To be eligible for this course you must:
- Possess at least a lower second-class Honours degree, or an equivalent professional qualification.
- Be able to provide evidence of substantial experience within a relevant professional role.
- Be able to provide evidence of your professional accountability, relating to a relevant code of conduct, ethical framework or code of practice.
- Have either the confirmed agreement of an employer allowing you to maintain a coaching role during the programme; have located a work based learning placement allowing you to offer coaching on a voluntary basis during the programme; or be willing and able to work within your existing private practice during the programme, if appropriate.
- Be willing to undertake an Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check, plus an occupational health check, during the application process.
If you are interested in this course, you may wish to first book onto one of our Open Days or Open Evenings to find out more. If you are new to Iron Mill College, you might also find our Taster Days a useful way to experience what it's like to study at Iron Mill College, before applying.
Applicants not meeting the stated academic criteria, but who meet all of the other criteria listed above, are welcome to apply for a place on this course. This applies to applicants whose training resulted in entry to a relevant profession, where substantial experience has subsequently been gained, but on a course which did not provide the required Honours degree. If this applies to you, please contact the Course Lead in the first instance. The Course Lead will arrange for a suitable assessment to be offered, which is likely to require an essay and evidence of your ongoing CPD and professional training. The assessment will be carried out jointly by the Course Lead and the University of Worcester Link Tutor, and will help to establish the academic ability of an applicant to confidently undertake a Level 7 course.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) / Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL):
Entering the Postgraduate Certificate programme though RPEL:
We recognise that many experienced professionals trained on programmes that were not validated at Level 6, and therefore are not able to meet the entry criteria for our Postgraduate Certificate in Positive Psychology Coaching. The RPEL assessment process is intended to provide an opportunity for qualified and experienced practitioners to apply for a place on the programme, when the standard Level 6 entry requirement cannot be met.
Further RPL information:
Applicants can claim academic credit for relevant previous study or learning experiences ("prior learning"). If you can demonstrate that you have already achieved learning which is equivalent to one or more modules, or to a whole year or level of study, relating to the course you wish to apply for at the University of Worcester, then you may make a claim for recognition of that prior learning. This applies to both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
Claims are not automatic; they have to be assessed by the university. Claims should be agreed at the point of entry to a programme, and are normally discussed and assessed alongside the application process. If your claim is successful it means that you do not have to take the modules for which credit has been awarded, or you may be able to enter directly to a higher level of study or into the second or third year of a course.
There are three forms of recognition of prior learning:
- a) Credit transfer - recognition of credit or qualification at HE level (4 or above) awarded by a UK higher education degree-awarding body in accordance with the relevant higher education qualifications framework;
- b) Recognition of prior certificated learning - (such as professional development awards or employment-based awards) which is a higher education level but which has not led to the award of credits or qualifications positioned on the relevant higher education qualifications framework;
- c) Recognition of prior experiential or informal learning.
Details of how to apply for RPL, and the relevant forms, can be found on the University of Worcester's applications web page.
How to apply:
Applications for this course are made using the University of Worcester application form, available to download by using this link (or from 'Download' section on left side of this web page).
Application documents can be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by post to 'Iron Mill College, Morwenstow, 7 Barnfield Crescent, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1QT'.