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ILM Level 5 Certificate in Effective Coaching and Mentoring

Southwark Campus

Mode: Part-time

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Please note, this course will be delivered virtually. New delivery dates for 2021/2022 have been added.

A skilled coach or mentor is an invaluable asset to any organisation. As well as increasing confidence and motivation, ILM’s coaching and mentoring qualifications improve management performance, conflict resolution and communication and interpersonal skills.

This course will cover a combination of theory, practice and evaluation, linked to the online materials, with a significant element of coaching practice. This will involve participants working in threes, playing the roles of coach, coachee and observer. Topics will draw from progress in the online learning and will cover:

LSBU Business School is based at 103 Borough Rd, London SE1 0AA.

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LSBU Croydon is based at Electric House 3 Wellesley Rd, Croydon CR0 2NW.

Principles and practices of coaching and mentoring

  • What is coaching? What is mentoring?
  • Coaching and mentoring competencies
  • What kind of coaching or mentoring programme?
  • The coaching or mentoring conversation
  • Overcoming barriers
  • How does organisational context affect coaching or mentoring?
  • Measuring the impact of coaching or mentoring
  • Making the business case

The framework for coaching and mentoring

  • The coaching or mentoring plan
  • The coaching contract
  • A safe and confidential environment
  • Goals and expectations
  • Managing resources
  • Learning and development resources
  • Record keeping
  • Supervision

The coaching or mentoring contract in practice

  • Programme design
  • Putting the contract in place
  • Commitment to record keeping and review

Effective and ethical management coaching and mentoring

  • Trust
  • Ethics
  • Diversity matters
  • Learning styles and preferences
  • Communication theory
  • Listening
  • Questioning
  • Language and perspectives
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Giving and receiving feedback

Reflective practice

  • Coaching and mentoring practice
  • Learning from feedback
  • Reflective practice


  • Strengths and weaknesses
  • The coaching and mentoring spectrum
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Personal preferences
  • Support networks

The contribution of management coaching and mentoring

  • Meeting client learning and development needs
  • Evaluating effectiveness

Reviewing the coaching or mentoring relationship

  • Working with management clients
  • Professional networks and peer mentoring
  • Working with management clients – your development journey


There are four assessments and a portfolio of practice associated with the work undertaken by participants with coachees and / or mentees. ILM have specified these. They relate to practical outputs that can be used in a workplace situation.

The four assessments are:

  • Development of content for a coaching or mentoring guidance manual
  • A proposal for delivery of a coaching or mentoring programme
  • Development or material for a Procedures Manual for delivery of a coaching or mentoring programme
  • A personal evaluation and development of a PDP


Our latest research has found that coaching and mentoring can positively impact the workplace in a variety of ways:

  • Stronger teams
  • Support for talented employees
  • Improved ability to align to the organisation’s culture and ethos with employees’
  • A more inclusive culture
  • Improved employee satisfaction scores
  • Improved staff retention

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.


Business graduates association member

LSBU Business School is an esteemed member institution of the Business Graduates Association (BGA), an international membership and quality assurance body of world-leading and high-potential Business Schools who share a commitment for responsible management practices and lifelong learning, and are looking to provide positive impact on their students, communities, and the economy as a whole. BGA is the sister brand to the Association of MBAs (AMBA), the world's impartial authority on postgraduate management education.

As a BGA member institution, students of LSBU Business School are able to access BGA's individual membership, which offers a range of tools and resources designed to support the professional and personal development of business students and graduates, free of charge. This includes CV building services, a job search function, skill assessments, thought-leadership, partner discounts and much more.

