Introduction to Mentoring and Coaching


Increasingly, organisations see the benefits of mentoring and coaching as a way to develop individuals in line with organisational objectives. Mentoring and coaching skills can be used by line managers and trainers as a way to support and develop staff.

This course is suitable for anyone wishing to gain personal knowledge, understanding and skills of mentoring and coaching, with a view to applying these skills to their practice. It is also appropriate for managers and others who wish to consider whether this approach is appropriate for introduction into their organisations.

You will develop your understanding of well-researched approaches, techniques and frameworks and develop your mentoring and coaching skills. We will explore key principles and processes such as confidentiality, values and ethics and support you to consider them in your practice.

Duration, attendance and delivery

The course usually lasts approximately 10 weeks. The blended learning structure consists of online learning, workshops, tutorials, self-study, reflection, application of learning at work and the completion of assessment tasks.


At the end of the course you will undertake an assessment. This is a work based assessment rather than a theory based essay. Typically you will be required to apply what you have learnt to your practice, evaluating concepts for their applicability and usefulness.

The assessment format may be a written exercise, in-class presentation, project report or another appropriate method. A written piece would be around 2000 words in length.

Entry requirements

You will need to be in a work role (paid or unpaid) which allows you the scope to put the concepts learned into practice. There are no formal qualification requirements for entry; we assess suitability on each individual application.

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