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Coaching is both a science and an art when it comes to facilitating the development of individuals and teams to achieve their full potential.  Practising coaches need to keep developing, and deepening, their practice in order to be able to work with a broad selection of clients and in an increasingly strategic way.  This coaching certificate programme offers professional coach development which deepens practice in a way that is largely self-managed, bespoke, and answerable to high professional coach standards.

Programme Overview

Roffey Park’s Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching takes place over 12 months and is a modular coaching qualification accredited by the University of Sussex.  The postgraduate coaching course is aimed at experienced and practising executive coaches working in organisations, or professional coaches with their own independent coaching businesses.

The coaching certificate programme consists of:

  • Three taught residential modules and final day at Roffey Park (eight days)
  • Five learning sets (five days)

And requires further commitment typically consisting of:

  • 30 hours of coaching practice
  • 15 hours of being coached
  • 10 hours of coaching supervision
  • Individual study time averaging 5 hours per week, consisting of self-reflection, reading and writing case studies and reflective papers for submission

Benefits for Organisations:

On completing Roffey Park’s Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching, an executive coach will:

  • have a systematic critical understanding and knowledge of the field of coaching
  • be able to apply a range of coaching styles, perspectives and techniques in their coaching
  • be able to supervise and mentor less experienced coaches in the organisation
  • be more confident in their ability to coach across the full range of coaching practice, including leadership development, succession planning, first 100 days for senior leaders, Board and Executive development

Benefits for Coaches:

  • have a deeper understanding of the field of coaching, informed by insights from experienced practitioners, shared learning from peers, and high standards of professional coaching practice
  • be able to deal with complex issues and make sound decisions when faced with ambiguity and uncertainty
  • be able to coach across the full spectrum of coaching practice, including skills, performance, developmental, and existential coaching [as per Spectrum of Coaching Practice, © John Leary Joyce]
  • acquire and broaden a range of coaching approaches, tools and methodologies
  • increase their confidence as a coach and facilitator at senior levels

Is this programme for me?

This postgraduate coaching course  is ideal for you if you are:

  • A Learning & Development or OD professional who is an internal coach and wants to underpin experience with a greater depth and breadth of knowledge of different coaching approaches, methodologies and techniques. The programme improves self-awareness, ability to reflect and give and get feedback, and the practical skills that improve your confidence and effectiveness as an executive coach.
  • An experienced, independent coach, now or in the future, who wants to grow the number of clients and be more impactful in their practice. The programme offers independent professional coaches the opportunity to deepen their practice and engage in peer learning and feedback with other experienced coaches.

What this programme is:

The Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching provides you with a broad understanding of the coaching field and how to use this knowledge to improve your coach development, effectiveness and impact.   It provides a comprehensive understanding of the history of coaching and approaches, encouraging you to experiment, innovate and be creative in your thinking and coaching practice.  Even more importantly, it provides you with the time, the space, and the framework and support to find your own coaching presence and stance.  We believe there is no one way to be an effective coach, and the best coaches we work with have a signature presence and a confidence in their own ability and skills.  It is this confidence that we will help you develop, while at the same time exposing you to a variety of novel approaches and theories.

What this programme isn’t:

This is not an accredited programme for coaches who are new to the field.  We don’t teach you the basic coaching skills, or ask you to monitor your number of coaching hours over a set period.  And you won’t have to repeat your accreditation every three years.  We take a broader and deeper view, informed by insights from leading coaching practitioners and visiting facilitators, and help you to apply them to your own signature coaching presence and stance.

Cutting-edge, self-managed learning

Self-managed learning encourages you to take responsibility for your own learning pathway, by working with the team of facilitators and coaches, and your peers, to select the coaching tools and methodologies that you would like to explore and learn in greater depth.  This means that you develop a unique programme which fits you, how you think and work, your role and your personal and work objectives.

In short, we put you at the centre, supporting and challenging you to find your full authority and purpose as a practitioner, a leader and a learner.

