Short course
ILM Level 7 Certificate in Executive Coaching and Mentoring - Distance Learning Route

About this course

  • Course code: Z2DL00004
  • Award type: Short course
  • Level: Professional/Short Course
  • Department: Bristol Business School
  • Campus: N/A
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Delivery: Distance learning
  • Study Abroad: Yes
  • Course director: Janice Macinnes


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

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

This course is run in conjunction with the ILM. This partnership allows UWE customers to gain two qualifications from one course of study: academic postgraduate credits and an ILM qualification.

This course offers you the flexibility to study for your ILM qualification from any location, while providing a structured approach to your learning. The course is delivered over a seven month period, split into four 'modules':

  1. ILM Induction Session module
  2. Coaching and Mentoring distance learning module
  3. ILM Completion Session module

Each module is broken down into units, helping to structure your learning into manageable bite size sessions.

While the main aim of this course is for you to achieve the ILM Level 7 Certificate in Executive Coaching and Mentoring, you also have the option to complete the UWE assessments which sit alongside the coaching and mentoring distance learning module (please see the assessment section for more details). This flexibility means you can look to gain academic credit for your study alongside your ILM qualification, or choose to focus solely on your ILM study, the choice is yours!

Professional accreditation

Institute of Leadership and Management

Entry Requirements

As this course aims to provide a level 7 qualification which is equivalent to postgraduate level study, you will need:

  • an undergraduate qualification in Management, or higher.


  • an equivalent qualification.

For the ILM qualification, the Institute of Leadership and Management also recommends that participants will be at practising senior manager level.

Exceptional learners, who have no formal qualification in management or leadership, but who have several years' experience and have completed some formal training in the role, may also participate.

If you are unsure if you meet these requirements, please feel free to contact us where we can talk through your individual situation and suitability to the course in more detail.

Course content

Who is it for?

This route is popular with participants who wish to be introduced to a postgraduate level of analysis, critical reflection and evaluation of both theory and experience while studying for the ILM qualification. The course aims to equip practising senior leaders and managers or those working in a training and development role with the knowledge, skills and confidence to perform effectively as coaches and mentors as part of their normal leadership and management role.

Module one - ILM Induction

This module will be broken down into two units, outlining the ILM qualification; analysing the learning required for your ILM qualification and what you need to do to achieve this and looking at the differences between academic and ILM criterion marking in relation to your assessments.

Module two - Coaching and Mentoring

This module is broken down into 14 units. Through these units you will focus on coaching and mentoring and how they differ, the challenges of working as a coach/mentor and analyse a number of theoretical approaches as well as participate in coaching sessions. For further details about the units in this module please see our coaching and mentoring distance learning short course page

Module three - ILM Completion session

This module will be broken down in to four units to focus on completing each of your ILM assessments.

How will I learn?

Our distance learning route still offers the high level of support you receive with our face-to-face delivery.  You will start each unit by having the unit content, aims, objectives and method of delivery outlined, you will then be asked to work through these aims and objectives via various methods, which may included PowerPoint lecture presentations, with notes and comments from the tutor; contributing to online reflective discussion boards; watching video clips; participating in virtual classrooms; peer learning groups; Wiki activities and many more.

Alongside this you will have access to the University's online library, which holds a large number of online journals and a selection of e-books, among other resources such as our study skills section.

At the start of the course you will be given set dates when key group activities will take place, which you will need to participate in. Alongside this, you will often be given tasks to complete over a set period of time, to help you structure your learning.

What do I get out of it?

  • Be able to critically review approaches to coaching and mentoring and leadership in complex working environments
  • Debate strategies for personal learning and leadership
  • Show deep insight into effective leadership behaviours and demonstrate understanding of how they influence others.
  • Develop both your knowledge and skills in coaching and mentoring and raise your awareness of the organisational requirements for effective practice.
  • Make you aware of how coaching and mentoring needs to be introduced and delivered to deliver benefits to both individuals and the organisation.
  • Understand how adopting a coaching style as a manager can affect the behaviour and output of employees.

What is expected of me?

The demands of the approach are:

  • To source coaches/mentees at senior management level and complete 20 hours of coaching/mentoring for the UWE and/or ILM assessment
  • Studying and writing academic assignments and reflections to strict deadlines if you choose to take the UWE module accreditation alongside the ILM qualification.
  • To be available to participate in set group activities at the specific time set by the tutor.
  • Time commitment - This ILM course consists of a 15 credit postgraduate level module, as a guide, UWE recommends 150 hours study time per 15-credit postgraduate module (this includes class time, self study and assignment writing). You will also require some additional time to complete your ILM assignment from your learning you have achieved.
  • Having the self-discipline to structure your learning within the course timeframe.
  • You will be required to use our electronic BlackBoard system to access course materials and information. Please see the I.T requirements for more details.


ILM assessment

You will be required to submit a portfolio to meet the ILM assessment criteria, made up of the following:

  1. Research Project (4,000 - 5,000 words) on understanding the context of coaching and mentoring in a strategic business environment
  2. Undertake 20 hours of coaching or mentoring at  a senior strategic level* (3,000 - 4,000 words)
  3. Reflective review (2,000 words) on your own ability to perform effectively as a coach or mentor practicing at a senior level

*For someone you are coaching/mentoring to be classed at a senior strategic level, relates to the 'impact' they have in the organisation, rather than the position/job title. Your coachee/mentees must hold a position where they have a substantive level of responsibility to impact on decision making processes. If you are unsure if you are currently coaching/mentoring at this level, please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss this matter.

UWE assessment

You will also have the option to complete the UWE module assessments for the distance learning module:

For the Coaching and Mentoring module:

  • Learning logs - Throughout the module you will be asked to participate in coaching and/or mentoring activities and to engage in and gain feedback from peer coaching and/or mentoring.
  • Reflective essay based on your  learning log (3000 words)

This module may then be used towards a selection of our Master's level programmes.

Special Features

Study facilities

IT Requirements

To be able to fully participate in our distance learning course, you will need to be comfortable with using the Internet and searching for information online. Course materials are presented through a number of sources including Microsoft Word, Power Point, pdf and though online blogs and discussions.

To check what technologies you will need to be able to study the course online, please see our guidance page.

Prices and dates


£1,895* (including ILM registration)

*To gain the UWE module accreditation there will be a £100 additional fee. This fee will be due after the first week of your course when you confirm whether you wish to complete the UWE module accreditation alongside your ILM.

All course prices include course materials, and access to the UWE electronic library resources.

Please see our short course webpage for early bird and other discounts

Course dates

To be confirmed.


Executive Development Centre, UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY

How to apply

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

For further information

  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 86377
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