PGCert for coaches & mentors — masters level, accredited learning

PGCert leading to PGDip and MastersJoin the next postgraduate certificate (PGCert) accredited programme to develop your skills to be a more effective coach or mentor. Starting April 2023, this Level 7 accredited course in coaching and mentoring for leadership in organisations offers a path, via a postgraduate diploma (PGDip), to a full masters qualification.

Accredited Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) to become a more effective coach or mentor

Leeds Business SchoolTake your coaching and mentoring practice to the next level, led by experts with a track record of delivering great interactive learning. This masters-level, EMCC EQA equivalent, open-programme is suitable for coaches and mentors working internally within organisations, or for those operating as external/independent consultants. The course is accredited by our partners Leeds Beckett University.

How is the PGCert learning structured?

Weekly 90–minute sessions at 2pm (UK) over 11 months comprising three modules totalling 66 hours contact time. There are two 3–hour kick-off sessions, two 3–hour practice sessions in each module, plus breaks for summer and Christmas/New Year.

Each module requires additional self-study throughout and submission of a 6000 word assignment.

PGCert Open programme 2023

Are the timings of each session fixed?

Professor Bob Garvey and Auriel Majumdar will co-host each module’s kick-off, with other sessions shared and presented individually. By consensus, session timings can be altered to suit changing circumstances, or indeed the mix of US west-coast or Asia-Pacific region students, on a first-come-first-served basis.

What is the indicative content of the PGCert course?

The Essentials of Coaching and MentoringModule one — The Essentials of Coaching and Mentoring

Bob and Auriel will introduce you to a variety of concepts, theories, models and techniques. These will help develop your systematic understanding and critical awareness of coaching and mentoring within the context of practice.

Module Content and Learning Activities

  • Coaching and mentoring concepts, frameworks, theories and models, their potential and limitations
  • Introduction to transactional analysis
  • Emotional intelligence: silence, questions, listening
  • Personal and organisational change
  • Coaching/mentoring Triangle – agenda, transparency
  • The professional standards in executive, team and organisational mentoring
    and coaching
  • Influencing skills
  • CPD – professional and ethical dichotomies

PGCert. Coaching and Mentoring for Organisation DevelopmentModule Two — Coaching and Mentoring for Organisation Development

Students will gain an understanding of differing roles and forms of specific coaching/mentoring intervention for the practitioner in the workplace. Through critical reflection you will secure a clearer understanding of challenges and dilemmas confronting coaches/mentors.

The module will enable students to develop a broader understanding and critical awareness of the role of the coach/mentor in the process of organisational development. You will explore topics such as: 

  • Culture and scheme design
  • Working with teams and leaders
  • Discourses and approaches in coaching and mentoring
  • Coaching and mentoring for diversity, decolonizing and neo-feudalism
  • More sessions to partake in and observe real-play practice

Coaching and Mentoring Reflexive PracticeModule Three — Coaching and Mentoring Reflexive Practice

You will learn an appreciation of the range of diverse forces and inputs impacting on the development of a successful executive and business coaching/mentoring career.

You will evaluate a range of personal development tools to support personal learning. Further, students will learn critical reflective perspective to appreciate and navigate a range of diverse forces in a coaching/mentoring career. You will explore topics including:

  • Gestalt approach to coaching and mentoring
  • A taster of Action Learning Sets
  • Use of self in intervention
  • Supervision
  • Working at depth
  • Further real-play practice sessions

The applied nature of the reflective assignment requires a critical evaluative and selective approach and the ability to reflect on the coachees/clients’ needs set within the dynamics of a working context. It requires reflection on the implications for professional practice from an ethical, professional and continuous professional development standpoint.

PGCert in coaching and mentoring. How do I find out more?

Do something great — be a more effective coach or mentorRegistrations are now open. Contact us to reserve a provisional place and make sure you receive further information as enrolment approaches.

Further information is available on the PGC product page and you can review the PGCert Open Programme Schedule 2023.

Join a free taster webinar to learn more about the PGCert

PGCert leading to PGDip and Masters taster
During early December and January we will offer a chance (like last year) to get a free taste of the environment and meet your tutors. You’ll be able to ask questions and get a feel for the course and how you will benefit.

Choose your taster session

Thursday 8th December 2022 at 10:00-10:30 (UK)


Tuesday 10th January 2023 at 14.00-14.30 (UK)

or (a final chance just prior to applications closing)

Thursday 16th March 2023 at 13.30-14.00 (UK)

Can’t make those times? Just get in touch to talk it though.

What is the cost of the course?

The cost is £3980+VAT per person. VAT is not payable for delegates outside of the UK. Applications are now open and operate on a first-come-first-served basis.

How do I book on to the PGCert?

Get in touch to reserve a place — a 20% deposit within 10 days will confirm your place.

When do applications close?When do applications close?

Payment will confirm registration with the accreditation body and is due no later than 4 weeks before the course begins.

The maximum capacity of the course is twelve. Applications will close once capacity of confirmed students is reached. Register your interest today so we can keep you updated with developments.

Can I pay by instalments?

There are upfront costs (e.g. your registration with the university) for the course, plus we wish to establish commitment from participants to maintain a stable cohort.

Nevertheless, we understand that some students may struggle to make the full payment up-front, so you can pay by regular instalments.

What if I can’t make a particular session?

We expect delegates to be fully present for and participate in all sessions. However, if exceptional circumstances arise, inform the course tutors of your situation at the earliest opportunity. As sessions are recorded, it will be your responsibility to catch up on the relevant material and learning inputs.

What is the next step?

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