De Montfort University

Professional Coaching

This programme has been designed by bringing together the best in professional coaching practice, academic research and incorporating experienced coaching practitioners' own insights. The outcome for you is a programme of learning that gives you the opportunity to become both confident and competent in your area of professional organisational coaching practice. You will be supported to achieve your postgraduate certificate award and receive student membership to the Association for Coaching.

Not only will you have the opportunity to enhance your professional skills, you will also be embarking on an extremely rewarding personal development journey as you participate in insightful and thought provoking coaching sessions on your programme. This is a valuable opportunity to explore and release your full potential.

You will benefit from:

  • A part-time course consisting of 3 interactive 4 day workshops
  • Content delivered by experienced coaching professionals
  • Networking and continuing professional development opportunities
  • Study at a TEF Gold rated University

The PG Certificate in Professional Coaching is a part-time professional coaching qualification that is designed with professionals in mind to empower success in the demanding 21st century. The course will provide an opportunity for participants to be introduced to, analyse, and critically reflect upon the many different coaching approaches, tools and interventions, that are used in the modern day organisational environment as well as the opportunity to build the required coaching hours, complete written submissions and receive support towards gaining accreditation by the Association for Coaching*.

Underpinned and informed by research in the coaching profession, the programme team is comprised of experienced practitioners with professional coaching and commercial backgrounds. The skill and knowledge base of the team allows connections to be made with practical applications and 'real world' problems.

Entry requirements

Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert: A good honours degree and are currently employed in an HR/Learning & Development/Organisational Development function or leadership/ managerial/consultancy or related role or have a minimum of 5 years subject relevant experience in an organisational setting and can demonstrate the ability to work at postgraduate level.

Course modules

Coaching Fundamentals - the first module focuses on developing coaching skills and techniques, using models to support practice, and discusses ethical and professional issues. We will look at coaching mind-set, relationships and setting an effective coaching environment. There is a strong focus on developing skills and so a portfolio of evidence including critical self-reflection and analysis is a core component of this part of the course.

Coaching Exploration and Discovery - This module explores human psychology and its relevance to coaching. It will cover psychological approaches to coaching, personality theory and neuroscience. We will also explore creative coaching interventions to elicit further self-discovery. This module addresses the impact of change, stress and the importance of resilience, and explores the attributes of different coaching approaches.

Organisational Coaching - This module covers the potential organisational applications of coaching and developing as a professional coach. It covers developing a coaching practice, which includes contracting, ethics, boundaries, stakeholder management and ROI/ROE. The focus of this module is on the realities and integration of coaching in action. Additionally it covers professional accreditation and continued professional development.

Please note: You are advised to check our website before making an application in case there are any changes to the course you are interested in, as the contents of the website will always take precedence.

Assessment methods

This module employs a range of teaching and learning strategies to optimise learning. We will utilise a coaching style and through this questioning approach, students will start to develop key coaching skills. The material will be delivered over 3 x 4-day workshops combining tutor led input with student centred interactive activities, including experiential learning, personal reflection, group discussion and peer coaching. Guest speakers will be incorporated to enhance the learning experience, along with optional evening activities.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time block-release November 2019 6,450 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 10 Months
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time block-release November 2019 6,450 per Whole course (England) 10 Months
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time block-release November 2019 6,450 per Whole course (Wales) 10 Months
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time block-release November 2019 6,450 per Whole course (EU) 10 Months
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time block-release November 2019 6,450 per Whole course (Scotland) 10 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Leicester Campus LE1 9BH East Midlands

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