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This part-time one year programme is designed to enable you to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills to become a highly effective coach or mentor within schools and other educational settings.

  • 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 PGCert in the way that best suits your preferred learning style

Why study Education: Coaching & 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?

This Postgraduate Certificate is designed to meet the professional development needs of education and sports professionals in a variety of formal and informal settings.

The course will fit your needs in the phase of education or sporting context you work in, no matter which stage of your career you're at.

The programme will enable you to engage in critical reflection on your own experience and perception of coaching and mentoring. It will help you to develop your practice as a coach or mentor whilst gaining theoretical knowledge and understanding of the subject leading to an accredited qualification at Level 7.

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Course lead

Fiona Wilson headshotFiona Wilson
Senior Lecturer - Postgraduate Education

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.

Further information

For more information about entry requirements please email

Course content


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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
  • 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.


We also teach the PGCert 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

Tuition fees

The tuition fees listed are for the duration of the course. Part-time applicants should check our part-time fee information.

September 2021

  • Home: coming soon
  • International: Student visa not accepted

Fees for EU applicants starting courses in 2021/22 academic year

Eligible EU applicants will pay the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course. EU fees for 2022 entry are not yet confirmed.

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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.


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

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

International Students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

Additional costs

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

For further information about additional costs please contact


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