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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.



How will I be taught and assessed?

This is a blended Certificate and the content, activities and interaction for each of the three units are both online and face-to-face. You will have access to resources, discussion forums, and course tasks within ICE Online. 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. Additional 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.

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.

All students are expected to take an active part in the course and submit work showing evidence of learning. In particular, you will be expected in each unit to:

  • attend the scheduled workshops;
  • participate actively in class work;
  • undertake reading and assignments set by the tutor;
  • access resources and submit assignments through, the Institute’s Virtual Learning Environment.

Certificate or Diploma level?

Our Certificate course provides students with fundamental knowledge and a strong foundation for further study in the subject area of Coaching and provides excellent ground work for those wishing to go on to take our Diploma course.

The Certificate and Diploma courses have been designed to provide a progression path for your Coaching studies. The Diploma is suitable for those who have successfully completed the Certificate course or who have an FHEQ level 4 or equivalent qualification in Coaching or a very closely related subject area.

If you are still unsure please refer to our Coaching qualifications decision Tree document or our Coaching FAQs for more information.

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

25 Sep 2017 to 31 Jul 2018

Course duration

1 year(s)

Apply by

04 Sep 2017

Course fee


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


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ

Qualifications / Credits

60 credits at Level 4

Teaching sessions

Meetings: 12

Course code