Teaching and 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 through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.
You are taught through a combination of experiential learning, reflective practice, lectures, coaching skills practice and interactive group work, all taking place within a lively and supportive learning environment. Experiential learning engages you in activities designed to enhance your understanding of the coaching process, and allows theoretical elements to become further connected with your own personal and professional experience. Reflective practice encourages a deeper level of engagement with application of theory to practice. Coaching skills practice allows you to apply and enhance your skills and knowledge as a coach within a structured and supportive setting, and receive feedback on your practice. Lectures are interactive and actively invite discussion and evaluation of the theoretical aspects of your learning.
In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions, either as a tutorial group or on an individual basis.
You will further enhance your learning and increase your abilities through the 36 hours of coaching practice required across the year of study, which take place outside of the teaching weekends, and the 24 hours of participation in coaching skills practice on the course.
The PG Certificate in Positive Psychology Coaching is a one-year course with 8 attended contact weekends across the year of study. In a typical month you will have around 12 contact hours of teaching, all of which take place on the scheduled weekends.
Typically class contact time will be structured around:
- 5 hours of interactive lectures and experiential workshops
- 6 hours of structured coaching skills practice
- 1 hour of tutor-supported group work (e.g. a live supervision of coaching work brought by a student; case discussions; facilitated group work for assessment preparation, or similar).
Throughout the year you will also evidence 36 hours of workplace-based coaching practice, with associated monthly supervision of at least 5 hours across the year, which take place outside of the teaching weekends.
There are additional costs related to this programme, such as professional body membership fees, and supervision costs if not covered by the workplace. For a breakdown of expected additional costs on this programme, please see the 'Fees' tab on the PG Certificate in Positive Psychology Coaching page of the Iron Mill College website.
In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 15 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing activities relating to formative assignments, reading journal articles and books, working on projects, undertaking research in the library and online, and preparing coursework assignments and presentations.
Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including The Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.
You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team consists of senior academics that are also professional practitioners with substantial and extensive coaching experience. All lecturers remain in on-going coaching practice and hold memberships of coaching professional bodies. Additionally, all lecturers associated with this programme have a well-established track record of publications relating to coaching and psychology, and hold qualifications in education along with very substantial higher education teaching, learning and assessment experience. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our Staff Profiles on the Iron Mill College website.
The course provides opportunities to assess understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments. There are two modules: each module also has one or more formal or 'summative' assessments, which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.
There are no exams on this course.
Your assessed work consists of:
- A written case study of your choice demonstrating your coaching practice
- A practical assessment via presentation, with various options to select from
- Evidence of 36 hours of safe coaching practice and 5 hours of supervision of your practice
You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.
We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.