Teaching and learning


Induction workshop

5 October 2021

6.30pm – 9pm

Course Induction Enrolment

5 October


Submission – Induction Reflective Review

18 October


Enrolment - Theme One – Principles and Practiceof effective coaching & mentoring

18 October


Workshop 1 - Coaching and mentoring in context - Room

19 October

6.30pm – 9pm

Workshop 2 - Framework for coaching and mentoring - Room K402

26 October

6.30pm – 9pm

Workshop 3 - The coaching / mentoring contract - Room K402

2 November

6.30pm – 9pm

Submission – Guidance Manual

15 November


Enrolment - Theme Two – Undertaking Effective Coaching and Mentoring

15 November


3 optional coaching skills workshops x 45 mins

16 Nov, 23 Nov and 30 Nov


Group supervision 1

7 December

6:30pm - 8.30pm

Workshop 1 - Effective and ethical coaching / mentoring - Room K402

11 January 2022

6.30pm – 9pm

Workshop 2 - Reflective / coaching practice - Room K402

18 January

6.30pm – 9pm

Submission - Training proposal

24 January


Workshop 3 - Self appraisal / supervision - Room K402

25 January

6.30pm – 9pm

Workshop 4 - Reflective practice / supervision - Room K403

1 February

6.30pm – 9pm

Submission – Portfolio – Executive Summary

* Note: to be submitted once 18 hours of coaching practice have been achieved


Group supervision 2

8 February


Enrolment - Theme Three – Reviewing your Practice as a coach or mentor

14 February


Workshop 1 - The contribution of coaching and mentoring - Room K402

22 February

6.30pm – 9pm

Workshop 2 - Reviewing coaching / mentoring relationship - Room K402

1 March

6.30pm – 9pm

Submission – Personal Evaluation and PDP

7 March


Workshop 3 - Working with management clients - Room K402

8 March

6.30pm – 9pm

Submission – Procedures Manual

21 March

Entry requirements

The course is for:

  • Managers with significant responsibility for effective coaching and mentoring as part of their daily role within an organisational context
  • Aspirational or early career freelance coaches or mentors
  • Individuals aspiring to take up coaching or mentoring as part of their role

This programme is aimed at anyone who undertakes coaching and/or mentoring in their workplace or who wishes to develop coaching and or mentoring within their organisation.

The Level 5 qualification is ideal for managers with significant responsibility for coaching and mentoring as part of their day-to-day role working with employees and colleagues. It is also designed to develop learners planning to move into a development role or start a career as a freelance coach or mentor offering coaching and mentoring to people within work settings. This is aimed at those who are offering or wish to offer coaching/mentoring at an operational level within organisations or as an external coach or mentor.

There are no formal entry requirements but we recommend that normally you have successfully completed an undergraduate or post graduate qualification in Business, Management, Human Resource Management, Psychology or a related subject area, or an equivalent qualification.

Exceptional learners, who have no formal qualification in management or leadership, but who have several years' experience and have completed some formal training in the role, may also participate.

Advanced entry

If you have already completed some studies at another university, we may be able to consider you for advanced entry. Please see our advanced entry page for more information.

How to apply

Please get in touch with our team member – Dan Janowski –  who will direct you to our payment link.

Home/EU postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system.

Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

International applicants should use our international application system. Full details can be found on our How to apply section for international students.

See our admissions policy (PDF File 1,043 KB) and complaints policy (PDF File 127 KB).

Considering your application

Your application will be circulated to a number of potential supervisors who will look at your academic qualifications, experience and the research proposal to decide whether your research interest is something that could be supervised at LSBU.

There will also be an interview either by telephone or at the University. If you are successful you will be offered a place on a course and informed of the next enrolment date. The whole process normally takes between six to eight weeks, from receipt of your application to a decision being made about your application at the School.

Prepare to start

Applicant events

After you’ve received your offer we’ll send you emails about events we run to help you prepare for your course.


Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Enrolment pages.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.


Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Enrolment pages.

Fees and funding

The total cost of this course is £1800 including VAT.

The individual fee for this course is shown above. For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 201 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 775 KB).

We have a range of PhD Scholarships available in partnership with businesses and organisations; read notices of PhD studentships.

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Tel: 0207 815 7500

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