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Executive Education

Certificate in Executive Coaching and Mentoring (ILM level 7)

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Bristol Business School
Three teaching days followed by five full day peer learning sessions over a nine month period
Course director:
Arthur Turner

Page last updated 29 March 2019


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 Certificatein 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:

  • Know how to review and build the context, strategy, culture and processes for coaching and mentoring at a senior and strategic level
  • Understand and analyse different coaching and mentoring models and their impact
  • Learn how to evaluate the effectiveness of coaching and mentoring in an organisation
  • Critically review your own communication skills, emotional intelligence, interpersonal skills and values, to assess your competence as a coach or mentor
  • Plan, deliver and review coaching and mentoring contact with clients at a senior and strategic 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
  • Measurable impact from coaching and mentoring sessions carried out as part of this qualification

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements although it is expected that you will occupy 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.

Leadership, Management, 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.

Participants must also be able to complete a minimum of 20 hours of coaching and/or mentoring with 2 or more coachees/mentees during the course for the assessment.

Accreditations and partnerships:



What does it cover?

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 both public and private.

The ILM Level 7 Certificate in Executive Coaching and Mentoring is often delivered in conjunction with the ILM Level 5 certificate in Coaching and Mentoring programme and much of the programme's skills development and theory will be completed as a joint group (depending on numbers)

The core programme includes:

An online induction followed by:

A three day core module covering:

  • What are coaching and mentoring? How are they perceived in organisations? 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 do we develop coaching and mentoring cultures? What can we gain by using models?
  • What is mentoring? What is its purpose? How does it differ across cultures?  What skills and knowledge are required for effective mentoring? What are the benefits and costs of mentoring? What environmental conditions are required for effective mentoring?  What is the impact of using models and techniques?
  • What is coaching? What are the range of coaching approaches available? How can I work authentically with my values, beliefs and expertise? How can In 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?

Followed by:

Five whole day peer learning sessions which will include group supervision, tutorial support and work with peers on the ILM assignments.

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?

Attending the delivery workshops, at UWE, Frenchay Campus, Bristol.

Time commitment to complete 20 hours of coaching/mentoring for the ILM assessment - as a guide, is 250 - 300 hours. This includes class time, self-study, tutorial support and assignment writing. This is only a guideline, and will depend highly on your own personal learning ability. This does not include preparation or reflection time for your sessions.    

Completing your ILM assessment to a strict deadline.

We encourage participants to manage their own reading, although copious references are held within the coaching and mentoring handbook, and we are happy to supply a list of recommended texts on request and signpost electronic papers available through the University's library services.


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

Supplementary fee information

Programme dates


May 2019

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Learning Set 1

Learning Set 2

Learning Set 3

Learning Set 4

Learning Set 5


Wednesday 22 May 2019

Tuesday 11 June 2019

Tuesday 9 July 2019

Tuesday 3 September 2019

Monday 30 September 2019

Thursday 31 October 2019

Tuesday 26 November 2019

Tuesday 7 January 2020


09.00 - 16.30

09.00 - 16.30

09.00 - 16.30

09.00 - 16.30

09.00 - 16.30

09.00 - 16.30

09.00 - 16.30

09.00 - 16.30

October 2019






*Please note we are currently reviewing this programme in light of amendments to the qualification's standards by the ILM. While we feel these will only be minor changes to the programme, we are currently unable to confirm the exact dates and fees for our next cohort in October until we have finished our review.

Consequently we are currently offering the option to book and pay to reserve your place on our October 19 cohort now at the 18/19 early bird fee of £2,115 until the full dates and 19/20 pricing are released. We anticipate being able to confirm dates by the end of April 2019.

Once dates are scheduled we will contact you to confirm that you wish to keep your place. If the cohort dates are unsuitable for you, a full refund will be offered.

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 2019October 2019
LocationFrenchay CampusFrenchay Campus
Full Fee£2,350TBC
Payment Deadline14 May 2019 
Early Bird Discount£2,115TBC
Payment Deadline2 April 2019 
UWE Alumni Discount£1,998TBC
Payment Deadline7 May 2019 
UWE Staff Discount£1,998TBC
Payment Deadline7 May 2019 

Fees include refreshments and lunch at all venues. Parking is only included at the Frenchay Campus location.


How to apply

How to apply

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

May 2019Book Now - course full waiting list appliesEnquire Now
October 2019Book Now - see programme dates for more informationEnquire Now


For further information

  • Email: Please contact us through the online enquiry form
  • Telephone: +44(0)117 32 87408

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