The University of Wolverhampton

MACoaching and Mentoring

Why choose this course?

The MA Coaching and Mentoring will give you the opportunity to take your coaching and mentoring studies to another level, giving you the chance to develop a more critical understanding of the concepts and theoretical frameworks that underpin your practice and its impact on the wider context.

This exciting and contemporary programme provides you with the knowledge and skills to become an effective professional coach and mentor working within a variety of organisational contexts.

Your studies will give you the underpinning theory of the key tools, techniques and models available and will encourage you to consider what may work best in different contexts. Evidence-based discussions and opportunities to put theory into practice will allow you to enhance your professional practice. It will raise your self-awareness of your own coaching and mentoring skills and in doing so will build on your strengths and capabilities.

You will also be developing your academic and research skills further through a large research project, which is a great opportunity to put some of the theory and practical skills you have learnt on this course directly into action.

Typically, students that study this course with us go on to develop their own coaching and mentoring practices, introduce related schemes within their businesses and use their enhanced skills within both professional and personal contexts.

What happens on the course?

Typical modules studied include:

Developing Your Coaching and Mentoring Practice

You will be given the opportunity to develop and improve your own coaching and mentoring knowledge, skills, competencies and attitudes using the current theory and research as a benchmark. This will help you to reflect, consolidate and enhance your coaching and mentoring skills further.

Principles and Theories in Relation to Coaching and Mentoring

This module aims to provide you with a critical understanding of the underpinning theory and differing perspectives in relation to the practice of learning, coaching and mentoring.

The Reflective Practitioner

During this module, you will be given the chance to examine your own coaching and mentoring experiences and take the necessary action based on reflection. It requires you to reflect critically on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint, explore the implications for professional practice, and ultimately provides opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development.

Exploring Different Coaching and Mentoring Processes

Students will gain an insight into learning and developmental processes in the workplace, and the diverse uses of coaching and mentoring. A variety of contexts and clients are considered throughout, together with the importance of measuring the impacts and outcomes of these processes.

Advanced Studies in Developing Your Coaching and Mentoring Practice

This module aims to provide you with further support and challenges in relation to your own professional coaching and mentoring practice. It puts particular emphasis on relationship building and action planning, leading to development of your own personal, innovative approach to coaching and mentoring.

Designing, Delivering and Evaluating Coaching and Mentoring

You will have the opportunity to make connections between all the theory and practice from all your other coaching and mentoring modules. It is a chance to examine how best to design, deliver and evaluate coaching and mentoring in a variety of different contexts.

Independent Business Analysis Project

This module requires you to present a project demonstrating a range of intellectual and practical skills, using and synthesising information, carrying out an application-oriented research project within a coaching and mentoring context, and identifying the implications of your findings.

Why Wolverhampton?

Coaching and mentoring is an increasingly popular discipline in the field of human resource development and is being recognised by many organisations as a more efficient and effective way of recognising and developing the potential of their employees.

Past students and external examiners have always given excellent feedback about the course content, delivery, the supportiveness of all Tutors and the high-quality blended learning support.

Previous students often mention the ‘excellent blend of teaching methods and delivery’ and that ‘the Action Learning Sets work extremely well.’ External examiners also consistently state that ‘there are a good mix of assessments and that the practical assessments are very appropriate for coaching and mentoring practitioners.’

If you are coaching/mentoring at a senior, strategic and/or Executive level you are able to take the the ILM (level 7) in Executive Coaching and Mentoring at the same time as your Postgraduate Certificate/first year of the Masters in Coaching and Mentoring. (Students wishing to pursue this additional award are required to pay a small administration fee).

What our students think

Amanda TombsAmanda Tombs, MA Coaching and Mentoring graduate

Amanda studied for the MA Coaching and Mentoring on a block-release basis – meaning study was undertaken on several batches of Friday, Saturday and Sundays over the duration of the course.

“I chose to study at the University of Wolverhampton because it was considered the best in this field of work and its location meant it was close to home. It was a wonderful experience from start to finish. The tutors were so accessible and friendly. They were really encouraging and totally put us at ease.

“The workshops were facilitated by excellent tutors who were passionate about their subject and encouraged high levels of interaction and participation, making it that much more interesting. If you needed assistance they were always there to help.”

As well as the academic support, Amanda found her peers on the course a source of support.

“The personalities helped since we all gelled together and provided one another with support and encouragement.”

Amanda worked full-time throughout studying and has applied the knowledge and skills she has gained throughout the programme to her work.

“The course has given me the platform to help drive coaching through my organisation, having just written up the coaching strategy/framework.”

Career path

On completion of the award, you will be able to operate more effectively as a coach or mentor within your current role. Typical careers of Coaching and Mentoring graduates include managerial positions, trainer, developer, organisational behaviour consultant or as an advanced/master practitioner within a related field. You can seek to further your career both within the coaching and mentoring field and within the management and leadership arena too.

Following the MA programme, successful graduates may also apply for individual accreditation with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) at Master Practitioner level.

What skills will you gain?

1. Critically reflect and evaluate their own professional coaching and mentoring practice

2. Identify and examine the diverse underpinning theories and differing perspectives in relation to coaching and mentoring

3. Synthesise and critically reflect upon theory from a range of sources including other modules and relate this to professional practice

4. Critically evaluate different coaching and mentoring models, frameworks, tools and techniques essential for effective practice

5. Evaluate and develop their own innovative approaches towards a range of clients, contexts and organisations

6. Synthesise relevant critical thinking through academic, research informed/evidence-based research

Who accredits this course?

We have excellent partnerships with industry and strong links with professional bodies such as the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM).The University is an ILM approved centre.

Entry requirements

  • Two years actively working as a Coach or Mentor, or five years in a relevant role, for example a supervisory, management or HR role, actively using coaching and mentoring skills
  • A first or second class undergraduate honours degree from a UK university or overseas equivalent, or a professional qualification and/or experience considered to be equivalent to the above.
  • An NVQ or SVQ Level Four in a related subject specific area (level 6/7 on new framework).
  • A HND/HNC in a related subject area plus two years relevant organisational experience.

If English is not the applicant’s first language they will need to have an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, or evidence of English proficiency equivalent to these scores.

Students may apply for accreditation of prior learning (APL) subject to the guidelines set out in the UWBS APL Handbook. APL includes accreditation of prior certificated learning and /or accreditation of prior experiential learning.

Applications are also invited under the widening participation agenda from individuals who do not possess the above experience or qualifications but who may have significant organisational experience. In such cases, students will need to demonstrate at least 8 years relevant organisational experience. Exceptional cases (not directly meeting the criteria above) will be considered on an individual basis.

Admission to the programme will be based on an evaluation of the applicant’s previous and current coaching and mentoring experiences and their ability to contribute to, benefit from and achieve the award.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Part time £3,645

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

Postgraduate Loans: A new system of loans for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England is being introduced from September 2016. The loans will provide a non means-tested loan of up to £10,000 for Masters degrees in all subject areas and modes of study. More information can be found at

Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number [4413]. A PCDL is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites, or Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount ( If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund ( for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at


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