Frequently asked questions about our open programmes


Please see below for answers to a series of frequently asked questions about our open programmes.


How are your coaching qualifications different from others in the marketplace?

Our proposition is modular, which means our participants can construct the accreditation and depth of learning path that is right for them. This means our paths for accreditation are versatile and flexible to meet the needs of each learner. We provide each participant with a breadth and depth of coach capability informed by cutting edge theories and psychological models combined with rigorous practitioner development. Our faculty are role models selected for their specific expertise and practitioner experience as well as their ability to develop excellent coach practitioners.Our workshops are experiential and include observed coaching practice sessions with a heavy focus on feedback to ensure each coach’s capability develops throughout the programme. Our programme is international with participants from across the public and private sectors in the UK and Europe.


What are the class sizes?

The average size of each cohort is 12-15 people, with a minimum of two tutors on each workshop.

What are the admission requirements?

The admission requirements for the MSc, Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma are as follows:

  • a degree in any discipline
  • substantial work experience where responsibility and professional experience at a suitable managerial level can provide evidence of the ability to study successfully at masters level

Am I able to gain exemption from any part of any of the programmes?

Participants who have previously received coach training with TPC Leadership may be able to join programmes at different stages. The full APEL (Accredited Prior Learning ) process may be discussed with Vanessa Rogers, Programme Manager on 0203 4022 067.

Participants who have attended previous coach training with other organisations may also be considered for APEL, dependent on coach training attended and the programme they are applying for. Please contact us for more information.


Can I receive accredited prior learning (APEL) and enter the MSc programme at PgD stage?

If you have been awarded a PgC C&D within the past five years from another HE institution other than the University of Portsmouth, you may apply for 'advanced entry' to the Pg C&D provided you meet the course admissions criteria. To do this you would apply for 'Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning' (APEL) at the same time you apply to TPC Leadership to join the course. You will be required to complete an APL1 form, claiming 60M-level credits as 'certified learning' against the University of Portsmouth PgC C&D. You 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 you have been awarded a PgC within the past five years which contains 'coaching' in the award title but not 'development', you may apply for advanced entry via APEL as above. In addition to completing the APL1 form, you are required to submit a 'mapping document' which shows that the learning outcomes of the PgC you have been awarded match the learning outcomes of the PgC C&D awarded by the University of Portsmouth. You will be provided with a mapping document template by TPC Leadership to enable you 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 PgC 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 PgC C&D 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. 


Where are the workshops held?

The venue for the workshops is the Roffey Park Institute, near Horsham in Sussex. Full venue details may be found on our venue page.


How do I apply?

You can apply online using our course application form on our main website. If you have any queries about this, or require more information, don't hesitate to contact us.