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Professional course

ILM Level 7 Certificate in Coaching Supervision

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Bristol Business School
seven days
Course director:
Janice MacInnes

Page last updated 5 December 2017


Bristol Business School's portfolio of short CPD courses offers flexible learning solutions for you and your business. We have a range of courses in: Finance and Strategic Planning; Coaching and Mentoring; Human Resource Management and Personal Development; Project Management, and Marketing.

Our courses are delivered by experienced academics and consultants, who apply their expertise and cutting-edge thinking with a practical focus.

Course introduction:

This course 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 like 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 course 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 course 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 clients" 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

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements but we recommend that normally you have successfully completed an undergraduate qualification in Management, or higher, 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.

You must also be able to complete a minimum of 30 hours of coaching supervision during the course for the assessment.

Accreditations and partnerships:



What does it cover?

Day 1

  • What is coaching supervision? This introductory session 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?  This session examines people"s own beliefs and values and the impact they could have on coaching and coaching supervision practice
  • Purpose and principles this session 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 - this session explores the stakeholders involved in coaching supervision, their expectations, needs and place

Day 2

  • Personal coaching supervision approach this session 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 - this session 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 this session analyses the skills, behaviours and capabilities required by effective, ethical supervisors
  • Reflective practitioner -  this session explores the meaning of the term reflective practitioner and its importance within coaching and coaching supervision

Day 3

  • Coaching supervision contract this session examines the need for a contract within supervision
  • Content of a contract this follow up session explores what is needed to be included in this contract and why. It examines the expectations and needs of all stakeholders
  • Supervision the practicalities- this session examines individual"s practice, identifying systems, procedures, legislation and best practice guidelines in order to learn from each other and develop own practice.
  • Personal Development Planning- this final session brings the whole course together what has this course meant for you? What do you wish to achieve, develop and learn as a supervisor?

Peer learning sets

These sets are didvided between:

  • Peer learning sessions - where you as a group select what you want to research and learn
  • Peer supervision sessions - where you supervise each other and experiment with different methods, techniques and approaches providing each other with constructive feedback to enhance your professional development

 How will I learn?

This programme will be highly interactive, involving a lot of personal reflection, peer supervision and learning groups, personal research, sharing of expertise and experience and critically evaluating theory against practice.


ILM assessment

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

  • 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)
  • Prepare for and undertake 30 hours coaching supervision and reflect on your performance (3,000 - 4,000 words)
  • 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)

You will be given a set hand-in date to submit your ILM assignment. If you are unsuccessful in passing your assessment on your first submission, you will have the opportunity to resubmit your assessment, however resubmission fees will apply.

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

Institute of Leadership and Management

Study facilities

Our short courses are run at our dedicated Executive Development 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. 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

Full fee: £2,450

20% early bird discount fee: £1,960 (for bookings paid in full 8 weeks or more in advance)

30% UWE Alumni Discount fee: £1,715 (available until the course start date)

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

(Fees include your ILM registration and certification, car parking, lunch and refreshments)

Course dates

We are currently scheduling further dates for this course. Please complete the enquiry form below to be advised when they are available.


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

How to find UWE Bristol

How to apply

How to apply

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


For further information

  • Email: Please contact us on the enquiry form above.
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 87408

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