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Overview

The Postgraduate Certificate Coaching & Mentoring is aimed at practitioners from across public, private and voluntary sector organisations who have responsibility for learning and development and/or supporting peers and colleagues as part of their own organisational development policies. Previous participants have engaged successfully with the programme from across the field(s) of education, health, social work, further education, local authority, and other professional contexts.

In this respect, the PgCert promotes cross-sector/interagency/inter-professional working and the development of core, transferable skills appropriate for postgraduate study. Additionally, it provides an opportunity for sustained engagement with the subject; to embark on an incremental learning journey in a supportive and non-threatening environment.

All participants are required to have access to appropriate work-related opportunities within their professional context, and to reflect upon and inquire into practice during the programme, which uses through engagement with a range of practical, task-oriented material and activities.

You will explore theoretical knowledge required and issues of practical implementation and management of coaching and mentoring in organisational contexts. Depending on your workplace context, this can have an immediate impact on professional practice.

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need?

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience

If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Postgraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Academic Requirements

You will typically hold a teaching qualification or other relevant professional qualification eg. training, development, HR, and/or on-going practical experience of/responsibility for training and development and/or supporting peers and colleagues as part of their own organisational development policies.

Applications from interested professionals without a teaching or other relevant professional qualification will be considered on the basis of a first degree in a relevant area eg. training, development, HR and/or on-going practical experience of/responsibility for training and development and/or supporting peers and colleagues as specified above.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
  • PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)

 

IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5

 

TOEFL IBT

TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:

  • Reading: 17;
  • Listening: 17;
  • Speaking: 17;
  • Writing: 17

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

 

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE)

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*

  • C6 or above in English

*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.

 

Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

  • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
  • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
  • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Course details

Our course promotes cross-sector/interagency/inter-professional working and the development of core, transferable skills appropriate for postgraduate study at SCQF Level 11 (Masters).

To achieve the PgCert you must complete three (20 credit) taught core modules as follows:

  • Contextualising Coaching and Mentoring (core, 20 credits)
  • Critical self-evaluation and development (core, 20 credits)
  • Situated Professional Learning (core, 20 credits)

Teaching & Assessment

Teaching & Learning

The MEd Enhanced Educational Practice is delivered, administered and supported entirely online through Moodle, UWS's virtual learning environment.

Within Moodle, you will be required to remotely access all coursework (readings and activities) and, they will also be required to regularly engage with on-line and asynchronous communication with tutors and fellow participants (including the use of online discussion forum areas).

It should be noted that each 20 credit point Masters level module requires 200 ‘notional hours learning’. In order to assist you at this level of study, an overview of coursework aligned to key dates is provided during each module’s ‘orientation’ period; this approach is designed to enable individuals to plan and review their progress against the relevant timescales and deadlines at regular intervals throughout the module.

Assessment

A range of formative and summative assessments are applied across the programme. Assessment details are published on each module site from the start of each term together with links to further sources of support and guidance.

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

Coaching & Mentoring PgCert Course Structure

Tuition Fees

Module Fee: Education Part-time / Online Study 2019/20

Scottish & EU

£560 per module (20 credits)

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£560 per module (20 credits)

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£560 per module (20 credits)

International (Non-EU)

£1,350 per module (20 credits)

More on current & future tuition fees

Module Fee: Online version 2020/21

Scottish & EU

£560 per module (20 credits)

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£560 per module (20 credits)

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£560 per module (20 credits)

International (Non-EU)

£1,350 per module (20 credits)

More on current & future tuition fees

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.

In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.

Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses

The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.

You can also find additional information in our Postgraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.

Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Coaching & Mentoring - Additional Costs

Online access

As the MEd is delivered, administered and supported entirely online, there is an expectation that participants will have access to a reliable internet connection. Additionally, there is an expectation that participants will have regular access to an appropriate internet connected device which will enable full engagement with, and the development of, work at Masters' level; participants will need to use word processing and, on occasion, other common file formatting software packages to enable engagement with aspects of the programme. An indication of the minimum technical specification(s) is available on request.

Library & Reading Materials

Consideration of current and recent literature is required throughout the programme as a means of linking theoretical perspectives to professional practice. Set and optional reading is therefore an integral part of coursework, and participants are also expected to source additional literature which is of direct relevance to their professional context. Fully enrolled participants have access to a range of resources and services offered by UWS’ Library, and although every effort is made to supply module specific texts books in e-book format, it is not always possible. Therefore, some students may prefer to purchase their own copies of text books. Students are advised to liaise with the Course Leader when considering this course of action so as to receive advice and/or an up-to-date module reading list (as reading lists are updated regularly throughout an academic session where possible and applicable).

Tuition Fees & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as a postgraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for English, Welsh & Norther Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at postgraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find our more.

Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at postgraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find out more.

Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

Find out more.

Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

Find out more.

Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

Find out more.

Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

Find out more.

How to apply

Postgraduate courses (MA, MSc, MEd, MBA, DBA, PG Cert, PG Dip, etc.) & some Post-experience courses (CertHE, BA, Grad Cert, Grad Dip, etc.)

All students should apply directly to the University through our online application system. Before you apply, you should check that you meet our entry requirements and you should have all your supporting documents ready.

The first stage of the process is to create a profile; you don't have to complete the application in one session - you can complete it in stages by saving each section and return to complete it at a later date.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but they will close when they are full; apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

Before you begin your application, it is important to read the Postgraduate & Post-Experience application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.

 

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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