Helping any coach deepen their practice in various ways: enhancing intervention skills, better understanding clients' needs, drawing on evidence, exploring attitudes to work/clients, and expanding client bases and professional standing.
This course promises to be an exciting departure from traditional advanced programmes that generally offer intense immersion in one particular model but do little to help the coach develop their own practice in ways that are critical to them.
You may be a business, life, sports, health, or financial coach; work in corporate, private or public sectors; with in-house, external, or assigned clients (paying or provided with your services for nothing); with years of experience, or just be beginning. Whatever your situation, your practice will be deepened and developed as a result of attending.
Over ten weeks, you will be supported as you develop plans, identify key areas, gain peers to work alongside, and be guided and encouraged as you put those plans into practice.
There will be opportunities to enhance your intervention skills, better understand clients' needs, draw on evidence rather than hearsay, explore your own attitudes to work and clients, expand client numbers, and build your professional standing.
Term Starts: 24th April
Half Term: 29th May
Week 1: Expanding our own definition of coaching / developing our USP.
Week 2: Reflective practice; journalling - for the coach and their client.
Week 3: The mindset of the coach; to themselves, to their client, to the world.
Week 4: Working with strategy; goal formation, thinking strategically, teaching someone to think strategically.
Week 5: Business development for practicing coaches; word of mouth, social media, networking, publicity, profile raising.
Week 6: Coaching and education; a pedagogic style, how people learn, facilitating an executive's learning (insight, assimilation, integration, and behavioural change).
Week 7: Research, evidence, models, ignorance, closed minds, and snake-oil sales people.
Week 8: Motivation; current ideas, motivating yourself, motivating your client...
Week 9: Group dynamics, coaching and facilitating groups.
Week 10: Synopsis, consolidation, personal learning, and further steps.
McNamara, H., Niche marketing for coaches
Wade, S., Write yourself a new life
Johnson, S & Siegal, H., Teaching thinking skills
Pink, D.H., Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates you
If you are planning to purchase books, remember that courses with too few students enrolled will be cancelled. The Department accepts no responsibility for books bought in anticipation of a course.
If you have enrolled on a course starting in the autumn, you can become a borrowing member of the Rewley House library from 1st September. If you are enrolled on a course starting in other terms, you can become a borrowing member once the previous term has ended.
All weekly class students may become borrowing members of the Rewley House Continuing Education Library for the duration of their course. Prospective students whose courses have not yet started are welcome to use the Library for reference. More information can be found on the Library website.
There is a Guide for Weekly Class students which will give you further information.
Availability of titles on the reading list (below) can be checked on SOLO, the library catalogue.
Students who register for CATS points will receive a Record of CATS points on successful completion of their course assessment.
To earn credit (CATS points) you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee per course. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.
Coursework is an integral part of all weekly classes and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework in order to benefit fully from the course. Only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard.
Students who do not register for CATS points during the enrolment process can either register for CATS points prior to the start of their course or retrospectively from between January 1st and July 31st after the current academic year has been completed. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.
Course Fee: £337.50
Take this course for CATS points: £10.00
A PhD in animal behaviour, and initial career in organisation development - creating exceptional places to work - followed by psychotherapy training, led Graham to coach, write, and speak on leadership development, as an executive confidant for 20+ years.
This highly personalised and practical course aims to help coaches - regardless of their discipline, niche, extent of practice, and whether internal or external - to develop their practice in a number of ways - in terms of scope, market, scale, depth of interaction, quality of outcomes, rigour, visibility, profile, or impact.
1. To encourage participants to evaluate their own coaching practice against their evolving, personal vision for it.
2. To enable them, in a supportive environment, to explore opportunities for its development.
3. To provide a safe and creative space for participants to experiment with new and more demanding skills, techniques, and approaches.
Large and small group discussion - variously led by tutor and participants; self-reflection; triads; pre- and post- session tutor-led input via VLE (Moodle); online peer dialogue.
By the end of the course students will be expected to:
1. have experienced, and experimented with, new ways of looking at their coaching practice;
2. have a clear understanding of the potential for their coaching work.
3. have created a medium-term plan for the development of themselves and their coaching practice; and
4. have enhanced their coaching skills, and their presentation of them, through various forms of feedback.
By assembling 4 short reflective pieces during the course, participants will create a personal, professional practice development plan.
Students must submit a completed Declaration of Authorship form at the end of term when submitting your final piece of work. CATS points cannot be awarded without the aforementioned form.
To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee for each course you enrol on. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.
Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please complete an application form.
Level and demands
Most of the Department's weekly classes have 10 or 20 CATS points assigned to them. 10 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of ten 2-hour sessions. 20 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of twenty 2-hour sessions. It is expected that, for every 2 hours of tuition you are given, you will engage in eight hours of private study.
Terms and conditions
Terms and conditions for applicants and students on this course
Sources of funding
Information on financial support