Coaching Professional Apprenticeship

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Level: 5 (Higher apprenticeship)

Course duration: Typically 14 months plus End Point Assessment

Available start dates: March 2022

Mode of delivery: Online workshops and tutorials that support self-directed online learning

 Announcement 2022 entry for all apprenticeship standards will go ahead unless government restrictions and social distancing requirements around Covid-19 make the delivery of the programme unfeasible. Detailed information on programme changes would be sent to pre-enrolled students and their employers prior to confirming their place on the apprenticeship.


There has been a growing demand for the professionalisation of coaching to include one-to-one coaching, team coaching, leadership coaching and for coaching skills to be embedded within culture and governance infrastructures to support future ways of working. The Coaching Professional Apprenticeship Programme, delivered by the Oxford Brookes Business School’s globally-recognised International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring Studies (ICCaMS), is ideal for employers looking to develop skilled coaches.

Learners will gain insights into the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to empower and engage people and teams to enhance their professional performance, enabling organisations to develop people who can better collaborate and innovate to deal with the increasing pace of change in diverse environments. 

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Who is it for?

The programme designed for employers seeking to strengthen their internal coaching capabilities. It is open to all staff who will have coaching or similar responsibilities, or for those wishing to develop their role in this field.

Entry criteria and costs

  • The cost for the Apprenticeship for 2022 entry: £5,000 (drawn down from the monthly employer levy)
  • Apprentices should have roles that give opportunities for significant coaching or similar responsibilities
  • There are no formal academic qualifications for entry beyond achievement of English and Maths Level 2, equivalent to GCSE A*-C or 9-4
  • Eligible to join an apprenticeship scheme.

English & Maths Level 2 are discretionary for entry if not already held; however, both must be completed by gateway of the End Point Assessment.

How to apply

We welcome employers and individuals to contact the Apprenticeships team by completing the expression of interest form below. Once submitted the Apprenticeships team will be in touch to outline your next steps and/or arrange a meeting with the faculty. 

Learning outcomes

  • In-depth knowledge, skills and behaviours relating to coaching practice in the workplace
  • Professional guidance and support on developing coaching expertise
  • Structured inputs to develop skills in:
    • Coaching Theory & Practice

    • Reflective Coaching 

    • Professional and Organisational Contexts

  • Participants will need to complete an independent End Point Assessment and on successful completion of the learning and practice content the apprentice will receive a certificate.

Modules and teaching overview

The duration of the course is typically 14 months, containing 435 hours of learning across 4 modules:

  • Coaching Theory & Practice 1
  • Professional and Organisational Contexts
  • Coaching Theory & Practice 2
  • The Reflective Coaching Professional

There are 435 hours, apprentices will receive 44 hours of synchronous (face to face) learning through a combination of workshops, one-to-one tutorials and tripartite meetings that provide regular contact with tutors. 

Approximately 391 hours will be studied asynchronously through the online learning platform.

To find out more, please download the course structure chart.

End Point Assessment

The End Point Assessment must demonstrate that the apprentice has the knowledge, skills and behaviours expected of a professional coach. The assessment will be conducted by an independent organisation selected by your employer from the list of approved End Point Assessment Organisations.

The EPA is typically taken within 3 months of the apprentice meeting the requirements of the EPA gateway and consists of three distinct assessment methods:

  • Observation with questions and answers
  • Interview supported by portfolio of evidence
  • Knowledge test

The Oxford Brookes experience

  • Oxford Brookes Business School (OBBS) is home to the International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring Studies (ICCaMS).

  • The Centre delivers expert training and education with programmes running from ILM 3/5/7 through to Masters Degrees and a Doctorate in Coaching and Mentoring with an addition of a unique programme in coaching supervision.

  • Each of the relevant Centre members and associated specialists are experienced coaches, highly qualified and professional trainers. .

  • The Centre has extensive experience in delivering professional coaching qualifications (e.g. ILM at Levels 3, 5 and 7)

  • Oxford Brookes Business School has a long history of working with business of all sizes and sectors, developing key services, and connecting individuals and organisations to world-class expertise and research

  • Extensive experience of delivering flexible programmes designed for busy working professionals.