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).
Part-time postgraduate student Louise Rae Allen says Derby College helped her land the teaching job she longed for from childhood.
Psychology graduate Louise, 29, from Ambergate, was taken on by Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Ashbourne while she works towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
Louise, who has dreamed of being a teacher from the age of 11, switched direction after working for five years as a careers co-ordinator at Queen Elizabeth.
She chose the course because it gave her the flexibility to study part-time, while continuing to work, and because of the strong reputation of its tutors. In 2016, the college achieved an "Outstanding" Ofsted rating for PGCE provision.
Louise is completing a two year part-time Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Post 14 in Compulsory Education.
She said: "I'm sure I wouldn't have been taken on as a teacher without taking the course.
"The college tutors are excellent, the quality of their teaching and feedback is always of a high standard. The sessions they deliver are intellectually challenging, interesting and engaging.
"A lot of us work full-time, and the tutors are flexible and supportive. They really go the extra mile."