PgCert Coaching and Mentoring

Start date(s)

September 2021

Study mode

Part-time (1 year)

Tuition fees 21/22

Home (per credit): £40.28

About this course

This dynamic programme appeals to practitioners in education, learning and development and to those working in roles where coaching and mentoring are key assets.

  • Next intake is September 2021
  • Study on a programme suited to a wide range of professional roles in areas such as education, nursing, social care, policing and more
  • Explore and critique models and theories of coaching and develop your understanding and confidence as a mentor/coach
  • Learn from practice-informed academics
  • Enjoy a rich learning environment with a diverse range of fellow students
  • Develop the skills required to work in multi-professional, inter-agency and global contexts
  • Fit your studies around your work and home life
  • Undertake work relevant assessments

Focusing first on self reflection, then on partnership in practice and finally in wider group work, this transformative programme is rooted in soft skills and communication methods.

All too often key skills such as listening, questioning, providing feedback and reading body language are overlooked, impeding our ability to mentor or coach successfully. This programme features three modules which explore self reflection and action thus enabling you to assess your existing skills and build on them to move forward.


Male student in Avril Library talking to friendsThe programme develops your understanding of traditional and modern coaching and mentoring theories and is informed by practice and research in the field. You will challenge the way you work with colleagues and other stakeholders including service users and will evaluate new ideas, applying additional techniques to your own practice.

Enabling you to enrich and develop key skills and knowledge, the programme promotes career progression. This will enable you to improve your people development skills, take a more effective leadership stance in your practice, expand into a leadership role or strengthen your CV.

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students


The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to use your own)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)

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  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

Enhancing your employability and career progression is at the very heart of this programme. During your studies you will benefit from our strong, established relationships with employers in education and other fields, building a network of key contacts for the future.

Roles in leadership and management often demand coaching and mentoring knowledge and skills. This programme provides a recognised qualification for entry to high quality leadership programmes. On completing the course you will be able to enter or progress your career in sectors where developing people is central to practice and organisational performance.

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Those who want to take their studies to the next level may wish to progress to a Masters in Education; Leadership in Education or Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disability at LJMU.

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

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Core Modules

Mentoring in the Workplace
20 credits

The aim of this module is to expand your knowledge and understanding of mentoring through learning based on engagement with current theory, research, policy and practice. It helps you to develop critical professional practice through analysis of reflection on and engagement with this knowledge and understanding in a professional setting.

Developing Mentoring and Coaching
20 credits

The aim of this module is to expand your knowledge and understanding of mentoring and coaching through learning based on engagement with current educational theory, research, policy and practice. It develops your critical professional practice through the analysis of reflection on and engagement with this knowledge and understanding.

Developing Collaborative Coaching for Improvement
20 credits

This module will expand your knowledge and understanding of organisations in an educational context through learning based on engagement with current educational theory, research, policy and practice. It aims to develop critical professional practice through analysis of reflection on practice.


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

To enable you to fit your learning around employment and other commitments, teaching will take place in weekly two or three hour twilight sessions.

Teaching methods

The emphasis on lecturer-led face-to-face sessions on this programme enables you to build an effective learning community with your fellow students. You will attend workshops, seminars and tutorials as well as using online learning tools. You will share good practice with your fellow students, get involved in lots of practical sessions and use existing theoretical frameworks to identify the approaches that work for you.

Applied learning

There is a significant practical element to the programme with participants practising their mentoring and coaching skills in face-to-face University sessions and also applying their learning in the workplace during their studies.

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How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

Assessment methods on the programme cater for different learning styles. The first module is assessed by a reflective presentation on professional practice with the other two assessed via reports and essays.

Course tutors

Debbie Duncalf

Debbie Duncalf

Programme Leader

Having originally trained and worked in the secondary education sector, Debbie moved to LJMU and worked with postgraduate students in both ITT and Masters studies. She currently teaches across a number of programmes and also leads on school-based research projects throughout the North west.

I get great satisfaction from making a difference and supporting students and practitioners to impact their practice and further their professional development.

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

Based in IM Marsh Campus, the School of Education benefits from independent study spaces with IT facilities, a cafeteria and shop, a fitness room and access to student welfare and support. In addition to these facilities, you will find high quality meeting and seminar rooms and lecture theatres and an on-site library.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a minimum 2:2 Honours degree
  • a current practitioner role
  • a reference from your current employer
Additional information
  • IELTS score of 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in each component) or equivalent
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Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

View country specific entry requirements

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

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Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.

Applications are considered by the Programme Leader and at least one other programme tutor. They are assessed on your application form and two references (one of which needs to be from a current employer). You may be invited to interview.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

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