This programme offers you the opportunity to be at the forefront of developments in coaching and mentoring within schools and other educational and sports establishments.
- This course is based on your own practice and is therefore highly relevant to your professional role and context.
- The variety of modes of delivery enables you to engage with the MA in the way that best suits your preferred learning style.
This Master's degree is designed to meet the professional development needs of teachers and other education and sports professionals. This includes:
- Business managers
- Data managers
Coaching and Mentoring will fit your needs regardless of the phase of schooling or educational contexts you work in, and no matter which stage of your career you're at.
The programme enables you - as a current or aspiring middle or senior leader - to engage in critical reflection on your own experience and perception of coaching and mentoring. It will help you to develop your coaching and mentoring practice and gain a theoretical understanding of the subject.
You'll explore the current landscape within coaching and mentoring and how it relates to your own context. During the programme you'll also select an aspect of coaching and mentoring to analyse and investigate, bringing about change within your own practice and organisation.
Why St Mary's
St Mary’s University is renowned for outstanding Initial Teacher Training and postgraduate teacher education, and sporting excellence. Building on this foundation, we provide a flexible approach to this Coaching and Mentoring programme.
The course is delivered at the University and as a distance learning programme, meaning you can attend St Mary’s or via video conferencing. One-to-one tutorial support ensures that all students are supported throughout their studies with St Mary’s.
You will apply your learning to practical situations within your own setting, using your knowledge to impact on coaching and mentoring provision, whilst critically engaging with contemporary debates relating to the coaching and mentoring landscape.
Throughout the programme you'll be working with postgraduate tutors who have experience in teaching, elite sport, management and leadership as well as research and consultancy.
You will have access to excellent online learning resources and facilities.
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This degree is one pathway from within our Education Master's programme, which includes:
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The modules listed below are the modules that were available to students in the 2022/23 academic year and are illustrative of what may be offered for 2023/24.
Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.
Candidates will normally be expected to possess a good honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent qualification approved by St Mary’s University.
Additional requirement information
Applicants must be able to work with a coachee/mentee for a minimum of six meetings during the period of study.
Accredited prior learning
Applicants with up to 90 Level 7 credits (for example from a PGCE, National Professional Qualification or National SENCo Award) are eligible to apply for exemption from up to three modules.
International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any section.
We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.
The application process for international applicants will include an online interview.
For more information about entry requirements please email email@example.com.
Fees & funding
Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme. Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken.
For further information about additional costs please see our additional costs webpage.
A 20% tuition fee discount is available for our alumni (undergraduate and PGCE) planning to study this Master's degree. Those studying for a PGDip of PGCert are not eligible for the discount.
Government-funded loans of over £11,000 are available to many home postgraduate students. Home and international students may also be eligible for external sources of funding. International students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.
For more information, please look at our postgraduate funding page.
How the degree is taught
Teaching methods include a combination of lectures, group seminars, workshops and individual tutorials.
Modules are taught either on Saturday Schools (approximately monthly), study days in the school holidays or fortnightly twilight sessions.
Learning is assessed through a variety of methods:
- Reflective journals
- Research proposals
- Case studies
- Seminar and conference presentations.
A mentoring and/or coaching relationship will be a vital component of the course to enable reflection on practice. This can be voluntary. Further details regarding this can be discussed upon enrolment.
Coaching and mentoring are now essential components of organisational development to support professional growth and well-being. A range of skills are covered within this course that will support the development of all practitioners, particularly those seeking roles in middle and senior leadership, as well as those seeking to work in consultancy.
This course will enable members of the teaching profession to meet the requirements of the Early Career Framework by developing their understanding and application of coaching and mentoring both on a personal and organisational level.
Within the sporting sector, professional employment within coaching and mentoring is a significant area of growth as organisations understand the need to support and development athletes and staff whether within player care, Talented Athlete Support, player development and sports coach development.
Distance learning 2023
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