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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Weeks: 30

Hours: 3.00

Start: 05/10/2021

Days / Times: Tuesday 17:00 to 20:00

Tuition (£): 811.00*
Full Concession: (0 Tuition/Exam Fee) available dependant on eligibility – A Full Concession is not applicable to a full-cost course

Concessions: 811.00***

Interview: Y

Course Summary

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.

Benefits include:

  • Learning about coaching/mentoring as a powerful development tool
  • Understanding the role and responsibilities of an effective coach/mentor
  • Exploring different coaching/mentoring models
  • Developing practical skills, tools and techniques to support these models
  • Putting your new skills into practice to carry out supervised coaching and mentoring sessions
  • Analysing, assessing and planning to improve your own coaching/mentoring

Entry requirements

All applicants must attend a bespoke information session and informal interview to discuss their qualifications, experience, workplace role, motivation and aspirations.

You will need:

  • Evidence of a Level 2 English qualification (or screening at Level 2 if you do not have evidence of this)
  • To be occupationally competent in the vocational area in which you are providing coaching and mentoring
  • Evidence of achievement of at least a full Level 3 qualification or demonstration of the ability to work at Level 3 (e.g. through experience/job role)
  • Access to at least four hours coaching and four hours mentoring of employee(s) with supervision and support
  • To attend ten classroom-based learning sessions during the programme, take part in a minimum of two tutorials and engage in two workplace visits/observations. 

Independent study will be a core element of your learning and achievement on this course.

Course Content

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:

  • Understanding Mentoring
  • Mentoring Practice
  • Engage Others in the Learning and Development Process
  • Preparing for the Coaching Role
  • Coaching Skills

The course is delivered using a range of classroom-based learning activities and observations of you in your own practice. 

How will I be assessed?

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.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?


What can I do after this course?

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).

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* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Louise Rea-Allen

Louise Rea-Allen

Career swap part-time student lands teachers’ job

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."


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