Taught course

Coaching Supervision

UWE Bristol · Bristol Business School

Entry requirements

The course is aimed at:

  • Coaches who have already completed an extensive amount of coaching and wish to further their development as supervisors
  • Coaches who are already, or, who wish to in the future, offer coaching supervision
  • Professionals who are concerned to develop a climate that is supportive and developmental for coaches within their organisations
  • Leaders, managers and professionals who wish to develop an understanding of the requirements of supervision and ethical coaching practice

There are no formal entry requirements, but the ILM recommends that candidates have successfully completed a coaching qualification at level 5 or 7 or alternatively have had extensive coaching experience.

You must be able to complete a minimum of 20 hours coaching supervision with a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10 coaches.

Months of entry

March, April, May, June, July

Course content

This individually tailored programme has been created to address the growing need for supervision within the profession of coaching. Coaching has grown quickly as a developmental and supportive mechanism for professionals, managers, leaders and employees and is now commonly available within organisations provided either by external or internal coaches. Unlike other professions such as social work, counselling and psychotherapy, supervision has only recently been established as the corner stone of effective, ethical practice.

Supervision provides a safe place for coaches to: reflect on their performance and behaviour, to articulate their emotions fears and concerns, analyse coaching relationships, consider their own well being and health, be reminded of best ethical practice, learn and develop and gain support. We passionately believe that effective supervision benefits the coach, the client, the organisation in which both work and the coaching profession itself.

This programme examines the literature, research and best practice guidelines of coaching supervision alongside individual's experience, own philosophies and models, through practical application.

What do I get out of it?

  • A safe space to critically reflect with fellow professionals on your coaching and supervision practice
  • A chance to critically review and evaluate existing literature and research on coaching supervision
  • A chance to practice a wide range of coaching supervision models, methods and techniques with fellow professionals
  • Knowledge and understanding of best practice in ethical coaching supervision

Benefits to you:

  • Gain an understanding of the purpose and principles of coaching supervision
  • Critically assess and reflect on your own ability to perform as an effective coaching supervisor
  • Develop the skills and theoretical knowledge of coaching supervision methods, approaches, reflective practices and activity
  • Evaluate the contribution of coaching supervision to stakeholders

Benefits for employers:

  • Coaching supervision is a key process for organisations providing in-house coaching
  • Develop coaches who are able to use the feedback from supervisory sessions to plan their own and others" professional development
  • Benchmark your organisation's practice against an accepted framework
  • Ensure your coaches are properly equipped with the skills, knowledge and ethical understanding they need
  • Meet client's supervision needs through effective assessment and relationship building

N.B. The ILM qualification is a gateway to accreditation but is not a license to practice.

Fees and funding

UK students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • CPD
    18 months months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

This course is accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management.

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.

Course contact details

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