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What makes Positive Psychology Coaching at Iron Mill College special?

Our programme places an evidence-based, positive philosophy at the forefront, which starts from a ‘what is right with people’ perspective, rather than ‘what is wrong with people’. This course equips experienced professionals with tools to unlock the full potential of individuals, teams and businesses. Our students will apply positive psychology theory to practice, identifying strengths and creating conditions where success thrives and grows.

Key features

  • Written and designed to meet European Mentoring Coaching Council (EMCC) requirements for practitioner level (but as a new programme, this course is not yet accredited with EMCC).
  • This flexible course is available to study part-time at Iron Mill College in Exeter over 8 weekends
  • This Level 7 programme is validated by University of Worcester.
  • A modern programme offering a fresh approach to coaching, backed by the latest research and evidence from the innovative field of positive psychology
  • Combines both classroom skills practice and real-world coaching experience, with opportunities for review, feedback and advancement

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of a lower second-class (2:2) Honours degree, or an equivalent professional qualification.
  • Evidence of practice within a relevant professional role. The course will consider applicants either with direct coaching experience or with evidence of relevant and transferable skills gained from related work experience. In all cases, previous experience will be assessed, using a short questionnaire and at interview, against EMCC Competency Criteria (2015).
Other information

In addition, applicants must provide evidence of:

  • Professional accountability to a relevant published code of conduct and ethical framework, checked at interview (applicants who are not yet members of a suitable professional body will be required to gain membership of the EMCC for the year of study: see 'Additional expenses' section under the 'Fees' tab.
  • A reference and proof of identification.
  • A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) certificate, arranged via the University on acceptance of a place, for which a fee is payable (see the 'Additional expenses' section under the 'Fees' tab).
  • An occupational health assessment ('SOMA') arranged via the University on acceptance of a place.


Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1

  • IMPP4001 - Perspectives on Positive Psychology Coaching (30 credits).
  • IMPP4002 - Positive Psychology Coaching in Practice (30 credits).

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching approach

The programme integrates both theory and practice. Students should expect to participate in a lively learning environment with a wide variety of learning opportunities including: lectures, seminars, group tutorials, discussions and debates, audio / video materials, experiential and creative exercises, case study analysis and discussion, demonstrations, reflecting teams exercises and skills practices.
Students are also expected to participate in substantial learning outside of teaching time. As well as attending timetabled teaching days at the college (8 weekends), students will spend time during the programme gaining coaching experience (36 hours), take process notes on their work with those they are coaching and attend their own monthly (at least) supervision. Students will also need to read widely, work towards assignments and other focused learning activities, prepare for attended days and take time for reflective practice.
In total, the course entails around 600 hours of study, including teaching days, coaching practice and both self-directed and guided learning.


Assessment is based on:

  • Coaching case study demonstrating your philosophy of coaching and integration of learning.
  • Presentation including analysis, reflection and critical evaluation of theory and practice relating to a recording of a coaching session.
  • A minimum of 36 hours of coaching practice, with accompanying monthly supervision / mentor log and report.


Where could it take you?

Applicants with postgraduate levels of achievement are increasingly being sought, and this contemporary training is likely to boost the employability prospects and possibilities for graduates. It provides opportunity for advancement in a variety of careers within both organisational settings and within the helping professions.
By incorporating EMCC competency indicators and EQA quality standards, this programme offers an excellent platform for graduates seeking employment opportunities and a career path towards senior practitioner level coaching and executive level coaching, as well as membership of a professional body such as EMCC.
Possible career opportunities for coaches in organisations and within the helping profession are varied, numerous and growing. Such opportunities may include:

  • Coaching within Professional Services and Consulting organisations.
  • Coaching as a Human Resources and Learning & Development professional.
  • Coaching as an Organisational Development specialist.
  • Coaching in Private Practice.
  • Coaching within Educational institutions: schools, colleges and Universities.
  • Coaching within Local Authority employee services programmes.
  • Coaching within Charitable agencies.
  • Coaching within Health and Social Care settings.
  • Coaching within Probation and Social Work.


How much will it cost?

For the latest fees, please see the University of Worcester's course fees page here.

Additional expenses:

This will vary depending on your own circumstances, but all applicants must make sure they fully understand the additional expense requirements they will need to undertake during this course.

Iron Mill College is unable to contribute to any of these additional costs; they are met by the student.

These costs may include:

  • Travel and boarding costs.
  • Purchase of books.
  • Supervision: supervision will cost approximately £30-£60 per 1.5 hours for monthly individual supervision and approximately £20 per hour for group supervision.
  • Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Certificate (previously known as the Enhanced CRB): £44. This is an entry requirement and students will be contacted by the University about how to make a DBS application after accepting a place on the course.
  • Membership of the European Mentoring Coaching Council (EMCC): £100 plus VAT or membership of a similar professional body with a relevant code of conduct (assessed at interview).
  • Realise2 Strengths Profiler assessment: £30.
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance for those undertaking coaching in private practice: approximately £25-£90 per year. Monthly payment options are usually available.

The Counselling Directory website and the It's Good to Talk website can also help provide you with information on the average costs of supervision.


How do you apply?

Apply for part-time October 2018 enrolment via our online application form.

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Academic Administrator

Amanda Murrell
01392 219200