Postgraduate Certificate in Executive Coaching
Frequently Asked Questions:
o Why should I choose Strathclyde’s course?
o What is the Course Timetable for 2010-11?
o Where will the course be based?
o How many participants will the course have?
o What will I have to do to complete the course successfully?
o Is it necessary to attend all the Teaching and Learning
o Will there be supervised review of my Coaching Practice?
o How is assessed Course Work managed?
o Is there a deadline for applying?
o How do I make an application?
o What will it cost, and what is included in the fee?
o Who do I contact if I have any further queries?
Why should I choose Strathclyde’s course?
The group starting in October 2010 will be the sixth group to take the
programme. The course has been designed with reference to emerging
professional standards, a process in the UK being led by the European
Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC).
We have the EMCC European Quality Award for a level 7 practitioner for this
programme, awarded in July 2008.
The programme offers you:
o a qualification from a business school with national, international and
professionally recognised accreditations
o a course with a clear and strong commitment to an academic identity
for professional development
o contact with members of a course team with experience and credibility,
and participation in learning among colleagues of a high standard
The quality of teaching and learning in Strathclyde Business School is
recognised and accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools
of Business (http://www.aacsb.edu) and EQUIS
Course Timetable 2010
The course will commence in October 2010. There will be three modules, with
the following teaching and learning periods;
o Module 1 will have teaching and learning periods over Friday/Saturday
8th/9th October and 19th/20th November 2010
o Module 2 will have teaching and learning periods over Friday/Saturday
17th/18th December 2010 and 21st/22nd January 2011
o Module 3 will have a teaching and learning residential event held over
the period 11-13th March 2011
On successful completion of all modules and assessments you will be able to
graduate in summer 2011.
Where will the course be based?
The course will based in the University of Strathclyde, usually in facilities in
the business school in Glasgow. This is ideally situated for easy access from
main rail stations, Glasgow Airport and the motorway system. There will also
be a period in an appropriate residential venue as part of Module 3.
How many participants will the course have?
The programme has small cohort sizes, normally with a maximum of 15
learners on each course. This is the optimum number of learners for the
intensive and extensive professional development we are aiming to facilitate.
What will I have to do to complete the course successfully?
This course is for those who are highly motivated to develop careers in
coaching, with a commitment to their own continuing personal development.
To complete the course you are normally required to:
o attend at the teaching and learning weekends and residential event
o participate in supervised review of coaching practice
o submit all assessed work to a pass standard
Is it necessary to attend all the Teaching and Learning
There are several important reasons reinforcing the value of attending the
taught elements of this course. The course is structured to make it accessible
to people throughout the UK and beyond. Contact and interaction with tutors,
guest speakers, colleagues and others will be a major benefit of the course.
And assessments are grounded in the teaching and learning managed on the
taught parts of the course.
If circumstances arise which create difficulties with this, the course director
will liaise with you as necessary to resolve any issues about attending
teaching and learning periods.
Will there be supervised review of my Coaching Practice?
Yes. Learning from reviewing current and live experience is a major source of
knowledge and skill in fields like coaching. A central feature of
professionalisation is an active and ongoing reflection on relationships and
learning. For these reasons there is great value in including supervision of
your live and current coaching practice.
The course team will arrange to allocate to you a coaching supervisor, and
supply guidance about expectations and boundaries around that. You will,
though, be expected to access coaching relationships on which to be
How is assessed Course Work managed?
Successful completion of assessments is required to complete the course and
gain the qualification. This will normally mean completing written work for
each module. Each module will have formal assessment associated with it,
whose fulfilment should help advance your learning and indicate to the
assessor possession or development of the requisite knowledge and skills.
There is no exam for any of the modules on this course.
Should problems arise with meeting a deadline for submitting course work you
may contact the module director to request an extension.
Should you fail to meet the pass standard on any piece of work you will be
given the opportunity to re-submit that piece of work once.
Is there a deadline for applying?
Applications should be submitted by 24 September 2010.
How do I make an application?
To submit an application, you need to complete the standard University
application form, along with the supporting documentation specified on that
form. These include references and evidence to support sponsorship where
On receipt, your application will be reviewed by the course director and team,
and you could then be contacted to arrange for an interview. That may be
either by telephone or in person if that is appropriate.
The course team will consider all applications and inform you of the decision
as soon as possible.
What will it cost, and what is included in the fee?
The course fee for 2010 will be £5,100
The fee you pay covers all the day delegate costs of teaching, learning,
supervision, course materials, and access to university services including the
library, and administration of your course. It also includes the accommodation
costs of the residential event in Module 3.
Travel and any other costs you may incur are not covered. We can, however,
help advise you on options for accommodation in the local area for the
Who do I contact if I have any further queries?
Please contact the course secretary, Jean Nelson, on
firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any other queries.