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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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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)

Hear what our students have to say about their experience of studying at coaching at ICE in this short 3 minute film.


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 and study commitment


Pre-Session activity

Study Days (live Zoom sessions)



Assignment Deadline

Unit 1

Michaelmas Term

Starts 16 October 2020

2 hours pre 16 October

1 hour pre 22 October

1 hour pre 29 October

16 October (induction)

22 & 23 October

29 & 30 October


5 days of approx. 4 hours each

8 x weekly 1 hour tutorials w/c 6 November (dates & times tbc)

Access VLE materials and weekly discussions x 8 weeks

w/c 6 November

6 January 2021

Unit 2

Lent Term

Starts 4 January 2021

1 hour pre 7 January

1 hour pre 14 January

7 & 8 January

14 & 15 January


4 days of approx. 4 hours each

8 x weekly 1 hour tutorials w/c 18 January (dates & times tbc)

Access VLE materials and weekly discussions x 8 weeks w/c 18 January

31 March 2021

Unit 3

Easter Term

Starts 5 April 2021

1 hour pre 8 April

1 hour pre 15 April

8 & 9 April

15 & 16 April


4 days of approx. 4 hours each

8 x weekly 1 hour tutorials w/c 19 April (dates & times tbc)

Access VLE materials and weekly discussions x 8 weeks w/c 19 April

4 June 2021



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

16 Oct 2020 to 04 Jun 2021

Course duration

1 Year

Apply by

14 Sep 2020

Course fee


Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Qualifications / Credits

60 credits at Level 4

Course code