Certificate for Executive and Senior Level Coaches and Mentors (ILM level 7) - Executive Education face-to-face delivery

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
Bristol Business School
Three teaching days followed by six full day peer learning sessions over a nine month period

Page last updated 18 June 2020


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At Bristol Business School, our portfolio of open programmes offers you and your business a flexible learning solution.  We have a range of programmes covering a wide range of topics, including Finance, Strategy, Marketing, Leadership, Coaching and Mentoring, Innovation, and Design Thinking, among many others.  Our programmes are delivered by experienced practitioners and academics, who combine cutting-edge thinking with a practical, real-world focus, ensuring our programmes meet professional and industry needs.

Programme introduction

The Faculty of Business and Law, UWE Bristol, is a registered training provider with the Institute of Leadership and Management. As part of our executive education portfolio we proudly offer an extended programme in Coaching and Mentoring to allow participants to achieve an ILM qualification at Level 7 - The Certificate in Executive Coaching and Mentoring.

This qualification is designed for senior managers or HR/OD professionals who want to develop their expertise and credibility in the fields of coaching and mentoring, or to establish coaching on an organisational level. It is also for professional coaches and mentors seeking to enhance and accredit their experience with a nationally recognised qualification.

Who is it for?

This programme is aimed at anyone who undertakes coaching and/or mentoring in their workplace or who wishes to develop coaching and or mentoring within their organisation. There is also an intention to support candidates to develop their expertise and accredit their experience as a professional coach and mentor.

The Level 7 qualification is ideal for senior leaders with significant responsibility for coaching and mentoring as part of their day-to-day role working with employees and colleagues. It is also designed to develop learners planning to move into a senior executive role or to establish and enhance an existing career as a coach or mentor offering coaching and mentoring to people within settings dealing with strategy and senior decision-making. It is also aimed at those who are offering or wish to offer coaching/mentoring at a high level within organisations or as an external coach or mentor. You will need to have access to complete at least 20 hours of coaching and mentoring in the workplace.

For those who are managers in organisational settings who want to develop their expertise in the fields of coaching and mentoring and apply coaching or mentoring techniques on a day-to-day basis in their staff interaction we also offer an Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring (ILM Level 5).

If you are uncertain about the choice of level we are happy to discuss your personal situation in regards to which level qualification would be most appropriate for you.

What do I get out of it?

Benefits to you:

  • Understand the strategic purposes of coaching and mentoring at an executive or senior level
  • Analyse the knowledge, skills, behaviours and practices necessary for effective coaching or mentoring at an executive or senior level
  • Plan, deliver and review your own effective coaching or mentoring at an executive or senior level
  • Learn why reflective learning is important for your own professional practice
  • Be able to plan your own future professional development activities as a coach or mentor operating at an executive or senior level

Benefits for the organisation

  • Implement coaching in complex working environments or at a senior and strategic level in your organisation
  • Ensure the your organisation's coaches and mentors are properly equipped with the skills, knowledge and ethical understanding they need
  • Benchmark your organisation's approach against the latest best practice
  • Create a coaching and mentoring culture in which senior managers and leaders demonstrate their commitment to supporting their own and others' development and performance improvement

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements although it is expected that you will/or have previously occupied a senior or strategic level post and or senior or executive experience but we recommend that normally you have successfully completed an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification in Business, Management, Leadership or Human Resource, Psychology or a related subject area, or an equivalent qualification.

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.

We strongly urge participants to consider the following before booking, which are requirements of the assessment:

  • To have identified between 2 -3 individuals to coach/mentor at a suitable level for the qualification*. It is your responsibility to identify your coachees/mentees and plan your sessions within the required timeframe.
  • Consider how you plan to complete 20 hours of coaching/mentoring within the assessment timeframe (the submission date will be approximately 12 months after the start of your programme) with your identified coachees/mentees.
  • Ensure you are able to attend all delivery dates for the cohort.
  • Attend 4 hours of coaching supervision and complete a record of these sessions**.

*For this qualification you will be required to coach/mentor individuals in a senior or complex role. Example roles your coachees/mentees may hold are:

  • Chief Executive
  • Board Member
  • Head of Department
  • Non-Executive Director

This list is not exclusive and many other roles would be suitable. The focus is that your coachees/mentees hold a senior or strategic role, with responsibility and where they have view of, and can influence the direction of the organisation or part of it.

** Two of the four hours of supervision will be provided in a group supervision format within the programme, for you to use towards your assignment. However it will be the participant's responsibility to ensure they are present at these sessions. You will be required to find a minimum of two further hours of your own coaching supervision to support your practice and to complete your supervision log. If you already meet with a supervisor you can use these sessions towards your qualification. ILM requires your supervision to be provided by either a supervisor, ILM tutor or an experienced coach and it may be within an individual or group format.



What does it cover?

The coaching and mentoring team run the programme with a mixture of theory and skills development and will be taking a number of different experiential approaches in keeping with ideas of adult learning. This will include different approaches such as the arts of building trust, listening, questioning and using positive silence.

Additionally, some time will be spent exploring the more creative link to coaching, for example through the lenses of play and mediating objects. The programme, delivered by experienced coaches, will help participants recognise and move towards coaching and mentoring as non-linear processes and engage with the dynamic and complex nature of their practice and organisational context.

