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UWE Module

Coaching and Mentoring

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Bristol Business School
Three days
Course director:
Gina Burns
Key fact:
The course is designed to develop you as a creative, questioning and adaptable executive coach/mentor.

Page last updated 10 April 2018


Bristol Business School's portfolio of professional courses offers flexible learning solutions for you and your business.

Part of our professional course portfolio includes undergraduate and postgraduate level modules, available to study as a standalone module outside of the full programme qualification. Giving you the flexibility to study at a pace which suits you, whether for personal development or towards a full academic qualification.

Course introduction

Coaching and mentoring are gaining prominence in both organisations and in academic literature, and research suggests that coaching and mentoring can have substantial impact on individual and organisational performance.

This 15 credit postgraduate level module will encourage you to assess and develop your skills, plus provide you with a safe space to experiment with new approaches, models and techniques examined in the taught sessions. The course critically reviews a wide range of academic literature and research on coaching and mentoring models, theories and impact.

The content is equally suitable for those who are new to coaching and mentoring as it is to experienced professionals, as it is broadly based and explores a wide variety of perspectives examining individual's roles, organisational requirements, contracting for services and the relevance of models and theories to specific contexts.

Who is it for?

This course has proved to be beneficial to:

  • People new to coaching and mentoring and who want to explore the concepts.
  • People who want to gain a broader understanding of coaching and mentoring and where it might fit into their organisations.
  • Experienced coaches and mentors who want to broaden their knowledge base, evaluate their skills and gain a formal qualification either academic, professional (ILM) or both.
  • Managers who would like to develop their employees or encourage a more proactive, independent culture in the workplace.
  • Senior managers who want to set up coaching and/or mentoring within their organisations.
  • Care or health professionals who want to include a more coaching style in their practice.
  • People who would like to retrain and set up a new career as professional coaches or mentors.

What do I get out of it?

Past participants say that:

  • It has heightened their awareness of: their job roles, their capacity to offer coaching and/or mentoring, their working environment and the impact of introducing coaching and mentoring into their organisations.
  • It has clarified what effective coaching and/ or mentoring can achieve and the dangers of ineffective practices.
  • It has personally developed their awareness of their own values, beliefs and behaviours and the impact these have on others which in turn has made them more effective in the workplace.
  • It has developed both their knowledge and skills in coaching and mentoring and raised their awareness of the organizational requirements for effective practice.
  • It has made them see how adopting a coaching style as a manager can affect the behaviour and output of employees.
  • It has made them aware of how coaching and mentoring need to be introduced and delivered to deliver benefits to both individuals and the organisation.

For the organisation:

  • Enables key members of staff to develop and manage others more effectively.
  • The interpersonal skills gained will help to improve organisational communication and confront difficult problems and issues in a constructive manner.
  • Research suggests that the cost of coaching and mentoring programmes are more than repaid in the benefits reaped.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, although students will be asked to submit a copy of their CV listing work experience and/or previous study to demonstrate their ability to study at postgraduate level.

Careers / Further study

This module counts towards our PG Certificate in Leadership and Management and PG Certificate in Leadership and Management (Coaching and Mentoring)



What does it cover?

This module will provide students with:

  • A deeper understanding of the complex nature of coaching and mentoring and their place in organisations
  • An awareness of the different perspectives and models available in both coaching and mentoring and the implication of their adoption in organisations
  • An exploration of coaching and mentoring models through discussion and practice
  • An understanding of the place of culture, structure, diversity, power and roles within coaching and mentoring

Essentials of coaching and mentoring (One day)

  • What are coaching and mentoring? - This first session examines what the terms mean to participants, in literature and research and in their own organisations.
  • Values and beliefs - This part asks participants to consider their values and belief systems and compare them to a variety of coaching and mentoring approaches.
  • Structuring coaching and mentoring - This session questions the needs for structure of coaching and mentoring sessions and considers one possible model.
  • Context of coaching and mentoring - This session looks at the context in which coaching and mentoring are delivered, and reviews research on coaching and mentoring-friendly cultures in organisations.
  • Ethical practice - This session considers the role of power, diversity, role and trust in coaching and mentoring.

