Continuing Professional Development Certificate for Coaching Supervisors (ILM Level 7)

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
Bristol Business School
This programme's support runs over 18 months.
Course Director
Helen Robson

Page last updated 23 May 2024


Accreditations and partnerships:

At the 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:

This individually tailored programme has been created to address the growing need for supervision within the profession of coaching. Coaching has grown quickly as a developmental and supportive mechanism for professionals, managers, leaders and employees and is now commonly available within organisations provided either by external or internal coaches. Unlike other professions such as social work, counselling and psychotherapy, supervision has only recently been established as the corner stone of effective, ethical practice.

Supervision provides a safe place for coaches to: reflect on their performance and behaviour, to articulate their emotions fears and concerns, analyse coaching relationships, consider their own well being and health, be reminded of best ethical practice, learn and develop and gain support. We passionately believe that effective supervision benefits the coach, the client, the organisation in which both work and the coaching profession itself.

This programme examines the literature, research and best practice guidelines of coaching supervision alongside individual's experience, own philosophies and models, through practical application.

Who is it for?

  • Coaches who have already completed an extensive amount of coaching and wish to further their development as supervisors
  • Coaches who are already, or, who wish to in the future, offer coaching supervision
  • Professionals who are concerned to develop a climate that is supportive and developmental for coaches within their organisations
  • Leaders, managers and professionals who wish to develop an understanding of the requirements of supervision and ethical coaching practice

What do I get out of it?

  • A safe space to critically reflect with fellow professionals on your coaching and supervision practice
  • A chance to critically review and evaluate existing literature and research on coaching supervision
  • A chance to practice a wide range of coaching supervision models, methods and techniques with fellow professionals
  • Knowledge and understanding of best practice in ethical coaching supervision

Benefits to you

This programme will enable you to:

  • Gain an understanding of the purpose and principles of coaching supervision
  • Critically assess and reflect on your own ability to perform as an effective coaching supervisor
  • Develop the skills and theoretical knowledge of coaching supervision methods, approaches, reflective practices and activity
  • Evaluate the contribution of coaching supervision to stakeholders

Benefits for employers

  • Coaching supervision is a key process for organisations providing in-house coaching
  • Develop coaches who are able to use the feedback from supervisory sessions to plan their own and others" professional development
  • Benchmark your organisation's practice against an accepted framework
  • Ensure your coaches are properly equipped with the skills, knowledge and ethical understanding they need
  • Meet client's supervision needs through effective assessment and relationship building

N.B. The ILM qualification is a gateway to accreditation but is not a license to practice.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, but the ILM recommends that candidates have successfully completed a coaching qualification at level 5 or 7 or alternatively have had extensive coaching experience.

You must be able to complete a minimum of 20 hours coaching supervision with a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10 coaches.



What does it cover?

This is a flexible individually tailored programme with no set delivery start date, consisting of 10 hours tutor of delivery time, encompassing:-

  • What is coaching supervision? examines the variety of definitions of coaching supervision in both the literature and organisations. It examines the complex nature of supervision and coaching supervision
  • How do your values and beliefs impact on coaching supervision?examines people"s own beliefs and values and the impact they could have on coaching and coaching supervision practice
  • Purpose and principles explores the academic literature, professional organisation"s literature and individual's own knowledge and thoughts on the purpose and principles of effective coaching supervision
  • Stakeholders explores the stakeholders involved in coaching supervision, their expectations, needs and place
  • Personal coaching supervision approach requires participants to individually research and critically evaluate a particular supervision approach that meets their own values, beliefs and context
  • Critically evaluate three supervision models builds on the research above involving group work to analyse different models of supervision identifying similarities, differences, gaps, pros and cons and applicability to different contexts.
  • Capabilities, competencies and skills analyses the skills, behaviours and capabilities required by effective, ethical supervisors
  • Reflective practitioner explores the meaning of the term reflective practitioner and its importance within coaching and coaching supervision
  • Coaching supervision contract examines the need for a contract within supervision
  • Content of a contract explores what is needed to be included in this contract and why. It examines the expectations and needs of all stakeholders
  • Supervision the practicalities examines individual's practice, identifying systems, procedures, legislation and best practice guidelines in order to develop own practice.
  • Personal Development Planning brings the whole programme together what has this course meant for you? What do you wish to achieve, develop and learn as a supervisor?

 How will I learn?

This programme will be individually tailored to your context and learning needs within one to one tutorials, specially designed resources, guided reading, guided activities and introduction to supervision networks.


To achieve your ILM certificate, you will be required to complete a:

  1. Research Project on your understanding of the context in which effective coaching supervision exists and operates in an organisational context (4,000 - 5,000 words) - This will be due six months after the start of your programme.
  2. Prepare for and undertake 20 hours coaching supervision and reflect on your performance (3,000 - 4,000 words) - This will be due twelve months after the start of your programme.
  3. Critical Reflective Review requiring you to complete an in depth and evidenced reflection and assessment of yourself in relation to the requirements and challenges of the supervisor role (2,000 words) - This will be due twelve months after the start of your programme.

You will be given a set submission date to submit each ILM assignment as the start of the programme. If you are unsuccessful in passing your assessment on your first submission, you will have the opportunity to resubmit your assessment.

What commitment do I have to make?

We would recommend approximately 200 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.


Professional accreditation

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

European Mentoring and Coaching Council UK (EMCC UK) 

All ILM students who are studying for an ILM coaching and mentoring qualification are eligible for a 25% reduction in membership with the EMCC UK.

EMCC UK is a professional membership organisation which encourages excellence and progression for mentors, coaches and supervisors. ILM are delighted to have partnered with EMCC UK to offer ILM learners studying for a coaching and mentoring qualification 25% off membership.

View further information and how to access membership.

Study facilities

Our Continuing Professional Development programmes are run at the Bristol Business School, 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 UWE Bristol, 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.

Get a feel for the Business Management facilities we have on offer here from wherever you are.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Programme dates

You will have access to the course Blackboard site and be contacted by your tutor on the programme start date to organise your first tutorial session. Your programme registration will be valid for 18 months for you to complete the assessments.

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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You will have access to the course Blackboard site and be contacted by your tutor on the programme start date to organise your first tutorial session. Your programme registration will be valid for 18 months for you to complete the assessments.

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

CohortApril 2024
Full fee£2,900
Payment deadline19 June 2024
Early Bird discount£2,610
Payment deadline22 May 2024
Alumni/UWE Bristol staff discount£2,465
Payment deadline19 June 2024
COURSE CONNECT Partner£2,320
Payment deadline19 June 2024

Fees include your ILM registration and certification.

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

How to apply

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

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For further information

  • Email: Please contact us on the enquiry form above.
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 81043 (option 1, then option 2)