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ILM Level 7 Diploma in Executive Coaching 

This qualification is for internal or external coaches, who work with senior level coaching clients, and for senior level people who wish to grow their coaching skills.  As this qualification is at a postgraduate level of study, you will be expected to engage in academic readings e.g. in relation to leadership development in organisations, improving leadership performance through executive coaching, evidencing enhanced organisational performance through improved leadership etc.  All such references will be provided to you on the course, and you will be supported to think through and discuss with peers, your understanding of these papers, and the implications for your organisation.


The ‘taught’ elements of the qualification (2-day workshops 1, 2 and 3, and the two ½ day workshops) provide the models, tools and theory, needed for the qualification. You will also be encouraged to share what you know/your experience/references you have found useful. 


As well as group supervision you will also have dedicated 1-1 supervision with a Taylor Clarke Coach Supervisor.  We believe 1-1 supervision is a really important support and challenge forum and a valuable part of this programme. 


Peer learning groups will be established early on in the course; many people find these invaluable in their learning – the support, challenge and networking achieved through these learning forums can be huge. 


Undertaking the assignments – whilst often not the part of the course which participants look forward to! – is often in retrospect, one of the most useful, in that participants are required to reflect in depth on their understanding of what they are learning, and the conclusions they are drawing.  This really consolidates learning, in a powerful way.


There are six facilitated discussion sessions; topics with associated reading are provided, and the tutor will join in with views and questions for you.


And last but certainly not least, your client practice hours provide a rich source of ‘real learning’. For the Diploma, you will need to work with six to nine coaching clients, and accumulate a total of 60 coaching hours coaching with them.  This needs to be carefully recorded, and you are expected to prepare for each coaching session, achieve set goals in each session, and reflect on the session afterwards.  We provide 1-1 supervision and group supervision with Taylor Clarke supervisors for these practice hours.  This more than meets supervision-practice ratios as set down by all the UK professional coaching bodies. 


An approximate timeline is given below:

  • Upfront: conversation with Gwynneth Rees-Kenny, to ensure the course is right for you 

  • Pre-work (various reading)

  • Month 1:  Workshop 1 (2 days: 0900-1700)

  • Following Workshop 1, begin process of finding practice clients; undertake pre-reading for Workshop 2

  • Month 2:  Workshop 2 (2 days: 0900-1700)

  • Following Workshop 2, finalise practice clients and start coaching; take part in 2 discussion sessions.  Take part in Tutorial 1 to support understanding of Assignment 1 requirements

  • Month 3: Workshop 3 (2 days: 0900-1700)

  • Following Workshop 3, carry on coaching and have coaching supervision.  Keep Learning Journal.  Continuing to work on Assignment 1.

  • Month 4: all other learning activities continue incl discussion sessions.

  • Month 5: ½ day Workshop; all other learning activities continue.

  • Month 7: ½ day Workshop; all other learning activities continue. 

  • Months 2-12: Peer groups meet (10 meetings in total)

  • Months 3-11: Coaching practice to total 60 coaching hours to be completed

  • Months 3-11: Coaching Supervision (8 hours in total)

  • The four discussion topics are: Evaluation of coaching; Endings; Hot topics in coaching (e.g. Internal-v-External Coaching, AI, Climate Change Coaching) and Clean Language & Metaphors 

  • Undertake Assignments, supported by Tutorials (Assignment 1 due in Month 5; Assignment 2 due in Month 12)

Overall, the diploma takes 12 months to complete.

Topics covered during Workshops:

Workshop 1:

  • Introductions and contracting as a learning group

  • Definitions and models of executive coaching

  • Coaching demonstration and debrief

  • Skills of coaching and skills practice: inquiry, listening, questioning, reflection and active listening as a coach

  • Self-assessment against coaching competencies

  • Coaching Practice and Feedback in small groups, led by a tutor, using CLEAR model

  • Mindfulness as a coach and a learner

  • Managing the executive coaching relationship, and creating the right environment for coaching


Workshop 2:

  • Coaching-v-Mentoring

  • Applying an OD lens to executive coaching

  • Coaching Practice and Feedback in small groups, led by a tutor

  • Reflective Practice

  • Using the Coaching Diary, Learning Log, Supervision Log

  • Developing a Coach Profile

  • Coaching Supervision and CPD for coaches

  • Forming Peer Groups


Workshop 3:

  • Adult Learning, Values & Beliefs

  • Who are we? Who are our clients? Working with the dynamics of interactions: personality preferences and communication in coaching (e.g. Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Transactional Analysis (TA) )

  • Ethics as a coach

  • Coaching Practice and Feedback in small groups, led by a tutor, including different creative techniques to use in coaching

  • Solutions-Focused Approach and OSKAR model


½ Day Workshops:

  • Co-Active Coaching Model

  • Positive Psychology, the Strengths Approach and Resilience building


Coaching Supervision

You will undertake coaching supervision with Gwynneth Rees-Kenny or Wendy Robinson.Both Gwynneth and Wendy are qualified Coach Supervisors – accredited by The Coaching Supervision Academy.Supervision is increasingly being seen as best practice not only for developing coaches but for accredited, experienced coaches.In supervision you can reflect on your growing skills as a coach, target your ongoing skills development – know what to try out next time for example, and generally be supported and challenged.


Please contact Gwynneth for more information and an informal conversation, to establish if this is the right route for you.



Gwynneth Rees-Kenny

Programme Lead

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