This qualification is for those who are teaching, coaching or training and/or those who need to be able to coach and mentor individuals in a range of settings including in a training company, FE College, Adult Learning Service or a company’s internal training department.
It is also suitable for those who want to diversify into coaching and mentoring on a part-time basis. This qualification covers the core skills, knowledge and understanding needed to support other learners in a coaching and mentoring capacity. Learners must be occupationally competent in the vocational area in which they are providing coaching and mentoring.
All applicants must attend a bespoke information session and informal interview to discuss their qualifications, experience, workplace role, motivation and aspirations.
You will need:
Independent study will be a core element of your learning and achievement on this course.
This course introduces you to effective practice in workplace coaching/mentoring, enabling you to develop skills, knowledge and professional behaviours holistically. The specific units are:
The course is delivered using a range of classroom-based learning activities and observations of you in your own practice.
Assessment is through coursework and a range of assessment methods is used. These include observations of your practice, self-evaluation, reflective tasks, written assignments, individual and group presentations. All assessment methods have been designed to focus on skills specific to the professional coach/mentor, while incorporating key transferable skills.
All assessments require you to apply theory to your own practice and you are expected to engage with academic research and learning theory in a manner commensurate with higher-level study.
You could progress into a coaching or mentoring role in the workplace, including in an educational setting, or into a work-based teaching and learning role such as Assessor-Coach.
This qualification may provide progression opportunities to higher coaching/mentoring qualifications.
For those delivering training or teaching, it can lead to teacher training, such as the PGCE (Level 7) or Certificate of Education (Level 5).
Tutor Jacqui Heath is teaching students from all over the world to improve their English and literacy skills after she gained Level 5 Diploma in TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) via Derby College. Jacqui, whose background is in PR and journalism, initially took a PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector) course at her local college.
She wanted a career which combined her professional writing and editing skills with the teaching experience she gained while home educating her children. Motivated by the rewards and challenges of adult education, she decided to further her qualifications by enrolling for the Derby College TESOL course. She gained the level 5 diploma in 2013.
Since then, Jacqui has taught students from across the globe – including Eritrea, Sudan, Pakistan and Eastern Europe – to confidently speak, read and write English. Rather than studying online, Jacqui chose to go to Derby College so she could observe how her teachers delivered sessions. Jacqui added:
The tutors gave generously of their expert experience as we gained all the knowledge and skills necessary to launch ourselves into an ESL teaching career, whether at home or abroad. I think the most important thing I left with was the confident thumbs up from the excellent teaching staff.