mentoring and coaching

Key Facts            

Type of course: Post Graduate combined (taught and research) worth 60PG credits.
Study Options:

Combination of face-to-face taught days, virtual teaching & distance learning

Duration: 1 year
Start date: October 2021
Accreditation: Birmingham City University
  60 PG credits
Fees: TBC
Tutors Elaine Johnston 
Entry Requirements:

An undergraduate degree is generally requested as applicants will be expected to study at Post Graduate level, but applications from practitioners without degrees, but with relevant experience are encouraged.


Upon your successful application via BCU and your place acceptance, CREC will contact you to request your Year 1 module choice.
If you are a continuing student, please contact the programme lead or your tutor to discuss your Year 2/3 options.

Who is this course aimed at?

The module is aimed at those in leadership roles or aspiring to achieve them. It is relevant for those working in all areas of care and education, including children's centres and multi-professional teams as well as schools and nurseries.

A first degree is normally required for entry to this programme but concessions may be made for students who have other relevant equivalent qualifications and/or relevant background experience.

What are the main themes?

There is a growing awareness of the importance and value of mentoring and coaching in early year’s leadership. This experiential module will include theory and practical activity in 5 facilitated sessions aimed at introducing participants to the main theories and principles of leadership mentoring in practice.

Critical reflection will be a key part of the process in the sessions themselves and in participants’ day to day practice.

This programme aims to explore: the nature and value of mentoring in the context of leadership; the theory of mentoring and to develop practical mentoring skills for developing leaders
Given the current climate of change and uncertainty, mentoring has a key part to play in developing leadership practice to promote greater understanding, awareness and critical insight into the needs of staff and leaders themselves and into meeting the needs of communities, families and children.

Key areas to be covered include:
- Historical background to mentoring;
- Mentoring theories, including comparisons between mentoring and coaching;
- Learning theories and their relationship to mentoring;
- Practical mentoring skills;
- Ethical issues and boundaries.

How will it help my practice?

The programme will deepen awareness of the value and importance of providing and receiving mentoring support. While introducing theory this will be grounded in, and directly relevant to, practice.

The programme will also promote and utilise dialogue with colleagues from different backgrounds and contexts providing insights into other points of view and professional perspectives. It will provide opportunities to develop practical skills and encourage their use in improving practice.

Two assignments will focus on an exploration of participants’ knowledge and understanding of mentoring theory and its relation to practice within their work context, and a research project to explore its practical application.
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