Coaching and Mentoring Qualification

Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring Qualification

The Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring is a qualification for candidates with significant responsibility for coaching and mentoring as part of their day-to-day role. It is designed to develop learners planning to move into a development role or start a career as a freelance coach and mentor.

Vocational Learning encourages candidates to submit naturally occurring evidence from their work environment to demonstrate competency against the practical requirements of the course. We welcome other evidence such as prior learning and do not just rely on assignments. This can include schemes of work, assessment reports, course resources and communication records.

The course has a 60 hours guided learning requirement.The total qualification time is 130 hours. You are usually expected to complete this course within 4 to 10 weeks.

Course Delivery and Support

Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring course is delivered by either online, distance, blended learning or as classroom based. You are expected to meet course requirements regardless of the method of delivery.

The Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring Course

You will need to fully participate in online activities and provide multimedia evidence whenever possible.You will be expected to complete the course between 4 to 10 weeks. Candidates who are committed and work hard can study the course fast track and complete within a few weeks.

The full cost of the course is £360. You can also pay using a payment plan by making a deposit of £105 and three monthly instalments. Each instalment will be £105.

On enrolment every candidate will be allocated an assessor who will also be their tutor and the first port of call for all assessments and learning needs. You will have access to resources, coursework, tutorials, events, forums, web conferences, and face-to-face sessions. We regularly host support sessions during the day, night and weekends.

You will be expected to participate in an induction session to fully understand how to use our learning management system (Access), locate resources and your coursework. This induction can either be face-to-face or online. You will need to have a discussion with your assessor to negotiate and agree your learning and assessment plan. You are expected here to discuss about any needs, targets, practical requirements (if applicable) and declare any prior learning you wish to be considered. Your assessor will draft your “Holistic Assessment Plan” which will reflect your needs. The plan will also contain information about assessments, ground rules and expected course end date.

Course Structure

To be awarded the Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring you will be expected to achieve a minimum 13 credits by completing the following three units:

Unit 1: Preparing for the coaching role
Unit 2: Preparing for the mentoring role
Unit 3: Coaching and mentoring


The Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring course is assessed by a portfolio of evidence which you have to compile and submit at the end of the course. The assessment process will involve a range of methods such as prior learning, assignments, reflective accounts, witness statements, questioning observations of practice and work products.

You will normally be expected to complete two assignments, reflective account and work products demonstrating how you supported, coached and mentored at least one individual.

How long is this Level 5 Coaching and Mentoring Course?

We are often asked how quick someone can complete this course? This depends on a number of factors which includes your own commitment, time, assessment opportunities and the ability to study at a higher level. It will also help if you have evidence of prior learning and have access to resources that will enable you to actively participate in course activities. Learning partners joining the course with evidence of prior learning and credits will obviously be able to complete quicker than someone without. If you invest more time on the course such as 15 hours a week then you will most likely complete earlier compared to someone who commits only 2 hours for the same period.

Entry Requirements for this Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring Course

There are no specific entry requirements. You will however be expected to have basic numeracy and literacy skills equivalent to level 2.

You are also expected to have access to the internet, multimedia computer, printer and a word processor that can open and produce Microsoft Word Documents ending with the extension ‘.doc’. Candidates without Microsoft office are advised to consider free software such as Open Office. You, however, need to ensure your documents are saved and submitted for assessment as word documents ending with the extension ‘.doc’?

What can l do after completion?

You can go on to complete the Level 5 Award, Certificate or Diploma in Leadership and Management, Level 7 Certificate or Diploma in Executive Coaching and Mentoring and the Level 7 Certificate or Diploma in Coaching Supervision or other higher education courses.

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