Coaching & Mentoring BA (Hons) (Top Up)

This course is validated by: Lancaster University
Location: University Centre at Blackburn College
UCAS Code: B941
Code: EH3520A13
Fees: View fees and financial information
Validated by: Lancaster University
Study Mode: Full Time, Part Time
Start Dates: september 2019
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This one year, full-time Top-Up Honours programme in Coaching & Mentoring has been designed specifically as a progression route for those students who have successfully completed the Foundation Degree in Coaching & Mentoring. This top-up year will provide students with a sound and robust level of academic and practice knowledge.

The course provides opportunities for you to continue to explore and evaluate the theoretical underpinnings of a range of approaches, will help refine professional skills within a practice framework and increases the awareness of professional and personal development.

Current challenges, work-based dilemmas and issues will be debated, including a range of practice and legislative developments, multi-agency collaboration and the management and leadership within the Coaching & Mentoring sector. 

Higher level research strategies and the facilitation of independent learning are embedded throughout  the programme as well as being the focus of discrete modules to ensure that students are fully prepared for advanced level practice and are able to demonstrate to employers their professional competence in counselling with coaching & mentoring.


What will I study?

In order to complete the programme of study you will need to complete 5 mandatory modules.

Modules include:

Level 4 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:

Leadership and Motivational Management
Psychological Development and Well Being
Contemporary Practice Debates
Existential issues in Coaching and Mentoring

The dissertation module extends the learning from the research project in the Foundation Degree. You will develop increased levels of critical evaluation as you conduct an independent yet supervised piece of research into an area of interest chosen in consultation with your dissertation supervisor.

Leadership and motivational management module extends learning from level 5 management and mentoring module. You will evaluate the theoretical concepts of motivational management and in particular issues of personal charisma, situational leadership and the nature of motivation. Key themes such as managing change, power dynamics and organisational culture will be examined. You will explore theories in relation to historical and contemporary management practice that resides in the Coaching & Mentoring sector. There will be an examination of contemporary tools for appraising, modelling and developing colleagues.  You will do this from a coaching perspective and explore the context and boundaries involved.

Contemporary practice debates extends your learning from the Foundation Degree. You will study current debates around practice and theoretical issues in Coaching & Mentoring settings and will critically evaluate issues around ethics, diversity, legal and social parameters of practice and more. You will look at the value of continued supervision and the potential move towards regulation. There will also be a focus upon he limits of Coaching and Mentoring, the concept of ‘professional competence’ and the responsibility to signpost and refer clients onto other services. You will engage in an evaluative debate around the dilemmas and challenges involved in Coaching & Mentoring in the current political and social climate.

The Psychological Development and Well Being module extends the academic and practical learning from the Introduction to Coaching and Phycology of Coaching module in the Foundation Degree. This module deepens your understanding and you will learn to analyse and critically evaluate theories of the triggers, symptoms and risk factors throughout a person’s life. The potential impact of a range of life events will be evaluated along with consideration of the concept of ‘psychological well-being’.

Entry Requirements

In order to join the BA (Hons) Coaching & Mentoring (Top Up) programme you will need to have successfully completed the FdA Coaching and Mentoring degree with the Univeristy Centre at Blackburn College. If you have received less than a Merit grade overall in your Foundation Degree you will be required to attend a guidance interview first to ensure you are fully prepared for the Top Up programme. Additional preparation for study at the Top Up programme may be required. 


How will I be assessed?

Throughout the course a full range of assessment techniques will be used. You could be assessed by examinations, including open-book examinations, practical assessments, assignments, briefs, essays, presentations (including group presentations), reports and portfolio building. 

Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.  This formal assessment will count towards your module mark and feedback is usually given within 3 weeks following the submission of your formal submission of work.

Additionally, some lecturers will provide informal feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions. 

Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.


Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities could include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.

You should typically expect to have around 15 contact hours per week if you are studying full time.

In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor.  

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.  The team could include senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers.  You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.


We endeavour to make timetables available one month before you start your course.  Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.  Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week. 

Overall Workload

You overall workload consists of class contact hours, around 15 hours of independent learning and assessment activity and any field trips which may take place.

Academic Support

We have a dedicated Student Engagement Team who will be able to provide support in the following areas;

  • Study Skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English
  • Academic Writing (including referencing)
  • Research Skills
What can I do next?

You may choose to continue with you studies onto postgraduate specialist training in fields of counselling with young people, teacher training, Masters level study or specialist coaching and/or mentoring training to name but a few. Specific career routes that graduates of the programme may choose to go down include: Life Coaching, Health Training, private coaching, Support Managers, Mentors in a range of settings including Education, NHS, private clinics, sport and leisure settings and more.


