UCC Adult courses

Personal and Management Coaching [online/blended or classroom-based] - PG Cert

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Personal and Management Coaching [online/blended or classroom-based]

  • Code


  • College

    Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, Adult Continuing Education

  • Duration

    10 months

  • Teaching Mode

    Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Qualifications

    PG Cert

  • NFQ Level

    Level 9

  • NFQ Award Title


  • Fees

    €3,100 per academic year. See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    NFQ Level 8 honours degree or level 8 Higher Diploma, in which at least a second class honours was awarded. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    20th September 2021

  • Next Intake

    September 2021

  • Venue

    Cork UCC Campus Classroom based or

    Online / blended version which has four classroom-based days in Dublin


  • Start Date

    September 2021

Course Outline

This programme will equip graduates to implement coaching in diverse settings such as business, leadership development, life balance, personal coaching, health care, social care, career coaching, sports coaching, performance and change management.  coaching is now recognised as a key component in increasing performance, achieving goals and optimising personal and group effectiveness. existing models of coaching are now being applied in wider contexts and in emerging new settings. this programme will assist students to develop new skills to meet increasingly complex life and management challenges and to practice these coaching skills to the highest standards. graduates of the post graduate certificate programme may apply for membership of the association for coaching.

Upon completion students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of the role of relationship in the coaching conversation or intervention.
  • Implement an integrated approach to coaching drawing on appropriate approaches and coaching models
  • Implement coaching in the development of effective leadership and within the process of managing change
  • Practice and integrate emotional intelligence within the coaching process through effective self-management, mindfulness and heighten personal and social awareness
  • Draw on reflective practice as a means of learning and develop effective writing skills with the use of journal keeping
  • Coach within ethical and professional boundaries following an established code of ethics and supervision

Additional Teaching Mode Information

Students can either complete this Postgraduate Certificate in Personal Management Coaching in a face to face classroom environment on UCC campus or through online blended learning. 

Year 1 Modules [Classroom-based delivery]

  • AD6001: The Coaching Relationship (5 credits)
  • AD6002: Coaching Approaches and Skills (5 credits)
  • AD6003: Coaching Practicum (20 credits)

Year 1 Modules [Online/Blended delivery]

  • AD6009 The Coaching Relationship (5 credits)
  • AD6010 Coaching Approaches and Skills (5 credits)
  • AD6011 Coaching Practicum (20 credits)

Course Practicalities

Lectures take place on UCC campus, Cork on Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm to 9.30pm, with occasional weekend workshops.

For blended delivery, online classes take place on Monday evenings 6.30pm - 9.30pm with occasional weekend workshops. Students will also be required to attend 4 days of face-to-face workshops over the course of the year. These workshops will be held in Dublin.


Continuous assessment based on academic essays, reflective assignments, coaching competencies and presentations.

Who Teaches this Course

Staff of Adult and Continuing Education

Why Choose This Course

The Post Graduate Certificate in Personal and Management Coaching can be used as  a building block towards a Masters in Personal and Management Coaching, see related course on this page.  A Masters requires the completion of 90 credits, the PG Cert provides you with 30 of these credits. For further information on how to build on this qualification towards a Master please contact the Programme Co Ordinator.


  • NFQ Level 8 honours degree or level 8 Higher Diploma, in which at least a second class honours was awarded.
  • Applicants are required to supply two written references. One reference must be a professional reference.
  • Applicants may be required to attend for interview as part of the application process.
  • The English Language Requirements for applicants whose first language is not English must have attained IELTS Level 6.5 or the equivalent TOEFL score

Final selection of candidates will be subject to the approval of the Programme Team.


Fees and Costs

€3,100 per academic year.

For further information on fees and financial supports please click here

How Do I Apply

Applicants need to be aware of the IT student checklist below before applying:

  • You will need access to a laptop or desktop computer running a modern supported operating system with all software updates.
  • Some of UCC’s services (e.g. the Canvas Virtual Learning Environment) link to an external site and also have mobile apps for iOS and Android Devices that you may wish to use as part of your studies.  However, we recommend using your desktop web browser for submission of assessments.
  • You should always use the most current version of your preferred browser. In general, we recommend the Chrome Web browser (Important Note: Internet Explorer will not work with Canvas).
  • We recommend a reliable broadband connection with at least 2Mbps or more.
  • You will require an Office suite of software (Microsoft Office or equivalent) and a PDF reader. You should always use the latest version of this software.  All UCC students will have access to Office 365 which includes software such as Word/Excel/Powerpoint etc. once registered.

Should you have any queries on this, please contact Programme Coordinator Pat O Leary at p.oleary@ucc.ie 

During your online application you will be required to upload the following documents:

  • Application Statement
  • Birth Cert or Passport
  • Passport Photograph 
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • English Language Test Report [if applicable]
  • Transcripts [if applicable]

NOTE: Once you have selected your course your application saves automatically.  If you don't complete your application in one session you can access your draft application in the "My Applications" section of the UCC360 application portal. The My Applications section will also keep you updated on the status of your application.

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Year 1 Modules

  • AD6001: The Coaching Relationship (5 credits)
    The coaching relationship, history of coaching, coaching qualities, skills and competencies.
  • AD6002: Coaching Approaches and Skills (5 credits)
    Person centred coaching, transference and counter transference, goal setting, an integrated approach to coaching.
  • AD6003: Coaching Practicum (20 credits)
    Learning through participation in a work setting, supervision, record keeping, reflective writing, written and oral presentations, ethics in coaching and developmental plan.

Year 2 Modules

Year 3 Modules

Year 4 Modules

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