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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.

Why study Education: Coaching and Mentoring?

This Master's degree is designed to meet the professional development needs of teachers and other education and sports professionals. This includes:

  • Business managers
  • Chaplains
  • Librarians
  • 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 as well as a dedicated library for Education students, the Naylor library, which has numerous study spaces, open access IT facilities and a café.

Education degree pathways

This degree is one pathway from within our Education Master's programme, which includes:

Entry requirements

2:2 Previous degree

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 requirements

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 (or equivalent).

We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.

Further information

For more information about entry requirements please email apply@stmarys.ac.uk.

Course content

Modules

  • Coaching and Mentoring and Professional Attributes Core
  • Research Design Core
  • Coaching and Mentoring in Professional Contexts Core
  • Change Agency and Strategy: From Research to Practice Core
  • Academic Paper and Conference Presentation Core

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.

Career opportunities

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. 

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

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. 

Assessment methods

Learning is assessed through a variety of methods:

  • Reflective journals
  • Research proposals
  • Essays
  • Case studies
  • Portfolios
  • 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.

Modes of study

Coaching and Mentoring is available as a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) or as a Master's degree (MA).

You can choose to attend monthly Saturday schools at our London campus or via video conferencing as a distance learning student. Saturday schools run between 10am-3pm.

School-centres

We also teach the degree at school-centres. This is done in partnership with individual schools and groups including Academy Trusts and Teaching Alliances. This approach helps the schools to develop a research culture that's supported by continuing professional learning. It also has the potential for high impact on school improvement.

The school-centre approach offers busy professionals the opportunity to study in small groups in their own contexts. The timing of taught sessions and tutorials can be arranged to meet the needs of the school(s).

Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: £6,480
  • International: £13,650

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Part-time fees

Part-time students will be charged for the modules undertaken per academic year. Module prices are calculated as a percentage of credits against the total credits and cost of the degree.

Tuition fees are subject to an inflationary increase each year, meaning if your course runs over more than one academic year you may pay an increased fee per module for each subsequent year of study. Tuition fee increases for returning students will be capped at the higher of 5% per annum or the rate of Consumer Price Index inflation in the United Kingdom.

Funding

Government-funded loans of over £11,000 are available to many UK/EU postgraduate students.

For guidance about financing your studies, including information about the government-funded loans, please check out Fees & Funding section.

International Students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

Alumni discount

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.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

For further information about additional costs please contact fiona.wilson@stmarys.ac.uk.

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