Career Options

Health Trainer

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 37.5 hours per week

Health trainers give information and support to people about healthy living and how to make healthier lifestyle choices.

If you are enthusiastic about the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle, and you've got good communication and motivational skills, then this job could be ideal for you.

To get into this job it will help if you have some experience of working in a community role. Entry requirements vary, but some employers will want you to have GCSEs (A-C) in English and maths. A background in health and fitness, weight management or nutritional advice will also help you.

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Human Resources Officer

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

If you enjoy working with people and you're looking for an office role, this could be the perfect job for you. Human resources (HR) officers, also known as personnel officers, look after hiring and developing employees. They look after their welfare too.

Most employers will want you to have qualifications from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. You will also need to have a good standard of general education. Previous experience of office work would help.

To become a human resources officer, you need to be tactful and friendly. Sometimes you’ll need to be firm too. You will also need to be careful with confidential information.

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Learning Mentor

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 37 hours per week

If you enjoy helping people overcome barriers and want to work in education, this could be an ideal job for you.

Learning mentors work with students and pupils who need help with overcoming difficulties that are getting in the way of their learning.

To be a learning mentor you will need a good standard of general education. You will also need experience of working with children or young people. People working with children will need Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

A learning mentor has good communication and listening skills. They also have a non-judgemental approach.

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Victim Care Officer

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 37-40 hours per week

If you want a rewarding job that allows you to help people facing difficult circumstances then this could be the career for you.

As a victim care officer, you would give support to people who have experienced crime and also to witnesses of crime who may be involved in court proceedings.

You don’t need any specific qualifications for this career but you will need to be a good listener, and be able to deal with people in a sensitive way. You would normally get into this role by volunteering with a victim support charity or through experience gained from working with vulnerable people in related areas, such as counselling or the justice system.

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Probation Services Officer

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 37 hours per week

If you would enjoy the challenge of helping people to change their lives for the better, this job could be ideal for you. Probation services officers (PSOs) supervise people serving community and prison sentences. They also help with their rehabilitation after release.

You will need a good general standard of education and some paid or voluntary experience to start this job as a trainee.

To become a probation services officer, you will also need to have excellent communication and 'people' skills. You will also need to stay calm under pressure. Sometimes you may need to handle challenging behaviour.

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Probation Officer

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 37 hours per week

If you want a fulfilling job that could help change people's lives for the better, this job could be ideal for you. Probation officers supervise people serving community and prison sentences. They also help with their rehabilitation after release.

To qualify, you would start out as a probation services officer, then train for a degree or postgraduate award in Community Justice and the Level 5 Diploma in Probation Practice.

To be a probation officer, you will need to be able to get on with a wide range of people and have a fair-minded approach. You will also need to stay calm under pressure and be able to handle challenging behaviour.

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Education Welfare Officer

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 37 hours per week

Education welfare officers work with schools, pupils and families to support regular school attendance. They help to sort out problems in school or at home. If you want to help children make the most of their school years, this could be perfect for you.

Employers will expect you to have some experience of education or the protection of children. Some may expect you to have or be prepared to work towards a qualification in social work. Others may allow you to train on the job.

To become an education welfare officer you will need to be a good listener without judging people. You will need to be able to build good working relationships with pupils, parents and teachers. A calm and firm approach in difficult situations is needed.

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Life Coach

  • £
    + starting salary
  • Variable hours per week

As a life coach, you would aim to support your clients to help them take control of their situation in areas such as relationships, careers, fitness, work-life balance and self-confidence.

If you've got good people skills and you’d like to use them to help people reach their goals in life, this job could be perfect for you.

In this job you would need excellent listening and questioning skills. You would also need to have an open mind and not judge people.

Life coaching is not regulated in the UK, so anyone can work as a life coach if they feel they have the right skills and qualities. However, clients tend to favour coaches who have qualifications and membership of professional organisations.

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Health Promotion Specialist

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

Health promotion specialists (also known as health improvement specialists) aim to improve the health of the population through education.

In this job you will need to be persuasive and tactful, so that you can inspire and motivate people. You will also need good project management skills.

To get into this work you would usually need experience of working with community groups, plus a degree in a relevant subject such as biological, social or behavioural sciences. You can also get a job in health promotion if you have a qualification and experience in a field like nursing, teaching or social work.

If you can communicate well with a wide variety of people and you want to raise awareness of health issues, this could be the job for you.

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