Mentoring workshop (One day)

  • What is mentoring? - This first session looks at mentoring definitions, the similarities, differences and gaps.
  • Analysis of the skills, knowledge and behaviours - This session follows up the first session by analysing the competencies and capabilities required for effective mentoring within your organisation.
  • Review of mentoring within different cultures and countries - This session looks at how mentoring is viewed in different cultures and countries and implications for cross cultural working.
  • Review and practise a mentoring model - This is a very practical session learning and practising a new mentoring model and developing key mentoring and questioning skills.
  • The costs and benefits - This focuses on the critical evaluation of cost and benefits of mentoring to a variety of stakeholders.

Coaching workshop (One day)

  • A range of coaching approaches - explores, analyses, compares and contrasts a range of coaching approaches and models.
  • Considers the coaching spectrum - from literature and own experience
  • Coaching metaphors - reviews a range of metaphors from the coaching literature and reflects on what this means for participants and their organisations.
  • Coaching contract - revisits the coaching contract, expectations of stakeholders and ethical practice.
  • Practise key coaching skills using own selected model and approach.
  • Critically review own coaching practice self assessing against models of best practice and professional standards.

Learning and Teaching

How will I learn?

This course is an academic module which is highly participative, reflects participants' contexts, requires personal independent research and a willingness to participate in peer coaching and mentoring sessions both within and outside the taught workshops.

Study time

What commitment do I have to make?

We would recommend approximately 150 hours including taught sessions and personal study time to complete the module and assessment. This is only a guideline, and will depend highly on the participants learning abilities.

The assessment submission date will be set approximately six weeks after the last taught session. Unfortunately, it is not possible to extend this deadline once you have registered for the module. However, if for an unexpected reason you are unable to submit, the University does have an Extenuating Circumstances Policy.


As part of this module, you will be required to complete the following assessment by the set deadline:

  • Six learning logs based on 6 coaching and/or mentoring sessions
  • A 3,000 word essay critically examining your development as a coach and/ or mentor integrating relevant literature and theory.

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


Professional accreditation

This course can be used towards the ILM Level 7 Certificate in Executive Coaching and Leadership Mentoring offered at the Business School.

Study facilities

Our short courses are run at our dedicated Bristol Business Engagement 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.

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

As a learner at the University of the West of England, you will also have full access to our library on campus and all online materials and resources.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Module fee (includes assessment) £725

Please note parking and refreshments are not provided as part of your course fee, however the university campus has parking available (at a small charge) and numerous catering outlets.

Course dates

Tuesday 22 May 2018

Wednesday 23 May 2018

Tuesday 12 June 2018


UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY

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How to apply

How to apply

For the May 2018 cohort, please complete the May 2018 cohort booking form.

You can take this CPD module as a stand-alone module or as part of our postgraduate (Masters level) programme on a flexible study basis.

As this module carries university accreditation, once you have submitted your booking form, you will be required to provide the following supporting information to the administration team for the module tutor to be able to review and formally accept your application as required by the university.

·  An up-to-date copy of your Curriculum Vitae (including a work or academic reference)

·  A brief personal statement to support your application

·  A copy of your highest qualification certificate and transcript of modules studied

·   A copy of photographic proof of ID (i.e. driver's licence/passport). For non UK students, this must be a copy of your passport

·  If English is not your country's first language, you will be required to provide evidence to show you meet the UK Border Agency and the University's minimum English Language requirements. Further details are available on our English Language Requirements webpage regarding required levels for study

On acceptance onto the module, you will be registered onto our student system to give you access to university resources, including the library and your module BlackBoard site where course materials and pre-reading/work will be posted.

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

For further information

  • Email: For all course queries, please complete the on-line enquiry form above.
  • Telephone: +44(0)117 32 87265

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