Study online and earn an ILM-accredited qualification in coaching and mentoring.

Get a critical understanding of the role and responsibilities of the workplace coach. And learn to provide effective support for the development of others. Gain the skills you need to:

  • help colleagues improve their performance
  • use coaching to enhance organisational productivity
  • develop a coaching and mentoring culture within your organisation.

With expert guidance from our ILM-qualified staff, you’ll cover some basic mentoring techniques but focus primarily on coaching.

You’ll undertake an extended period of peer coaching to build your practical coaching experience, expertise and confidence.

Who is this ILM course for?

This online ILM coaching course is ideal if you’re a manager with responsibility for coaching as part of your day-to-day role.

It will also support you if you’re keen to move into a development role in your organisation or start a career as a freelance coach.

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ILM approved training

The University of Aberdeen has been approved by the Institute of Leadership & Management since 2012. This partnership means our programmes in Leadership and Management Development are coupled with a formal ILM qualification.

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What you’ll study

We’ll cover some basic mentoring techniques on this course, but it’s primarily a course to develop your coaching skills and competency.

You’ll develop your ability as a confident, well-practised coach.

You’ll cover topics including:

  • the skills, principles and practice of effective coaching and mentoring
  • how to undertake effective coaching within an organisation
  • how to review your ability as a coach within an organisation.

You’ll also undertake 18 hours of practical coaching practice.

You’ll have a series of live online tutorials to prepare you for these coaching sessions.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to...

  • Assess your own skills, knowledge and behaviours as a coach.
  • Manage the coaching process within an organisation.
  • Discuss how the organisational context can affect coaching.
  • Plan, deliver and review your coaching practice.
  • Plan your future development in coaching.

How you’ll study

Online learning

Our ILM Level 5 Coaching and Mentoring course is delivered part-time, 100% online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

This course is taught at undergraduate level by experienced ILM training professionals.

You’ll learn through a combination of online materials, live online tutorials that take place at fixed times, and peer coaching sessions.

Your teaching

Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including:

  • video lectures to stream or download
  • online tutorials
  • peer coaching
  • reading materials
  • discussion boards with colleagues and tutors
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library.

Live online tutorials

You’ll attend the following live online coaching tutorials, set at the following fixed dates and times (GMT):

  • 27 October (10.00 – 11.30) – Induction
  • 1 November (9.30 – 12.30) – Tutorial and Coaching Practice 1
  • 8 November (9.30 – 12.30) – Tutorial and Coaching Practice 2
  • 14 November (9.30 – 12.30) – Tutorial and Coaching Practice 3
  • 22 November (9.30 – 12.30) – Tutorial and Coaching Practice 4
  • 10 January 2023 - Assessment briefing
  • 1 June 2023 - Assessment briefing

These tutorial sessions are mandatory, but will be recorded if there are exceptional circumstances that prevent you from attending.

Coaching practice

In order to pass this accredited qualification, the ILM requires you to undertake:

  • 18 hours of coaching practice over the course of the qualification
  • with a minimum of two and maximum of three volunteers.

Wherever possible, you’ll need to select your coaching volunteers prior to the course starting. This is so you can set dates for beginning your coaching practice after the first assignment submission deadline. Your volunteers should be colleagues rather than friends or family, so you can practise coaching in a workplace context.

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Where this will take you

Your ILM Certificate

You’ll receive a Level 5 Certificate in Effective Coaching and Mentoring from the ILM when you successfully complete the course.

The ILM is the UK’s leading provider of leadership, management and coaching qualifications, with over 50 years’ experience in learning and development. Every year they improve the leadership skills and success levels of over 90,000 managers.


This course will certify your coaching skills and develop your ability to lead, motivate and inspire.

It’s designed to enhance the careers of managers and those with responsibility for coaching as part of their daily role.

But this qualification will also help you to move into a development role or start a career as a freelance coach.

Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

Free career support

Access our free careers service while you study.

  • 1:1 appointments
  • CV checks
  • Interview prep
  • Job opportunities

See how our careers service can help you.

Build your learning

You can continue building your qualifications with our CV-enhancing online Leadership courses, including further ILM courses.

Many carry credits you can build up into postgraduate qualifications.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course. But to complete it, you need to:

  • be available to attend the compulsory live tutorial sessions at fixed dates and times
  • undertake 18 hours of coaching practise with a minimum of two and maximum of three volunteers over the course of the qualification.

As coaching practise is an integral part of this course, you will need to identify volunteers prior to the course starting. Ideally, your volunteers should be colleagues rather than friends or family, so you can practise coaching in the context of the workplace.

This course is delivered in English. You will need a level of reading and writing comprehension equivalent to National 3, Standard Grade or GCSE.

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Start date
22 May 2023
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