Admissions policy for coach training qualifications
This guidance highlights best practice in admissions to ensure that our application and decision-making processes are transparent, fair and consistent across our coach training programmes.
Participants intending to enroll on our postgraduate programmes in coaching and development should also refer to the University of Portsmouth Business School admission’s policy, which can be found at www.port.ac.uk/departments/services/academicregistry/UAC/
We make admissions based on an assessment of entry criteria and potential applicant achievement. When offering an applicant a place on a programme, we are confirming that we reasonably expect that the applicant is motivated to complete - and capable of completing - the programme.
For entry onto the Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching and Diploma, Postgraduate Diploma in Coaching and Development or MSc in Coaching and Development participants should review the criteria listed on the University of Portsmouth Business School web pages.
1. We aim to respond to applicants with a decision on entry within one week of receiving their application.
2. When making admissions decisions, we will ensure that these published entry criteria are consistently applied to each application received.
3. We make admissions based on an assessment of entry criteria and applicant achievement or possible achievement. When offering an applicant a place on a programme, we are confirming that we reasonably expect that the applicant is capable of completing that programme.
4. We inform participants of the cut off date for entry to a programme during the application phase, which is generally four weeks before the start of the programme.
5. We will provide participants with support and guidance in terms of enrolment once they have made an enquiry and discussed the programme and qualification with one of our team.
6. Where an entry decision requires an interview this will be completed by our Course Director and full details will be provided.
7. We will record the basis of any decision (rejection, conditional offer, unconditional offer) clearly on our response.
8. Where a rejection decision has been reached following interview, the applicant will be informed within 5 working days and will receive individual feedback.
9. Advanced entry onto one of our courses will only be considered if the participant meets the advanced entry criteria, which is outlined below for our Post Graduate Study and European Mentoring and Coaching Council accredited programmes.
10. We expect that each applicant will submit a complete and comprehensive application at the point of first submission. The application decision will only be reviewed if the participant is able to provide further relevant information that was not available at the time of application. In this instance, a written request must be submitted for review to the Course Director within 20 days of the date of the feedback response. This request must include:
- The new information, with supporting evidence
- Evidence of why this information was unavailable at the point of application.
Advanced entry - Postgraduate study
Participants are required to have achieved a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma in Coaching and Development with another academic institute to be considered for advanced entry into the Postgraduate Diploma or MSc in Coaching and Development.
If a participant has been awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching and Development or a Postgraduate Diploma in Coaching and Development within the past five years from another HE institution other than the University of Portsmouth, they may apply for 'advanced entry' to the Pg C&D provided they meet the course admissions criteria. To do this they would apply for 'Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning' (APEL) at the same time as applying to TPC Leadership to join the course. They will be required to complete an APL1 form, claiming 60 or 120 M-level credits as 'certified learning' against the University of Portsmouth Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching and Development or Postgraduate Diploma in Coaching and Development. Participants should attach the original parchment from the institution that made the award. There will be no charge for this type of advanced entry/APEL application.
If a participant has been awarded a Postgraduate Certificate within the past five years which contains 'coaching' in the award title but not 'development', they may apply for advanced entry via APEL as above. In addition to completing the APL1 form,they are required to submit a 'mapping document' which shows that the learning outcomes of the Postgraduate Certificate they have been awarded match the learning outcomes of the Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching and Development awarded by the University of Portsmouth. Applicants will be provided with a mapping document template by TPC Leadership to enable them to complete this. There will be a non-returnable fee for this form of APEL application to cover the administration and assessment.
For individuals who have been awarded a Postgraduate Certificate within the past five years which contains 'coaching' in the title but not 'development' where adequate mapping as described above cannot be demonstrated, 'experiential learning' which draws on work experience and personal development can be included in the mapping document to demonstrate that the learning outcomes of the Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching and Development have been met. Applicants for this form of APEL should submit a portfolio of 'evidence' with a completed APL1 form at least 8 weeks prior to commencing the PgD C&D course. There will be a non-returnable fee for such APEL applications.
Advanced entry - European Mentoring and Coaching Council accredited courses
Advanced entry admissions are provided for those who have existing qualifications with the EMCC. We have a formal review process which will incur a fee of £500 + VAT for us to undertake this process.
An applicant for Year 2 of the programme (EMCC Senior Practitioner) must submit the following evidence, which forms the basis of admissions criteria:
- Evidence of previous certification at EMCC Practitioner Level within the last 3 years
- An overview of the training programme completed
- Evidence of coaching hours completed
- An outline of the content covered in their previous programme
- Evidence of supervision
- Recording of a coaching session.
We will not award advanced entry into Year 2 if applicant has not previously achieved the EMCC Practitioner Award.
All applicants are interviewed by our Course Director to discuss their application and to gain assurance of their ability to successfully join the second year of the programme. This includes clarification of previous training and their current level and consistency of coaching practise, experience and supervision. It also includes gaining an understanding of their coaching philosophy, beliefs and values and an assessment of their own skills and abilities against the coaching competencies and programme content from year one.
While undertaken on a case by case basis – applicants who can provide evidence and assurance of the criteria stated above can gain entry into the second year. They are required however to attend the 3rd Module of Year One (applied positive psychology), as the concepts and themes developed in this module are used and developed further in Year 2, e.g. transpersonal psychology.
However for those applicants who have, as an example, gained EMCC Practitioner certification over 3 years ago but who have not maintained a regular coaching practise, they will be required to join the first year of the programme, either in its entirety or after module 2, depending on their current level of coaching practise - and to complete all the requisite criteria for their portfolio of learning at EMCC Practitioner level, including evidence of coaching hours.
If an applicant has successfully completed and attained a level of accreditation with another organisation other than the EMCC within the last 12 months, the participant may APL on to Module 2 or 3 of the first Year of the Programme (EMCC Practitioner / Post Graduate Certificate). This is currently available only for those who can demonstrate successful completion of one of the following courses / qualifications:
- Institute of Leadership and Management - Level 5 or 7
- Association of Coaching – Coach / Executive Coach
- International Coaching Federation - Associate Certificate Coach
Applicants must provide evidence of equivalent qualifications from the accrediting coaching organisation as part of their application, i.e., certificates, coaching logs, assignments and feedback and overview of training completed. Previous coaching experience may be used in completing requisite coaching hours if this has been completed in the last 12 months. All other requirements of the first year of the programme, including required coaching hours and all practical and written assignments and assessments must be completed in full.
A complaint is normally a specific concern related to a procedural error, irregularity or maladministration in admissions procedures or policies. If an applicant is dissatisfied with any aspect of the administration of their application, they should contact our Course Director – firstname.lastname@example.org. If no reasonable resolution can be reached, they should follow the guidance and procedures as outlined by the accrediting body and this will be explained to them.