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Graduate Certificate in Professional Coaching

This course is available


Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma


17 weeks

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Southern Institute of Technology


The aim of the Graduate Certificate in Professional Coaching is to provide students who already have a degree, or extensive applicable experience, with advanced theoretical and applied knowledge in a specialised field, which can be used in professional practice or further advanced study in this area.

The programme offers a blend of theoretical and practical learning, with an emphasis on applied knowledge and skill. High importance is placed on the development of professional coaching skills (such as communication, presentation, interpersonal and problem solving skills) in addition to the development of specific professional coaching knowledge.

You will learn to:

  • Analyse strategic issues facing the emerging profession of professional coaching and its role in various contemporary environments.
  • Use standards of professional coaching ethics to enable the development of the professional coaching and effective management relationship.
  • Solve problems, both independently and as part of a team.

This programme is suitable for professionals working in areas of social development (teachers, trainers, consultants, HR professionals), social support services (social workers, nurses, therapist), and service industries with a strong client orientation (e.g. tourism and hospitality).

Course Content

Compulsory Papers

  • MGT725 Role of Professional Coaching (15 credits)
  • MGT726 Professional Coaching Relationships and Environment (15 credits)
  • MGT727 Professional Coaching Tools (15 credits)

Student must complete one of the following two elective papers:

  • MGT627 (MGT233) Life and Career Coaching (15 credits) (Note: Successful completion of MGT725 is a pre-requisite for this paper)
  • MGT628 (MGT234) Executive and SME Coaching (15 credits) (Note: Successful completion of MGT725 is a pre-requisite for this paper)

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be qualified to work in a range of employment sectors, from small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through to engagement in larger, more complex enterprises, or as self-employed consultants.

Satisfactory Completion

In order to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Professional Coaching, students will have been credited with all required papers and electives as specified in the schedule of papers. The total credit value of the Graduate Certificate in Professional Coaching is 60 credits.

Entry criteria

Applicants must have obtained at least an undergraduate degree in any discipline.

Mature Applicants: Applicants must supply at least three years relevant work experience. Each mature applicant must provide their curriculum vitae detailing any relevant work experience and academic achievements. The Programme Manager will use this information to assess whether the applicant is likely to successfully complete the Graduate Certificate programme.

English Language Requirements

Applicants, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having achieved one of the following:

  • IELTS test – Academic score of 6, with no band score lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) – Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) – Score of 60 (with a writing score of 20)
  • Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2 First for schools or C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42
  • Language Cert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

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