Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

Combining academic study with practical application and skill development, this Postgraduate Certificate is the essential starting place for experienced managers who wish to understand the role of professional helping relationships at work, and their impact in and out of organisations.

Organisations have woken up to the fact that most employees need some additional perspective to help them be successful in their roles. Coaching as an intervention to address this has grown exponentially. Some pertinent questions remain, and need reflection: Why has coaching emerged now? Why is it seen to be so relevant? How can we tell when/if it works? Is it different from counselling and psychotherapy? Are certain types of coaching more effective, under certain conditions, with certain people?

You will be introduced to the history and variety of coaching and helping relationships, review a range of coaching techniques and discuss their relevance and efficacy, and consider pertinent issues that face the contemporary coach.

Using case studies and client work you will have the opportunity to analyse and understand your own work through a range of lenses, allowing for different interpretations. You will learn to supervise effectively, explore different responses and reflect on the coaching relationship process. Issues that are often overlooked, such as ethics, change, boundaries and defences, are highlighted. Rather than looking at coaching in isolation, you will consider it in the context of evidence frameworks, organisational systems and practices, and organisations as political arenas.

TEACHING

Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading. Seminars give you the chance to explore a specific aspect of your subject in depth and to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students. They typically require preparatory study.

CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY

Graduates go on to careers in coaching, psychology, human resources and business. Possible professions include career coach, occupational psychologist, or human resources officer. This degree can also be useful in becoming a careers adviser.

Start Date:

One evening a week.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Part Time Evening
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert £3,780 Home Fees
1 year
Part Time Evening
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert £5,780 Overseas Fees
1 year
Part Time Evening
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert £3,780 European Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: A second-class honours degree in any discipline, or sufficient experience of helping relationships and/or people-oriented activities, such as extensive line management experience.
  • International entry requirements: A second-class honours degree in any discipline, or sufficient experience of helping relationships and/or people-oriented activities, such as extensive line management experience. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.