Taught course

Tutoring and Coaching

University of Worcester · Institute of Education

Entry requirements

Prospective students will be required to have a relevant first degree gained at 2:2 (or equivalent level) in subject specialism relevant to the primary/secondary curriculum or similar subject for the associated tutoring discipline.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

If you’re looking for a flexible and rewarding career that is relevant to your existing qualifications, why not train to become a tutor? With so many young people looking for additional educational support right now, it's a great time to enter the profession.

Our Postgraduate Certificate in Tutoring and Coaching will help develop your understanding of theories and approaches to tutoring and coaching, whether you are an established tutor or wanting to pursue a career in this field.

Key features

  • Helps you select and develop techniques and approaches for one-to-one and group tutoring and coaching
  • Explores diverse perspectives to tutoring and coaching in a range of educational contexts
  • Increases your ability to tutor confidently by developing your understanding of learning theory
  • Enhances your ability to plan for a range of tutoring and coaching scenarios
  • Provides a highly flexible approach to learning through studying at a time of your choosing

Course content

This course will develop and enhance a good grounding in the theory and approaches to tutoring, covering the core functions of tutoring and coaching in one-to-one and small group situations.

You’ll be challenged to actively engage with a wide variety of ideas and develop a repertoire of techniques and approaches to adapt in different tutoring contexts.

Our lecturers will guide your learning through exploration of the practicalities of tutoring and coaching, including:

  • Theories of learning and teaching through a tutoring lens
  • Developing positive learning behaviours and resilience in students
  • Setting a positive climate for learning in a tutoring context
  • How can I make my lessons interesting and useful?
  • How do I adapt my approach for differing ages of students?
  • How do I set and share professional expectations?
  • How do I tutor or coach online?


Each unit is sub-divided into taught content, guided study and independent study. Teaching is online, with most materials pre-recorded so that you can engage with them at a time to suit you. There are opportunities for engagement and peer interaction through discussion forums.

You will engage with an online Developmental Journal each week, which will support you in your reflection on your growing understanding.

You will be able to engage with subject tutors through email, and via discussion forums and weekly Q&A drop ins. You will also have a Personal Academic Tutor who you will be able to contact via email. You will also have regular one-to-one tutorials with your Personal Academic Tutor to support you in staying on track with your learning.

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement.

A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support from Student Services and Library Services, and also the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will help you to flourish and be successful.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    3 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Lynn Johnston
01905 855111