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Happy Woman JumpingPostgraduate Certificate in Positive Psychology Coaching (Validated by University of Worcester)

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.

This course is validated by University of Worcester:

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Course Details

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 please note that this course is not EMCC accredited.
Admissions policy:

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.

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, against EMCC Competency Criteria (2015).

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: see 'Additional expenses' section under the 'Fees' tab.
  • 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 (see the 'Additional expenses' section under the 'Fees' tab).
  • An occupational health assessment ('SOMA') arranged via the University on acceptance of a place. 

Recognition of Prior Learning:

Students with relevant previous study at postgraduate level or with extensive experience may be considered eligible for recognition of prior learning regarding their entry criteria. Please download the PG Cert Positive Psychology Coaching Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) 2019-20 document for further information and contact 

Admissions procedures:

Applicants will apply for a place on this programme through the link provided on the Iron Mill website, and will be required to fill in a short questionnaire and attend an interview as formal parts of the admissions process.

All applicants who are successful at interview and accept an offer will be required to complete the University Occupational Health assessment form and apply for a DBS certificate (both arranged via the University of Worcester).

Admissions / selection criteria

Students will be offered a place on the programme if they meet the entry criteria and can demonstrate experience in relation to the EMCC Competency Criteria. This is assessed at interview and via the questionnaire:

  • Evidence of coaching or mentoring experience, or similar.
  • The professionalism and expereince required for the role of coach.
  • A well-established career within related roles.
  • The ability to access coaching clients through employment or self-employment.
  • A relational, non-judgemental and empathetic approach to others.
  • Familiarity with, and adherence to, a relevant published code of conduct, ethical framework or code of practice.

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. Alternatively the Course Tutor would be happy to speak with you personally – please contact us if you would like us to put you in touch.

How to apply:

Applications for this course are made via the University of Worcester, using this link

Please also let us know when you have submitted an application to the University of Worcester, by emailing admissions@ironmill.co.uk,

Upcoming intakes:

Exeter: October 2019 Weekend intake. Course Commences Friday 18th October (Welcome Day)

Please find full details under 'Dates' tab of this web page.

How to apply:

Applications for this course are made via the University of Worcester, using this link.

Please also let us know when you have submitted an application to the University of Worcester, by emailing 


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