Continuing Professional Development Certificate for Executive and Senior Level Coaches and Mentors (ILM level 7)

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
Bristol Business School
15 months
Blended (online and face-to-face)
Course Director
Dr Arthur Turner

Page last updated 23 May 2024


Accreditations and partnerships:

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 academics and practitioners, who combine cutting-edge thinking with a practical, real-world focus, ensuring our programmes meet professional and industry needs.

Our Certificate in Effective Coaching and Mentoring programme aims to give you the skills and experience to develop your coaching/mentoring skills by practically completing coaching/mentoring sessions and critically reviewing these.

Listen to the Future Impact podcast (via Soundcloud) featuring four inspirational women who talk about their coaching journey after undertaking the Certificate in Executive Coaching and Mentoring (ILM Level 7) programme.

Listen to the Learn to Coach podcast.

Who is it for?

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 our Certificate in Effective Coaching and Mentoring (ILM Level 5).



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.

For further details about each of the sessions and the assignments, please see our programme brochure (PDF).

Learning and Teaching

How is the programme delivered?

The delivery of this programme will be blended with six sessions delivered on our online learning platform, with the remaining three sessions taking place at the Bristol Business School. This is located at UWE Bristol's 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 tools and workbooks to aid self-reflection and peer discussion, designed to support you further through your programme learning. You will also have full access to our online library resources, study skills support sessions, and librarian chat function.

It is crucial that you are able to commit to all the teaching days and fully participate in the learning. If exceptional circumstances arise which impact on your attendance on the learning days, please inform the tutor as soon as possible to catch up on learning missed.

This open programme has practical online development days designed to give you an opportunity to look, analyse and discuss with our tutors and your peers the subject area and explore possible approaches and tools and techniques available to use. You will also need to allow approximately 140 hours for independant study.

As a learner at UWE Bristol, you will also have full access to our library on campus and all online materials and resources.


Professional accreditation

This qualification is accredited by the ILM.

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.

IT requirements

This programme is delivered partly online. To ensure you can participate fully in these sessions and access programme materials, please see the following required computer specifications:

Operating system: Windows 7+, Mac OS 10.9

Web browser: Google Chrome is the optimal browser. However other browsers such as Firefox, safari and Microsoft Edge are also compatible.

Required Plugins: Adobe Flash Player

Additional requirements:

  • 256 MB RAM
  • 20 MB free disk space
  • Internet Access - 28.8 kbps speed or above (Broadband connection highly recommended). Slower internet connections may cause issues with audio and video.
  • Soundcard with microphone and headphones (A headset with microphone/headphones is highly recommended)
  • Webcam

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Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Programme dates

Cohort - March 2024TimeLocation
Introduction - Tuesday 12 March 202410:00 - 11:00online
Session 1 - Monday 18 March 202409:30 - 16:30Frenchay Campus
Session 2 - Monday 22 April 202409:30 - 16:30online
Session 3 - Tuesday 14 May 202409:30 - 16:30online
Session 4 - Tuesday18 June 202409:30 - 16:30Frenchay Campus
Session 5 - Monday 15 July 202409:30 - 16:30Online
Session 6 - Monday 16 September 202409:30 - 16:30online
Session 7 (part 1) - Monday 14 October 202409:30 - 13:00online
Session 7 (part 2) - Tuesday 12 November 202409:30 - 13:00online
Session 8 (part 1) - Tuesday 10 December 202409:30 - 13:00online
Session 8 (part 2) - Monday 20 January 202509:30 - 13:00online
Session 9 - Monday 17 February 202509:30 - 16:30Frenchay Campus


Programme fees

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

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

Cohort - March 2024Fees
LocationOnline/Frenchay Campus
Full Fee£2495.00
Payment deadline4 March 2024
Early Bird Discount£2245.00
Payment deadline5 February 2024
UWE Alumni Discount£2120.00
Payment deadline4 March 2024
UWE Staff Discount£2120.00
Payment deadline4 March 2024
Course Connect Partner£1996.00
Payment deadline4 March 2024

How to apply

How to apply

Please book onto the course using the relevant form below.

if a cohort is already in progress, please submit an enquiry to hear about when we next plan to run the course.

March 2024Booking ClosedSend an Enquiry

For further information

  • Email: Please contact us through the online enquiry form
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 81043 (option 1 then option 2)