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Professional course

Group Facilitation

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Bristol Business School
Three days
Course director:
Inge Aben
Key fact:
"New theories I learnt through the Group Facilitation module have given me a different perspective on the meetings I chair at work." Georgia, PG Certificate Leadership and Management Student

Page last updated 15 November 2017


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.

Module introduction

An increasingly important part of a manager's role is to get the best from groups of able, knowledgeable and talented people, through facilitating their work in groups and teams. This module aims to help you develop the skills and knowledge to be effective facilitators in your organisation.

Who is it for?

Current managers, whether as functional line managers or project managers; people about to become managers in the near future; non-managers who have the opportunity to facilitate teams; human resources and learning and development professionals; internal or external consultants.

What do I get out of it?

You benefit through:

  • Succinct tutor input on different theories, models and competencies of facilitation.
  • The opportunity to reflect on your own practice as a facilitator, and to plan for your ongoing development.
  • Access to a variety of facilitation tools and techniques to test during the course, and to take back to work for ongoing use.
  • Increased awareness of the power and authority that goes with the role of facilitator and how this can be used effectively.
  • Tutor support to help tailor the course to your own experience, whether beginner or experienced practitioner.

Entry requirements

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



What does it cover?

  • The research and theory around group facilitation
  • Application of the facilitation principles to 'real' pressing problems
  • An overview of facilitation tools and techniques.
  • Examination of groups and group development.
  • Power, authority and role tensions in organisational facilitation.
  • Case studies to demonstrate the learning from other organisations.

Learning and Teaching

This is an interactive module, where you will engage through a carefully-designed mix of theory inputs, case studies, group activities, experimenting with tools and robust discussions.

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.

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


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

  • A two-part assignment, requiring you to reflect on a real-life example of group facilitation, as well as your learning from the module.

On successful completion of this assessment you will receive an overall module mark. This module may then be used towards a selection of our Masters level courses.


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 leaner 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 (2017/18 academic year)

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

There are currently no dates available for this course.

Dates for the academic year 2018/19 will be announced in the summer 2018.

Please complete our enquiry form below to be notified when new dates are available.


Bristol Business Engagement Centre, UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY

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How to apply

How to apply

You can apply online for this CPD module, which you can take 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.

For further information

  • Email: Please contact us on the enquiry form above.
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 87166

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