Coaching & Mentoring BA (Hons) Top Up

This course is validated by: Lancaster University
Award: BA (Hons) in Coaching and Mentoring (top-up)
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 2018
Term Dates: View term dates

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.

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’.

Modules include:


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

Entry Requirements

In order to join the BA (Hons) Coaching & Mentoring (Top Up) programme you will need to have successfully completed the Coaching & Mentoring Foundation Degree FdA. 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?

In all modules with the exception of the dissertation (100% coursework) you will be assessed through a variety of methods. These include coursework, examinations, essays, critical analysis assignments, a practice-based report, presentations case study analysis, open-book examinations and a collaborative group work project.

Formative and summative assessments enable lecturers or tutors to monitor the learning that has/is taking place. Summative assessment is not always noticeable by the student as it is a continuous process; lecturers or assessors may observe participation and responses to class discussions and group work, a student’s response to question and answer sessions, participation in workshop practical and engagement with demonstrations. 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.

Students receive both formal and informal feedback. Formal feedback is through assessments, is usually in writing and given within 3 weeks following the submission date. However, some lecturers will provide group 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.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities 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.

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.


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"Quality of knowledge and skills varied from student to student which is to be expected and was generally of a good standard.  Students were presented with opportunities to demonstrate both academic knowledge and practical skills and performance for both of these areas was generally of a good standard."

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