Coaching and mentoring can be used as powerful leadership skills in motivating, delegating, team development, managing change and staff engagement.


This introductory course in executive coaching and mentoring affords participants the opportunity to further their knowledge and understanding of the coaching, mentoring and other associated literature. They will also be guided in a process of exploring themselves and their motivations and creating a personal development agenda to assist them to become reflective coach/mentor practitioners.

This course can be taken individually or combined over a period of time towards a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development https://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/201819/postgraduate-certificate-of-professional-development-16046

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This course reinforces the importance of self-awareness, reflection and the development of the softer skills that are now considered to be critical to effective leadership competence.

Executive coaching is one of the most powerful change management tools available to organisations today. According to the CIPD 2010 “Coaching helps to raise performance and to align people and their goals to the organisation and cements learning and skills and is a powerful agent for cultural change and agility”.

Coaching and mentoring can be used by senior executives as powerful leadership skills in motivating, delegating, problem solving, team development, managing change, performance improvement, talent management and staff engagement. Effective coaching and mentoring are underpinned by the need for the development of a range of skills and competencies.Through this course, opportunities will be provided to learn from the experiences of businesses that have successfully implemented strategies, culture and processes for coaching and mentoring and to reflect on the skills and competencies required to become an effective and ethical coach and or mentor.

Linked programmes

PgCert Executive Leadership, MSc Executive Leadership, PgCertPD Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development,


100% coursework - (1) Written assignment (1500 - 2500 words) to evaluate the purpose of implementing coaching and or mentoring and compare and contrast how they relate to other approaches to people and performance improvement. Critically assess your role and responsibilities as a workplace coach and or mentor and how implementing a coaching and or mentoring culture could contribute to the achievement of organisational objectives and create business advantage (50%) and (2) Reflective journal (1500 - 2500 words) to reflect and review on the implementation of workplace coaching and or mentoring and use academic literature, feedback and personal reflection to assess the actions that need to be taken to enhance leadership skills and competencies as a coach and or mentor (50%).


This course requires attendance onthree consecutive days from 9.30am to 4.30pm on:

Thurs 16 May 2019

Fri 17 May 2019

Sat 18 May 2019

There is one follow-up day from 9.30am to 4.30pm on:

Thurs 30 May 2019

Entry requirements

Any undergraduate degree and 5 years + management/leadership experience.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the minimum English entrance requirements of the University and will need to provide recent evidence of this (certified within the last two years).

Most of our courses require a minimum English level of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score under 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement.

Please see details of the English language qualifications and certificates we can accept - https://www.ulster.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/177404/Other-english-language-tests-and-qualifications-2017.pdf

International applicants will also require a short-term study visa. Further information is available at https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/visa-immigration

Start dates

  • 14 May 2019
How to apply


How to apply

The following page explains the postgraduate short course application procedure:

https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply/short-courses (choose postgraduate short courses)

Start dates

  • 14 May 2019

Fees and funding

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Northern Ireland & EU:
England, Scotland, Wales
and the Islands:

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Fee waivers may be available to those who meet the eligibility criteria. More information is available from FlexEd@ulster.ac.uk


Email: FlexEd@ulster.ac.uk

Telephone: (+44) 028 9036 6680

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