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  • Entry requirements
    The general aim of the Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring Supervision programme is to provide professionals with the knowledge and advanced cognitive and attitudinal skills necessary to undertake coaching supervision in professional contexts. Typical participants include coach supervisors; freelance coaches and consultants; mentor co-ordinators; counsellors; senior managers; and training, human resource development or leadership professionals from across a range of public and private sector organisations. Admission is normally open to those with a good honours degree in a relevant subject, plus three years' coaching or mentoring experience. For applicants whose first language is not English, a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 is required.
  • Academic Title
    Postgraduate Certificate Coaching and Mentoring Supervision
  • Course description

    To support the growth of coaching and mentoring many associations now suggest an ethical code of conduct for their members, and that code often requires an undertaking on the part of the coach to be in supervision. For example, the European Mentoring and Coaching Council states in its code of ethics: 'A coach/mentor must maintain a relationship with a suitably qualified supervisor, who will regularly assess their competence and support their development'. Similarly, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has drawn up guidelines for purchasers of coaching that insist on practitioners being able to articulate what formal supervision arrangements they currently have in place (Jarvis, J. 2004, Coaching and buying coaching services: a guide, London: CIPD). The Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring Supervision is aimed at experienced practitioners who are seeking to gain the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for development as a coaching or mentoring supervisor.
    Course content

    The course comprises two modules:
    Psychology for Supervision in Coaching and Mentoring (single module, runs September to December)

    Topics covered include:

        * models of helping relationship
        * organisational psychology for coaching supervision
        * supervising psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural and humanistic dimensions of coaching and mentoring
        * cognitive-developmental dimension of helping practices
        * making sense of the variety of psychological approaches in supervision
        * boundaries between psychotherapy/counselling and coaching/mentoring as an issue of supervision.

    Supervision Practice in Coaching and Mentoring (double module, runs September - May)

    Topics covered include:

        * key functions of supervision; supervision models, types and modalities, including group supervision, online supervision; ethical and legal issues in supervision relationship issues, organisational issues and awareness, understanding diversity in supervision
        * the Practicum: group and individual supervision, creating and maintaining the supervision relationship in a chosen context.

    Assessment is based on 100% coursework. Assessment tasks involve consideration of real supervision in your own setting and the relationship to wider theoretical issues and diverse contexts.
    Teaching, learning and assessment

    The programme is designed to be undertaken on a part-time basis over 12 months and is delivered through a series of monthly one-day seminars held in Oxford. There are also regular online discussions and workshops to support learning at a distance, thus making the programme very suitable for people in full-time employment.


    Teaching staff have particular research interests and expertise in coaching and mentoring and related fields and are drawn primarily from the Business School and the Westminster Institute of Education. Visiting speakers from business and industry provide further input.

    The reputation of the Business School is underpinned through membership of and programme accreditations received from the Association of MBAs, the Association of Business Schools, and professional associations such as the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and the European Foundation for Management Development. The Business School is, therefore, widely regarded as one of the best within its peer group.

    The Business School's programmes benefit from rigorous quality assurance procedures and regularly receive excellent feedback from external examiners, employers, students and professional bodies. In 2005, Business and Management achieved 'Broad Confidence', the best possible result, in the discipline audit trail as part of the Quality Assurance Agency Institutional Audit.

    Many students who graduate from Business School programmes go on to achieve high status in the industry of their choice.

    The Business School has an active programme of research based around six key research areas:

        * Accounting, Governance and Information Management
        * Economics and Strategy
        * Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism Management
        * Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour
        * Marketing and Operations Management
        * Pedagogy

    The School maintains a rigorous and dynamic doctoral programme leading to the higher degrees of MPhil and PhD. Postgraduate students join a supportive, friendly and multicultural research environment.

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