Certificate in Coaching Supervision (ilm Level 7)

Bristol Business School

Bristol Business School


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Who should attend

  • Coaches who have already completed an extensive amount of coaching and wish to further their development as supervisors
  • Coaches who are already, or, who wish to in the future, offer coaching supervision
  • Professionals who are concerned to develop a climate that is supportive and developmental for coaches within their organisations
  • Leaders, managers and professionals who wish to develop an understanding of the requirements of supervision and ethical coaching practice

About the course

At Bristol Business School, our portfolio of open programmes offers you and your business a flexible learning solution. We have a range of programmes covering a wide range of topics, including Finance, Strategy, Marketing, Leadership, Coaching and Mentoring, Innovation, and Design Thinking, among many others. Our programmes are delivered by experienced practitioners and academics, who combine cutting-edge thinking with a practical, real-world focus, ensuring our programmes meet professional and industry needs.

This individually tailored programme has been created to address the growing need for supervision within the profession of coaching. Coaching has grown quickly as a developmental and supportive mechanism for professionals, managers, leaders and employees and is now commonly available within organisations provided either by external or internal coaches. Unlike other professions such as social work, counselling and psychotherapy, supervision has only recently been established as the corner stone of effective, ethical practice.

Supervision provides a safe place for coaches to: reflect on their performance and behaviour, to articulate their emotions fears and concerns, analyse coaching relationships, consider their own well being and health, be reminded of best ethical practice, learn and develop and gain support. We passionately believe that effective supervision benefits the coach, the client, the organisation in which both work and the coaching profession itself.

This programme examines the literature, research and best practice guidelines of coaching supervision alongside individual's experience, own philosophies and models, through practical application.

What do I get out of it?

  • A safe space to critically reflect with fellow professionals on your coaching and supervision practice
  • A chance to critically review and evaluate existing literature and research on coaching supervision
  • A chance to practice a wide range of coaching supervision models, methods and techniques with fellow professionals
  • Knowledge and understanding of best practice in ethical coaching supervision

Benefits to you

This programme will enable you to:

  • Gain an understanding of the purpose and principles of coaching supervision
  • Critically assess and reflect on your own ability to perform as an effective coaching supervisor
  • Develop the skills and theoretical knowledge of coaching supervision methods, approaches, reflective practices and activity
  • Evaluate the contribution of coaching supervision to stakeholders

Benefits for employers

  • Coaching supervision is a key process for organisations providing in-house coaching
  • Develop coaches who are able to use the feedback from supervisory sessions to plan their own and others" professional development
  • Benchmark your organisation's practice against an accepted framework
  • Ensure your coaches are properly equipped with the skills, knowledge and ethical understanding they need
  • Meet client's supervision needs through effective assessment and relationship building


What does it cover?

This is a flexible individually tailored programme with no set delivery start date, consisting of 10 hours tutor of delivery time, encompassing:-

  • What is coaching supervision? examines the variety of definitions of coaching supervision in both the literature and organisations. It examines the complex nature of supervision and coaching supervision
  • How do your values and beliefs impact on coaching supervision?examines people"s own beliefs and values and the impact they could have on coaching and coaching supervision practice
  • Purpose and principles explores the academic literature, professional organisation"s literature and individual's own knowledge and thoughts on the purpose and principles of effective coaching supervision
  • Stakeholders explores the stakeholders involved in coaching supervision, their expectations, needs and place
  • Personal coaching supervision approach requires participants to individually research and critically evaluate a particular supervision approach that meets their own values, beliefs and context
  • Critically evaluate three supervision models builds on the research above involving group work to analyse different models of supervision identifying similarities, differences, gaps, pros and cons and applicability to different contexts.
  • Capabilities, competencies and skills analyses the skills, behaviours and capabilities required by effective, ethical supervisors
  • Reflective practitioner explores the meaning of the term reflective practitioner and its importance within coaching and coaching supervision
  • Coaching supervision contract examines the need for a contract within supervision
  • Content of a contract explores what is needed to be included in this contract and why. It examines the expectations and needs of all stakeholders
  • Supervision the practicalities examines individual's practice, identifying systems, procedures, legislation and best practice guidelines in order to develop own practice.
  • Personal Development Planning brings the whole programme together what has this course meant for you? What do you wish to achieve, develop and learn as a supervisor?

How will I learn?

This programme will be individually tailored to your context and learning needs within one to one tutorials, specially designed resources, guided reading, guided activities and introduction to supervision networks.


To achieve your ILM certificate, you will be required to complete a:

  • Research Project on your understanding of the context in which effective coaching supervision exists and operates in an organisational context (4,000 - 5,000 words) - This will be due six months after the start of your programme.
  • Prepare for and undertake 30 hours coaching supervision and reflect on your performance (3,000 - 4,000 words) - This will be due twelve months after the start of your programme.
  • Critical Reflective Review requiring you to complete an in depth and evidenced reflection and assessment of yourself in relation to the requirements and challenges of the supervisor role (2,000 words) - This will be due twelve months after the start of your programme.

You will be given a set submission date to submit each ILM assignment as the start of the programme. If you are unsuccessful in passing your assessment on your first submission, you will have the opportunity to resubmit your assessment.

What commitment do I have to make?

We would recommend approximately 200 hours including taught sessions and personal study time to complete the module and assessment. This is only a guideline and will depend highly on the participants learning abilities.


Certificate in Coaching Supervision (ilm Level 7) at Bristol Business School

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