Choosing the Right Programme

I am interested in developing coaching skills that I can use in my day-to-day interactions and work conversations. I am yet to undertake any training in coaching and am currently not working in a coaching capacity. Do you have a programme that is suitable for me?

The Foundation in Coaching Practice Programme is designed for anyone interested in developing coaching skills – you could be a manager, human resource or training consultant, business consultant/adviser, teacher, counsellor, therapist, social worker, sports coach or parent. This programme will help you to develop foundation level skills that will equip you to progress to other i-coach academy programmes should you wish.

I have foundation level coaching skills and I am able to engage in a coaching conversation. What is the next first step towards becoming a professional coach?

The Certificate in Coaching Practice Programme. This is the first year of the Masters in Professional Coaching and will provide you with an excellent foundation in the practice of coaching. This programme is designed for anyone aspiring to coach formally and is also suitable for experienced coaches who wish to articulate their current approach by building a unique coaching framework and benchmarking themselves with a peer group.

I have worked as a coach for some time. I am confidant in my ability but am seeking to benchmark myself against recognised standards and gain Masters Accreditation for my professional practice. Which programme would recognise my previous training and experience while offering a learning journey to challenge and enhance my professional coaching practice?

The Conversion Module and the Masters in Professional Coaching Programme. As an experienced coach with an established coaching practice the second year programme is likely to be right for you as it will assist you to explore your unique contribution and signature presence in the field of coaching, to build a greater repertoire for your practice and to underpin your work with a wide variety of theoretical perspectives.

I am an experienced professional in my own field and have coached informally for years. I am keen to integrate my previous experience into an individual coaching approach but I am also keen to learn more about how to use coaching more effectively within my organisation where I am responsible for leadership development and organisational and individual learning. Which programme would be right for me?

The Conversion Module and the Masters in Professional Coaching Programme. The second year of the Masters in Professional Coaching is likely to be the right programme for you as it will assist you to explore your unique contribution and signature presence in the field of coaching, to build a greater repertoire for your practice and to underpin your work with a wide variety of theoretical perspectives. The Masters Qualification route also offers you the opportunity to conduct work-based research into applications which offers a tangible contribution to your organisation whilst contributing to your professional development and the development of the coaching profession.

What if the programme is not for me; can I quit?

Yes if the programme is genuinely not for you. Firstly raise any concerns you have with the Programme Director and then put in writing the rationale for wanting to leave the programme. Be aware that withdrawal or cancellation at any time after booking a place on a programme may incur cost so please ensure you have read the i-coach academy Cancellation Policy.

What is ‘supervision’ in coaching?

Supervision on a 1:1 or group basis is the formal opportunity for coaches working with clients to share, in confidence, case load activity to gain insight, support and direction for themselves and thereby enabling them to better work in service of their clients. Supervision forms part of the i-coach academy programme Modules and is also available on a private arrangement.

I am not sure if I want a masters degree, can I sign up for the Masters in Professional Coaching and make the decision regarding the degree at a later date?

Yes, you can complete the Masters in Professional Coaching first and then decide to complete the master’s degree. Fees are not static so we would need to calculate fees when you make the decision to register for the degree from Middlesex University.

Can I register now for the masters degree option, complete the recognition claim (if relevant) and professional module and then take a break before completing the research modules?

Yes, provided you have registered with the university from day one and paid your fees, you can take a break after completing the initial modules and return within 5 years to complete the research modules and complete your degree. There may be additional costs and requirements when you return from your break as the programme and fees are not static.

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