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Postgraduate Certificate in Positive Psychology Coaching

Postgraduate Certificate in Positive Psychology Coaching

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Psychology (General) Social Sciences / Humanities / Culture Teaching / Training

Course type


Course Summary

This Level 7 programme is available to study part-time at Iron Mill College in Exeter over 8 weekends. The course 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.
Ideally suited to those wishing to enhance and develop their coaching abilities. This might include Managers, Human Resources professionals, Learning and Development Specialists, Coaches, Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Organisational Psychologists and other professionals who undertake a coaching role as part of their work.
A part-time, flexible course, designed to fit with existing working commitments, with teaching taking place over 8 weekends.

Key features:
Places an evidence-based, positive philosophy at the forefront, which starts from a ‘what is right with people’ perspective, rather than a ‘what is wrong with people’ one. This can be applied to individuals, groups and businesses.
Helps equip experienced professionals with the knowledge and tools to really unlock the full potential of individuals and teams, by identifying and enhancing their strengths and creating the conditions where success thrives and grows.
Enables participants to put theory into practice, by gaining detailed knowledge of the positive psychology approach, combining this with both classroom skills practice and real-world coaching experience during the course, and with opportunities for review, feedback and advancement.
Written and designed to meet European Mentoring Coaching Council (EMCC) requirements for practitioner level; however this course is not EMCC accredited.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Positive Psychology Coaching is suitable for those offering or planning to offer coaching to individuals and groups in both personal and professional contexts. In line with EQA practitioner standards, the programme level is aimed at those:
Who will either be working as an internal coach / mentor, use coaching / mentoring as part of their main job or starting up as an external coach / mentor.
Who are likely to be working with a small range of clients / contexts and within own area of experience to improve performance, build confidence and stretch capability.
Who will typically be able to apply a limited range of models, tools and process.

Candidates in related helping fields such as psychotherapy, counselling, occupational / health therapy, counselling psychology, human resources, organisational development, or learning and development roles will also be considered and assessed on an individual basis providing evidence of coaching can be shown.

Different course options

Study mode



8 months

Start date



IMPP4001 - Perspectives on Positive Psychology Coaching (30 Credits)
IMPP4002 - Positive Psychology Coaching in Practice (30 Credits)

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Contact University and ask about this fee

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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. 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. 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 An occupational health assessment ('SOMA') arranged via the University on acceptance of a place.