What is coaching?
Coaching is defined as developing a person's skills and knowledge so that their job performance improves, hopefully leading to the achievement of organisation objectives, focusing on specific skills and goals (CIPD). As organisations face unprecedented times, coaching is a realistic and cost-effective solution which helps unlock the performance potential of individuals and organisations seeking the attainment of goals.
Our Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Coaching Practice aims to:
- develop the skills, knowledge and confidence required to become an effective coach in the workplace;
- provide you with a critical understanding of the conceptual frameworks, theories, ethics and issues associated with coaching;
- enhance your career prospects through developing skills in people management and development.
It is suitable for those wishing to improve their performance (and that of others) and take responsibility for their own learning.
"I feel I am gaining a huge amount from the course and the reading I am doing. I definitely feel I am building on my skills and developing my knowledge and then using that in my coaching work."
J Boyd, current student
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Course length: One year, part-time
Study location: City site
Fees and funding:
Please see the fees and funding page for more information.
The programme is multidisciplinary in approach drawing from coaching, psychology, learning and development, organisational behaviour and organisational development. Coaching assumes that an individual is psychologically well and does not require a clinical intervention. Coaching is not foremost a remedial intervention, indeed it is frequently targeted at the already successful.
- Module one: Coaching in Context
- Module two: Developing Coaching Competence
- Module three: Reflections on Professional Practice
Study and support
Innovative and distinctive features of the programme include:
- the use of actors
- audio-visual technologies
- small cohort sizes
- dedicated time for coaching practice
- recording of coaching sessions
- coaching experts as guest speakers
- coaching sets as well as individual reflection on coaching practice
- coaching supervision
- critical evaluation of feedback from many sources e.g. observation of professional actors and AV recordings.
You will need to undertake written assignments, tutor assessment and a reflective journal.
Resources and facilities
Nottingham Business School's professional approach to management education is supported by a suite of modern teaching rooms and the latest in communication and information technology. The School provides a high quality management learning environment, designed to encourage creative thinking about real world issues confronting managers and their organisations.
This qualification will enhance your career prospects by developing your skills in people management and development either in a line management or human resources role. Alternatively, the course could help you develop your own coaching business.
This course does not offer placements but features regular coaching practice sessions to give students the opportunity to practice their skills in different situations and with a variety of coaches.
You will need at least two years professional experience which may be in line management, HR/training and development or a similar professional role.
English language requirements for International and EU students.
You will need at least two years professional experience which may be in line management, HR/training and development, consultancy, or a similar professional role.
English language requirements
See the English language entry requirements for courses at Nottingham Business School and the full list of all English language qualifications accepted by the University.
Applications should be made using the apply online button at the top of the page.