During the programme you will:

  • Self-assess your own work
  • Assess your peers’ work
  • Collaborate with members of the faculty (to keep you on the right tracks)
  • Develop a highly empowering approach to your own learning and development
  • Design elements of your own programme
  • Develop your self-awareness and eliminate blind spots
  • Feel invigorated and stretched.

Other people’s reasons for attending the Postgraduate Certificate:

Here’s how people like you have benefited from the coaching qualification:

  • “I have learnt so many aspects of the theory of coaching and applied these in my day-to-day work. It has enabled me to form and develop my coaching and business proposition and set some foundations for the future direction of my organisation.”
  • “I am a much more mindful coach and, as a result, getting referrals at work from colleagues I have coached who have found the experience a positive one.”
  • “One of the best things I have ever done! In addition to learning a spate of new coaching techniques, I feel so much more confident in who I am as a coach and as a leader.”


The programme is a part-time qualification which uses an exciting combination of:

  • Residential modules in our purpose-built venue at Roffey Park in Sussex.
  • Individual faculty contact time
  • Peer learning through five learning sets
  • Learning from experienced practitioners, both on the Roffey faculty and guest facilitators
  • Networking with other coaches

It is designed and delivered by highly experienced coach practitioners and validated by the world-renowned University of Sussex.  Find out more about the learning environment at Roffey Park


£6,995 +VAT

Payment by instalment is available by request, please contact us for more information.

Fees are inclusive of:

  • Taught modules and facilitated learning set meetings
  • All accommodation and meals during residentials including use of the facilities, fitness suite and swimming pool
  • Full Learning Resource Centre services, including access to books and online materials to borrow and use in your own research
  • All materials, including handouts and Roffey Park intellectual property
  • University of Sussex Enrolment Fee
  • External Examiner Fees

What will I learn on the Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching?

Whilst you will ultimately take charge of the direction and content of your postgraduate coaching course, we start by mapping the field of coaching, the use of Self in Coaching, and key influencers of contemporary coaching practice, including from the fields of psychotherapy, systems thinking, and neuroscience.

Use of Self in Coaching

Throughout the programme, and right from the very beginning, we help and support participants to use their whole self in coaching.  This requires you to deepen your awareness of the thoughts, feelings, sensations and insights during the coaching process, and to broaden the choices you can take within a coaching assignment.  We support this approach by individual and sensitive feedback from experienced practitioners, with the aim to take the participants further than they have dared go before as a coaching practitioner.

A broad spectrum of coaching approaches

The taught modules are designed and facilitated by highly experienced coaches, including Roffey Park’s faculty, visiting fellows and a network of associate facilitators who are experts in their field of coaching practice.

While each particular cohort is designed and driven by its participants, recent programmes have included the following models and approaches: Somatic coaching, Vertical development, Systems and constellations, Gestalt coaching, Cognitive Behavioural Coaching, Nancy Kline’s Time to Think, Using metaphors and images in coaching, the Neuroscience of behavioural change, Psychodynamic and Humanistic Psychology approaches to coaching.

Programme Team

Programme Director: Ana Karakusevic

Sabine Stritch
Tom Kenward
Noomi Nathan

What would you like to do next?

Programme Outline

Diagram of the advanced coaching qualification: postgraduate certificate in coaching

What you’ll get out of the Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching

The Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching deepens your theoretical knowledge and coaching practice to transform individuals and enable them to achieve their full potential.  It will increase your confidence, your impact and effectiveness as a professional coach. Roffey Park’s unique academic approach will empower you to pursue your own study path through the programme to tailor the outcomes to your current and future needs.  At Roffey Park, our experts are here to get the best out of you so you can give the best back. Sign up today.

What would you like to do next?

Further coaching reading and resources:

Image of cover of the guide to fundamentals of coaching
Roffey Park’s Ana Karakusevic has produced a guide to the Fundamentals of Coaching which outlines the twelve fundamentals of coaching covering areas including listening, presence, asking questions and giving feedback.

Download your copy


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