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Personal & Management Coaching

This programme will equip graduates to implement coaching in diverse settings such as Business, Leadership Development, Life Balance, Personal Coaching, Health Care, Social Care, Career Coaching, Sports Coaching, Performance and Change Management. Coaching is now recognised as a key component in increasing performance, achieving goals and optimising personal and group effectiveness. Existing models of coaching are now being applied in wider contexts and in emerging new settings. This programme will assist students to develop new skills to meet increasingly complex life and management challenges and to practice these coaching skills to the highest standards. Graduates of the Post Graduate Certificate programme may apply for membership of the Association for Coaching.

Course Details
Upon completion students should be able to
▪ Demonstrate a critical awareness of the role of relationship in the coaching conversation or intervention.

▪ Implement an integrated approach to Coaching drawing on appropriate approaches and coaching models

▪ Implement Coaching in the development of effective Leadership and within the process of managing change

▪ Practice and integrate emotional intelligence within the coaching process through effective self management, mindfulness and heighten personal and social awareness

▪ Draw on reflective practise as a means of learning and develop effective writing skills with the use of journal keeping

▪ Coach within ethical and professional boundaries following an established code of ethics and supervision.

Course Practicalities
Students will receive four coaching sessions at their own cost.

Entry requirements

1. Hold a NFQ Level 8 honours degree or level 8 Higher Diploma, in which at least a second class honours was awarded or hold an appropriate professional qualification with at least two years’ significant experience in coaching or management with senior professional responsibility.

2. Each candidate will be required to submit a two hundred word document outlining the reasons why they wish to undertake this programme.

Applicants are required to supply two written references. One reference must be a professional reference. Applicants may be required to attend for interview as part of the application process. Final selection of candidates will be subject to the approval of the Programme Team.

The English Language Requirements for applicants whose first language is not English must have attained IELTS Level 6.5 or the equivalent TOEFL score


6 months part-time. Lectures take place over six weekends with occasional Friday Workshops.

Further enquiries

Pat O’Leary, BA MA MSc MCIPD,
Programme Co-ordinator
T: +087 329 8052

Subjects taught

AD6001 The Coaching Relationship (5 Credits)
Includes the history and development of coaching, a review of the skills and competencies required by a competent coach and the centrality of a strong coaching relationship with teams or individuals

D6002 Coaching Approaches and Skills (5 credits)
The effective application of coaching approaches and skills is a critical element of the programme, this module focuses on the development and honing of these skills.

AD6003 Coaching Practicum (20 credits)
This experiential module focuses on the development of coaching skills through supervision and reflective practice.


Unique Aspects of the Course
The Post Graduate Certificate in Personal and Management Coaching can be used as a building block towards a Masters in Personal and Management Coaching, see related course on this page. A Masters requires the completion of 90 credits, the PG Cert provides you with 30 of these credits. For further information on how to build on this qualification towards a Master please contact the Programme Coordinator.

Students will receive four coaching sessions at their own cost

Assessment method

Continuous assessment based on academic essays, reflective assignments, coaching competencies and presentations.

Application date

How Do I Apply?
Adult Continuing Education now welcomes online applications for ACE programmes from Certificate to Masters level. Students can register and pay online quickly and securely by simply clicking the “apply now” button within course description, and filling out the online application form. Once you are registered on UCC360 you can apply for additional courses without needing to register each time.

ACE also welcomes applications by post and an application form can be downloaded and printed from within each course description (on web).

Course fee

€2,300 per academic year.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: September 2017

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