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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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The Diploma in Coaching is offered as a part-time programme of study and allows students to further develop their skills in coaching. The programme provides students with the knowledge, skills and confidence required to provide effective coaching interventions in a range of environments.

Students who have studied on this course often progress to apply for Masters level study at University.


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

Up to 5 hours across the unit

22 October (induction)

29 & 30 October

5 & 6 November


5 days of approx. 4 hours each

7 x weekly 1 hour tutorials from 12 November

Access VLE materials and weekly discussions x 9 weeks w/c 26 October

6 January 2021

Unit 2

Lent Term

Starts 4 January 2021

Up to 5 hours across the unit

14 & 15 January

21 & 22 January


4 days of approx. 4 hours each

8 x weekly 1 hour tutorials from 28 January

Access VLE materials and weekly discussions x 10 weeks w/c 11 January

31 March 2021

Unit 3

Easter Term

Starts 5 April 2021

Up to 5 hours across the unit

8 & 9 April

15 & 16 April


4 days of approx. 4 hours each

7 x weekly 1 hour tutorials from 22 April

Access VLE materials and weekly discussions x 9 weeks w/c 5 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 3,500 - 4,000 word assignment. Students are required to provide evidence of 40 hours coaching beyond the course.


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 second-year undergraduate level (FHEQ 5) and offers 60 credits within the Higher Education Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS). This is equivalent to half of the second 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


Course director


Virtual Classroom
(via Zoom or equivalent)

Qualifications / Credits

60 credits at FHEQ5

Course code