‘Being’ or ‘becoming’ an effective coach and/or mentor only works if the individual has the opportunity to use the skills, apply the knowledge and develop/enhance appropriate attributes and dispositions. Therefore, the programme has been carefully designed to provide participants with an opportunity for sustained engagement with the subject; to embark on an incremental learning journey in a supportive and non-threatening environment within which they will explore the body of theoretical knowledge required and issues of practical implementation and management of coaching and mentoring in workplace contexts.
The programme comprises of three modules; each module is calibrated at Level 11 within the Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework, is worth 20 SCOTCAT credit points and requires 200 ‘notional student effort hours’ as befitting a Masters level programme of study.
To achieve the Pg. Certificate award, individuals must successfully complete and pass all three modules in the order outlined below.Critical Self-evaluation and Development
This module serves as the core foundation and induction module for the Pg. Certificate Coaching and Mentoring. Structured around a number of topics, each of which introduces a number of related and inter-related themes, the module provides participants with a critical introduction to the principles and methods of (personal and) professional development planning as a vehicle for enhancing impact on the (life-long) learning process in the context(s) of self and others e.g. learners, colleagues, and organisations. Participants will critically reflect on the development of their own professional values, beliefs and identity and undertake a process of self-appraisal and target-setting against relevant professional competence based standards (or equivalent) and the needs/expectations of their employer. All of which will form the basis of planning a personal route for professional development within the Pg. Certificate Coaching and Mentoring.Situated Professional Learning
This module will initially require participants to engage with and critically evaluate current literature and theories of situated professional learning (e.g. Knowles, Lave and Wenger; instructional initiatives; collaborative and cooperative models, personal and professional models of learning) and, in doing so, identify and develop (and ultimately apply) relevant strategies which lead to effective and appropriate innovation/change in the professional development of peers/colleagues (and as these relate to current and future national initiatives, professional standards and requirements within the individual’s professional context). Participants will then explore a range of espoused theories/models associated with the full coaching and mentoring continuum e.g. GROW, OSCAR, AS, LEAP, traditional versus non-traditional and emergent models of mentoring, before identifying (and ultimately testing out) an appropriate model within their respective professional context.Contextualising Coaching and Mentoring
This module is primarily focussed on the critical exploration of the process and practice of coaching and/or mentoring within an organisational context. In doing so, it provides opportunities for participants to customise their learning in relation to planned and structured engagement with a work related coaching/mentoring activity and to develop their practice in the light of reading and other agreed (and appropriate) activities. Participants will confirm the nature and scope of the coaching/mentoring activity to be undertaken (to include clearly defined outcomes and reference to professional relevance) and, having engaged with the relevant activity, participants will then review and conduct a systematic evaluation of the impact of any changes discerned during the coaching/mentoring activity; on both a personal and professional basis (demonstrating how their activity links to local and/or national priorities in their professional context).Duration
The modules listed above are all assigned to a specific trimester and cannot be taken outside of the relevant trimester. This means that a participant will complete the Postgraduate Certificate in approximately 18 months.Progression/Professional Recognition
Individuals who successfully pass all three modules will be eligible for the award of Pg. Certificate Coaching and Mentoring.
In the event an individual wishes to build on this initial award by continuing with a further programme of study towards a Pg. Diploma/M.Ed, then they may engage with the processes as set out via Regulation 6 of the UWS Regulatory Framework (Regulations for the Admission of Students: 6.7 Recognition of Prior Learning); completion of further modules could provide the individual with an opportunity to seek professional recognition/update (3-18 Scottish education sector only).