management and Personal Development; Project Management, and Marketing.

Our short courses are delivered by experienced academics and consultants, who apply their expertise and cutting-edge thinking with a practical focus.

Course introduction

Building on the ILM Level 7 Certificate in Executive Coaching and Mentoring, this course is designed to enable participants to critically review their own abilities to perform effectively as an executive coach and mentor and to develop their own authentic approach by developing their own working model. It focuses on developing you as a reflective practitioner, practising using a number of different reflection tools and techniques, and learning from feedback from clients, colleagues and supervisors. It also encourages critical reflection of the tools and techniques associated with planning, organising and contracting to deliver an extended programme of coaching and mentoring to both organisations and individuals.

It recognises the growth in the number of coaches and mentors within the workplace and provides a safe place for professionals to explore what differentiates their practice from others, how to develop strengths, experiment with new approaches and models and deepen their knowledge.

Who is it for?

Professional and experienced coaches, mentors, managers, leaders and other professionals, who wish to broaden their coaching and/ or mentoring skills, expand and deepen their knowledge, wish to differentiate themselves from others in the same occupational area and wish to continue to develop their professional competence.

Entry requirements

Individuals must have completed:

  • The ILM Level 7 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring
  • A minimum of 70 hours assessed coaching/mentoring (20 hours of this will have been completed through the ILM L7 Certificate, another 50 must be completed and marked through the Coaching CPD tutor sessions before registering for the qualification)
  • Submit details of coachees/ learner plan before being fully accepted onto programme




What does it cover?

The programme enables you to develop your own authentic approach and model of coaching and/ or mentoring, while analysing specific aspects of your practise to develop as a more proficient professional. We will examine: what it means to be a professional; the purpose of reflection;  what is supervision and why is it a requirement for an effective coach and/ or mentor; diversity and openness to different perspectives and norms; exploring different approaches; and critically evaluating  relevant literature and own practice.

What do I get out of it?

  • Continuing professional development
  • Enhanced knowledge and skills
  • A personal approach and model of coaching and mentoring
  • Evaluation and deep reflection on past coaching and mentoring experiences and an action plan for future development
  • An increased understanding of what differentiates them as a coach or mentor in the workplace
  • More effective coaching and or mentoring activities
  • Increased satisfaction  from both individual clients and their organisations
  • Developmental supervision on coaching/mentoring practice
  • Effective and ethical provision of coaching and/or mentoring within your organisation

Benefits to you

This course will enable you to:

  • Gain an understanding of the purpose, principles and impact of coaching and/or mentoring within organisations
  • Critically assess and reflect on your own ability to perform as an effective coach or mentor
  • Develop the skills and theoretical knowledge of coaching and/or mentoring methods, approaches, reflective practices and activity
  • Evaluate the contribution of coaching and/or mentoring to stakeholders

Benefits for employers

  • Coaching and/or mentoring are now viewed as key processes and effective leadership styles for organisations
  • Develop coaches who are able to use the feedback from a variety of sources to plan their own and others" professional development
  • Benchmark your organisation"s practice against an accepted framework
  • Ensure your coaches are properly equipped with the skills, knowledge and ethical understanding they need
  • Ensure that coaching and/or mentoring being delivered is of a regulated standard

How will I learn?

You will learn through critical reflection of your own practice, group learning sets, peer coaching and or mentoring sessions, independent research, and developmental supervision sessions.


ILM Assessment

Candidates must have achieved the ILM Level 7 Certificate in Executive Coaching and Mentoring before commencing study for the ILM Level 7 Diploma in Executive Coaching and Mentoring.  In addition to gaining the Certificate candidates for the ILM Level 7 Diploma must:

  • Undertake an extended period of supervised coaching and/or mentoring (minimum of 100 hours)
  • Provide a portfolio of evidence of your ability to:-
  • Critically review effective relationships; contract with, and seek feedback from, clients linking to CPD
  • Evaluate and critically review client development and support needs
  • Plan, prepare and review auditable records
  • Actively engage and document learning from supervision, peer coaching/mentoring and network

This course also offers participants the opportunity to complete UWE's Master"s level, 30 credit module in Professional Practice in Executive Coaching and Mentoring

To achieve this accreditation you will be required to complete the following:

Compile a portfolio which shows the participant has: planned, organised, undertaken and critically evaluate an extended period (125 hours) of executive coaching and /or mentoring; gathered and critically reflected on feedback from supervisors, peers, clients, colleagues and tutors in order to advance own knowledge and understanding and develop professional skills to a high level and plan  own continuing professional development as an executive coach and/or mentor.

An extended essay:critically reviewing own learning, development and capacities as a coach and/ or mentor alongside a critical evaluation of relevant literature resulting in a description of own approach, strengths and development needs

On successful completion of this assessment participants will receive an overall module mark. This module may then be used towards a selection of our Master's level programmes.

What commitment do I have to make?

We would recommend approximately 200 hours including workshops, peer supervision, peer coaching and/or mentoring and personal study time to complete the module and assessment. This is only a guideline and will depend highly on the participants learning abilities.

We encourage participants taking the assessment to manage their own reading and are happy to supply a list of recommend texts on request.


Professional accreditation

Institute of Leadership and Management

Study facilities

Our short courses are run at our dedicated Executive Development Centre, providing a professional environment for your training needs. Located at Frenchay Campus, with easy access to the M4 and M5 motorways and Bristol Parkway rail station, it has four fully equipped training rooms, a communications and reception area.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

£2,550 (includes ILM registration fees)

Please note the early bird discount is not available on this course.

All course prices include course materials, car parking, and refreshments.

Course dates

Due to the nature of this course, there are no formal teaching dates; however there will be monthly peer learning sets held on the first Tuesday of each month (09.00 - 11.00) which you are encouraged to attend. You will work with your personal tutor to decide on structure times and methods to meet.

There are no current start dates available.

How to apply

How to apply

For all enquiries, please complete our online enquiry form or contact us on the number below.

For further information

  • Email: Please contact us on the enquiry form above.
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 87408

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