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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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Applications for this academic year have now closed and we are not accepting any late applications. We hope that you will consider applying to next year's cohort, which will start in October 2022. Please keep an eye on our website for applications to open around the new year. 

Listen to Dr Gill Stevens and Sally Bernham talk more about Coaching at ICE here

The Certificate in Coaching is offered as a part-time programme of study and provides students with the vital communication and inter-personal skills necessary for establishing and maintaining an effective and developmental coaching relationship.

Progression for students who have completed this course is offered in the Undergraduate Diploma in Coaching (FHEQ Level 5)

Our undergraduate courses are now being delivered entirely online, enabling students to study flexibly with the University of Cambridge from anywhere in the world.

We offer a range of tuition fee bursaries to promote access to and participation in continuing education. This includes Cambridge Thousand Futures Bursary that supports adults who have been most affected by COVID-19.


Teaching & Assessment

How will I be taught and assessed?

The content, activities and interaction for each of the three units will be taught remotely using video-based teaching platforms and an online course Virtual Learning Environment. You will have access to resources, discussion forums, and course tasks within ICE's Virtual Learning Environment. Teaching methods will include lectures, presentations by guest speakers and facilitators, interactive and experiential learning activities, reading and assignments to be completed by participants outside classroom sessions and online discussion forums.

All students are expected to take an active part in the course and submit work showing evidence of learning. Your learning will be enhanced by:

  • engaging with scheduled teaching sessions; 
  • participating in class activities and discussion;
  • undertaking reading and assignments set by the tutor;
  • accessing resources and submitting assignments through the VLE.


Course timeline 


Pre-Study Day Activity

Study Days (live Zoom sessions)

Sessions take place between 9.30 - 4.30 UK time



Assignment Deadline

Unit 1

Michaelmas Term

Starts Friday 8 October 2021 

Up to 5 hours across the unit

8 October (induction)

14 & 15 October

21 & 22 October


5 days of approx. 4 hours each

Study group tutorials for 1-hour duration each, following on from the Study Days on:

28 October

4, 11, 18 & 25 November

2, 9 & 16 December



Access VLE materials and weekly discussion forums throughout the unit

Wednesday 5 January 2022

3,000 - 3,500 word assignment 

Unit 2

Lent Term

Starts 5 January 2022 

Up to 5 hours across the unit

6 & 7 January

13 & 14 January


4 days of approx. 4 hours each

Study group tutorials for 1-hour duration each, following on from the Study Days on:

20 & 27 January

3, 10, 17 & 24 February

3 & 10 March

Access VLE materials and weekly discussion forums throughout the unit

Wednesday 23 March 2022

3,000 - 3,500 word assignment plus 
evidence of 5 hours of coaching beyond the course

Unit 3

Easter Term

Starts 28 March 2022 

Up to 5 hours across the unit

31 March & 1 April

7 & 8 April


4 days of approx. 4 hours each

Study group tutorials for 1-hour duration each, following on from the Study Days on:

14, 21 & 28 April

5, 12, 19 & 26 May

1 June

Access VLE materials and weekly discussion forums throughout the unit

 Friday 10 June 2022

3,000 - 3,500 word assignment plus 
evidence of 15 hours of coaching beyond the course



Teaching methods will include: peer coaching, demonstration coaching, role-plays, coaching simulations, case studies, small and large group discussion, and presentations. Some elements in the peer coaching will be co-tutored to provide immediate feedback and support to participants. Presentations from the facilitator will set out concepts, conceptual frameworks and theory relating to the topics to be covered; other modes of teaching and learning are designed to enable participants to achieve the stated learning aims and objectives.



Each unit is assessed by a 3,000 - 3,500 word assignment. Students are required to provide evidence of 20 hours coaching. These 20 hours can include up to 7 hours of coaching with fellow students on the course, including classroom based activities.

You will need to set aside time for independent study. Credit is generally calculated in terms of hours of study and assumes that each credit is awarded for around 10 hours of successful learning; so, by this calculation, a 60-credit course will involve around 600 hours of successful study. Examples of how study may be broken down are: pre-class preparation, classroom time (lectures, seminars, discussion, presentations, debates, case-studies etc.); engagement with the VLE; peer-to-peer interaction, preparations for assignments, assignment writing and feedback and so on.

What is the status of this qualification?

The course is taught and awarded at first-year undergraduate level (FHEQ 4) and offers 60 credits within the Higher Education Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS). This is equivalent to half of the first year of full-time undergraduate study.


Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. If your first language is not English, please refer to our Information for Applicants pages for further guidance.

Course dates

08 Oct 2021 to 10 Jun 2022

Course duration

1 Year

Apply by

06 Sep 2021

Course fee


Course director

Academic director


Virtual Classroom
(via Zoom or equivalent)

Qualifications / Credits

60 credits at FHEQ4

Course code