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.
Ambitious Dawn Sheils-Houston says the world has opened up to her after completing a “goldmine” study programme at Derby College. Dawn works for Derbyshire Constabulary as an Attraction and Engagement Officer - encouraging unrepresented groups to join the force. To support her work and to boost her skillset, Dawn was determined to learn more about the practicalities of coaching and mentoring.
A contact at Derby College Group (DCG) recommended the part-time ILM Level 5 course, which involved one evening lecture a fortnight. Dawn, who has an LLB Honours Degree in Law, said it involved a substantial amount of research and studying at home. She found it to be a lot of work but “a magical experience”.
As part of her studies she coached two police employees, who both gained promotion. She said the lectures and constructive feedback by tutor Lesley Jackson were superb.
Dawn said: "I wanted the course to be practical as well as theoretical and it was absolutely out of this world. I was learning so much. It was a goldmine of invaluable information which allowed me to find this nugget. I’ve now got the skills and endless opportunities. It’s a massive evolving area.
"My dad came over on the Windrush, from Jamaica. He was a hardworking man. He told us as children that, ‘if you stay in bed you would end up being poor’."
The world’s opened up for me now. I feel I’ve got lots to offer on a practical basis which could change someone’s life.”