Practice and peer learning will be a key part of the sessions and include working in coaching triads and giving and receiving feedback. The cohorts and tutors will work together to learn and reflect upon a range of coaching and mentoring approaches from well-known workplace models through to more creative approaches; such as walking coaching, the use of mediating objects and the use of creative questions.  The overall objective of the programme is to develop an understanding of the complex nature of coaching and mentoring at a senior strategic level and their collective benefits to the success of running organisations, across all sectors.

The core programme includes:

Initial information, materials and Programme Handbook provided online followed by:

A three day core module covering:

  • What are coaching and mentoring? How are they perceived in organisations? What are my own perceptions? What skills, knowledge and capabilites are required? How do values and beliefs impact on coaching and mentoring? How can these activities be successfully structured? What is involved in contracting with individuals and organisations? How can I best learn and reflect on my development?
  • How can I develop my coaching/ mentoring practice? What is its purpose? What theories and models are informing my practice? How can I work authentically with my values, beliefs and expertise? How can I work ethically? What are my skills, knowledge and attitudes and how do these compare to professional standards? How do I need to develop as a professional?
  • What is the context of executive coaching and mentoring? What is their strategic purpose and impact? How do we develop coaching and mentoring cultures? What is the impact of power, organisational and wider societal contexts on coaching/ mentoring?

Followed by:

Six individual days of peer learning sessions which will include some group supervision, tutorial support and work with peers on your practice and the ILM assignments. These sessions will also include:

  • Research Undertakings (a desire to review more academic focussed, practice-based research papers)
  • Review and build your own coaching profile and practice
  • Skills development (incl. diagnostic tools/techniques)
  • Reflective exercises (using reflective journal as evidence for qualification)
  • Personal Development Plans

How will I learn?

The programme is delivered though face-to-face group sessions and self-study. As part of your study you will work closely with group members to engage and reflect on your learning to draw into your assessment. Class sessions are interactive allowing for the exchange of the wide variety of experiences people bring, coaching and mentoring exercises and discussions. Based on the ILM framework of Knowing-Doing-Being* we will encourage you to gather and evaluate knowledge, apply ideas, practice models and through reflection integrate your learning into your practice.


ILM assessment

To achieve your ILM qualification, you will be required to complete 3 assignments:

  • Assignment 1 focuses on your understanding of coaching and mentoring theory but linked to your own environment and practice.
  •  Assignment 2 requires you to evidence you have undertaken 20 hours of coaching and mentoring, including specific elements of coaching and mentoring like goal setting. You need to keep diaries, notes and logs of your practice to evidence your work.
  • Assignment 3 is a reflective review on your coaching and mentoring including the impact of your own and your clients' characteristics.

You will be given a set hand-in date to submit your ILM assignment.

 What commitment do I have to make?

  • Attend all delivery workshops
  • Time commitment to complete 20 hours of coaching/mentoring for the ILM assessment by the allotted assessment date
  • Identify a minimum of 2 and maximum of 3 coachees/mentees at an appropriate level  to complete your coaching/mentoring hours
  •  Identify potential supervision (min. of 2 hours from either a supervisor, tutor or experienced coach) so you can evidence your supervisory support in the qualification
  • The ILM assigns 138 hours to this qualification for the Total Qualification Time. This is estimated on the number of hours a learner will reasonably be likely to spend in preparation, study or any form of participation, including assessment. This is only a guideline, and will depend highly on your own personal learning ability and style.
  • We encourage participants to manage their own reading and utilize the UWE Library and we supply a list of recommended texts and resources on the programme.

On successful completion of your qualification you will be invited to join us at our next celebratory event, to celebrate your achievement.


Professional accreditation

This programme is accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management.

Study facilities

Our Executive Education Programmes are run at our dedicated Bristol Business Engagement Centre, providing a professional environment for your development 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 programme, 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. Alongside this once registered onto the ILM qualification you will be able to register for your ILM study membership and its range of benefits.

Prices and dates

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Programme dates

We are currently scheduling our programmes dates for 20/21. These will run from September 2020 onwards. New dates will be available from June 2020.

If you would like to be kept informed on future dates, please complete the enquiry form in the 'How to Apply' section.



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Programme fees

Please see the table below for current fees and discounts available. All prices are VAT exempt.

Discounts can not be used in conjunction with each other. The greatest discount available will be applied at your booking confirmation.

CohortMay 2020
LocationOnline (Frenchay Campus)*
Full Fee£2,500
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Early Bird Discount£2,250
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UWE Alumni Discount£2,125
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UWE Staff Discount£2,125
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Fees include refreshments and buffet lunch at all venues. Parking is only included at the Frenchay Campus location.


* Please note due to the COVID-19 situation, our May 2020 cohort will commence as an online programme, with sessions being delivered on the dates via our virtual classroom. We will look to move sessions back to the classroom on Frenchay Campus at a point this is deemed safe to do so, and with agreement of the group.

  • Frenchay Campus - Bristol Business School, UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY. How to find UWE Bristol
  • Bristol City Centre - Bristol Law Society, 12 Colston Ave, Bristol BS1 4ST. How to find Bristol Law Society
  • Exeter City Centre - Mecure Exeter Southgate Hotel, Southernhay East, Exeter, EX1 1QF

How to apply

How to apply

To make a full or provisional booking for this programme, please complete the relevant online booking form below:

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For further information

  • Email: Please contact us through the online enquiry form
  • Telephone: +44(0)117 32 84896