Postgraduate Certificate Coaching for Leadership

Year of entry

This Postgraduate Certificate is built around the concept of continuing professional development to meet leaders’ responsibilities through coaching. Therefore, the content is personally centred on you and is progressive, linking subject matter, theory and practice.

The results the programme aims to offer you are:

  • Knowledge of how to review and build the context, strategy, culture and processes for coaching at a senior and strategic level
  • An understanding and the ability to analyse different coaching models and their impact
  • The opportunity to learn how to evaluate the effectiveness of your coaching conversations
  • The opportunity to critically review your own communication skills, emotional intelligence, interpersonal skills and values, to assess your competence as a leader coach
  • The chance to plan, deliver and review coaching conversations as part of your leadership practice

The programme aims to enable you to:

  • Implement coaching conversations in complex working environments at a senior and strategic level in your organisation which will benefit the individual, team and organisation
  • Benchmark your organisation’s approach against the latest best practice
  • Understand the measurable impact from coaching sessions carried out as part of this qualification

This postgraduate qualification is designed for senior managers who want to develop their expertise and credibility in the field of coaching as part of increasing their abilities as a leader. It may also appeal to those seeking to establish internal coaching at an organisational level.

Three face-to-face modules are supported by on-line blended learning and the establishment of an e-portfolio which forms part of the assessment.

Course structure

Induction and Module 1

Being a coach

Module 1 will enable you to establish ‘where you are now’ in relation to your knowledge of coaching through a review of prior experiences (particularly those related to a coaching approach as a leader); assessment of your knowledge and skills needs related to coaching; explore the benefits of adopting a coaching approach to individuals, leaders and the organisation and agreement of development outcomes to be achieved by the end of the programme. There will be a focus on coaching models appropriate for leadership conversations.

You will be encouraged to maintain an e-portfolio for later assessment which will encompass a learning log where reflections will be used to explore ways in which you have influenced and shaped your experiences.

Module 2

Leadership and coaching context

This module will help you to critically interpret the process, systems and enablers of coaching and to explore and critically evaluate your leadership context and where a coaching style as a leader is appropriate and beneficial.

Module 3

Coaching and leadership – enhancing your skills

This module will further develop personal skills and attributes required for you to effectively use a coaching style as a leader. In particular there will be a focus on coaching supervision to encourage resilience and well-being. Ongoing reflective practice will also be covered fully in this module.

Closing event

There will be a closing event where the results from your time on the programme will be presented including your electronic portfolio.

Dates and venue

The programme will be centred in the Birmingham area at an excellent training venue with accommodation.

International Events
Induction and module 1 part A

5-6 December 2017

Module 1 part B 7-8 February 2018
Module 2 10-11 April 2018
Module 3 5-6 June 2018
Closing event July or September 2018 (tbc)

The programme aims to enhance your ability to be able to review and build the context, strategy, culture and process for coaching at a senior and strategic level to enable effective coaching conversations.


The price for the programme including all modules, course materials and online learning is £2850* (No VAT).

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated, and may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. 

*This programme will run with a minimum cohort size of 8, and a maximum of 16 participants.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Assessment is carried out through assignments, critical reflection and an e-portfolio.

To support you to meet your identified learning needs, teaching will be centred on learning which is led by you and linked to your workplace experiences. Therefore, the module leader will be a facilitator of learning rather than a repository of all knowledge.

In order to acknowledge that a significant proportion of learning for these modules takes place in the workplace, and to meet the many demands placed on you, the modules’ learning and teaching approaches will consist of a mix of face-to-face and online activities to provide a connectedness between university and work-based learning. For example, core information may be provided via narrated PowerPoint presentations and workbooks while learning at university may encompass formative peer-feedback, learner-centric activities which fuse theoretical and practical knowledge and active learning opportunities. Consequently the number of face-to-face days for academic direction may vary according to the particular needs of the specific module, but in general academic direction will incorporate face-to-face, directed and online activities.

During the period in between modules students will be asked to make use of models coaching and leadership in their organisations/systems to enable them to link theory with practice. This use will be supported by blended learning materials in a Pebblepad workbook which expand on the earlier presented materials and structure and encourage reflection on how successful was the use of a model or technique. The Pebblepad workbook will also introduce articles pertinent to using a coaching style as leaders and ask students to critically examine their leadership practice and the extent to which these behaviours are being demonstrated.

The work-based learning element within the Programme is primarily based around your work within a relevant setting where you will be able to recognise, create and apply knowledge and skills through and for work as well as at work. This approach to learning will allow you to demonstrate knowledge and skill development relevant to your coaching for leadership role and enable you to enhance workplace practice and consider new ways of working. You will have the opportunity to discuss and evaluate learning that has occurred at, through and for work with your personal academic tutor both informally and formally throughout your learning journey.

To support the learner-centred autonomy, integration of academic study and the development of new skills and vice versa you will be required to set up and maintain an e-portfolio, for the duration of your programme. The concept of the e-portfolio will be introduced in the first module. It will encompass postgraduate skills development; workbooks; reflections related to the your personal learning and development which may include extracts from reflective learning logs or reflective learning diaries while undertaking the programme and how you are meeting your identified learning outcomes.  

In addition to a relevant first degree in health/social sciences or equivalent, learners should normally be working as a manager or leader within public services and should have access to coaching opportunities to support their studies.

To apply, please download this application form.

To find out more about the programme, please contact:

Jacqueline Fitzgerald: or 01227 921906

Bob Baker: or 07805980471

Please note that the closing date for applications is 31 October 2017.

Fact file


  • Approximately 9 months


  • December 2017

Entry requirements

  • A relevant first degree in health/social sciences or equivalent.




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