Taught course

Certificate for Executive and Senior Level Coaches and Mentors (ILM Level 7)

UWE Bristol · Bristol Business School

Entry requirements

The Level 7 qualification is ideal for senior leaders with significant responsibility for coaching and mentoring as part of their day-to-day role. It is also designed to develop learners planning to move into a senior executive role or to establish and enhance an existing career as a coach or mentor offering coaching and mentoring to people within settings dealing with strategy and senior decision-making.

It is also aimed at those who are offering or wish to offer coaching/mentoring at a high level within organisations or as an external coach or mentor. You will need to have access to complete at least 20 hours of coaching and mentoring in the workplace.

For those who are managers in organisational settings who want to develop their expertise in the fields of coaching and mentoring and apply coaching or mentoring techniques on a day-to-day basis in their staff interaction we also offer our Certificate in Effective Coaching and Mentoring (ILM Level 5).

Months of entry


Course content

At Bristol Business School, our portfolio of open programmes offers you and your business a flexible learning solution.

Our Certificate in Effective Coaching and Mentoring programme aims to give you the skills and experience to develop your coaching/mentoring skills by practically completing coaching/mentoring sessions and critically reviewing these.

The team run the programme with a mixture of theory and skills development and will be taking a number of different experiential approaches in keeping with ideas of adult learning. This will include different approaches such as the arts of building trust, listening, questioning and using positive silence.

Additionally, some time will be spent exploring the more creative link to coaching, for example through the lenses of play and mediating objects. The programme, delivered by experienced coaches, will help participants recognise and move towards coaching and mentoring as non-linear processes and engage with the dynamic and complex nature of their practice and organisational context.

Practice and peer learning will be a key part of the sessions and include working in coaching triads and giving and receiving feedback. The cohorts and tutors will work together to learn and reflect upon a range of coaching and mentoring approaches from well-known workplace models through to more creative approaches; such as walking coaching, the use of mediating objects and the use of creative questions. The overall objective of the programme is to develop an understanding of the complex nature of coaching and mentoring at a senior strategic level and their collective benefits to the success of running organisations, across all sectors.

Listen to the Future Impact podcast (via Soundcloud) featuring four inspirational women who talk about their coaching journey after undertaking the Certificate in Executive Coaching and Mentoring (ILM Level 7) programme.

Fees and funding

UK students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • CPD
    part time
    15 months months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

This qualification is accredited by the ILM.

European Mentoring and Coaching Council UK (EMCC UK)

All ILM students who are studying for an ILM coaching and mentoring qualification are eligible for a 25% reduction in membership with the EMCC UK.

EMCC UK is a professional membership organisation which encourages excellence and progression for mentors, coaches and supervisors. ILM are delighted to have partnered with EMCC UK to offer ILM learners studying for a coaching and mentoring qualification 25% off membership.

This programme is delivered partly online. To ensure you can participate fully in these sessions and access programme materials, please see the following required computer specifications:

Operating system: Windows 7+, Mac OS 10.9

Web browser: Google Chrome is the optimal browser. However other browsers such as Firefox, safari and Microsoft Edge are also compatible.

Required Plugins: Adobe Flash Player

Additional requirements:

  • 256 MB RAM
  • 20 MB free disk space
  • Internet Access - 28.8 kbps speed or above (Broadband connection highly recommended). Slower internet connections may cause issues with audio and video.
  • Soundcard with microphone and headphones (A headset with microphone/headphones is highly recommended)
  • Webcam

Course contact details

Professional Development Team, College of Business and Law
0117 32 81043 (option 1, then 2)