Do you have a passion for developing others in the workplace? Coaching is now recognised as a powerful strategy for effectively developing individuals.
Our Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring is an ideal qualification for people with significant responsibility for coaching and mentoring employees as part of their day-to-day role. It covers planning and preparing specific learning and development opportunities and requires you to practise your coaching skills in the workplace.
The course is also designed to support you to move into a development role or to start a career as a freelance coach and mentor. It will enable you to:
The course is delivered using a range of ten classroom-based sessions over the seven-month period, two hours of supervision and workplace observations.
All applicants must attend a bespoke information session and informal interview to discuss their qualifications, experience, workplace role, motivation and aspirations.
You need evidence of:
Assessment is through coursework and an exciting range of assessment methods is used. These include observations of your practice, self-evaluation, reflective tasks, written assignments, individual and group poster presentations. All assessment methods have been designed to focus on skills specific to the professional coach or mentor, while incorporating key transferable skills.
You are required to undertake research and write in an appropriate academic style, using Harvard Referencing systems.
All assessments require you to apply theory to your own practice and you are expected to engage with academic research and learning theory.
This qualification may provide progression opportunities to other ILM qualifications such as the ILM Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management or the ILM Level 7 Certificate or Diploma in Coaching Supervision.
You could also progress into a mentoring role in the workplace, including in an educational setting, or into a work-based teaching and learning role such as assessor-coach.
Former teaching assistant Catherine Connolly says qualifying as a teacher with Derby College has allowed her to work smarter, with more flexibility and on better pay.
A puppeteer and performer, Catherine, 52, said signing up for DCG’s part-time Post 14/19 Level 7 PGCE was the “best thing I have ever done.”
She now works three days a week for DCG, teaching English Functional Skills to adults. Catherine has upskilled from a specialist teaching assistant role at an independent school for alternative provision. She hopes to have a better work life balance, with more time for her puppetry.
After school Catherine took a BA Hons Degree in English and American Literature at the University of East Anglia. She also discovered the world of puppetry and performance, enjoying it so much that she followed it as a career. For many years Catherine went into schools and other venues as a creative practitioner.
Catherine liked working in schools and with the arrival of austerity impacting on her puppetry work, she became a teaching assistant, initially on supply. She realised she needed to upskill as a mature student to progress and after much consideration bit the bullet and signed up for her PGCE. Catherine landed her job having just finished her course.
She said: “It’s a massive change to work with adults, but I’m enjoying it. I’m telling everyone, get your PGCE! I’ve upskilled myself and I’ve got more time now to get involved in puppetry, fingers crossed. It’s an increase in salary, which is important. It’s given me the opportunity to work less and work smarter. I don’t want to be a principal or anything, but I do want to have that flexibility.”
Without the college, I wouldn’t have got where I am.