Postgraduate Certificate in Team Coaching

Our Team Coaching programme prepares participants for supporting innovation and purposeful change in teams and organisations.  We do this through a carefully structured programme of practice and applied theory.

The programme is only open to Home fee paying applicants.

Due to launch October 2022

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9 Months

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Course overview
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In our latest episode on the Aston Means Business podcast, Dr Uwe Napiersky and senior teaching fellow Dr Elinor Vettraino, discuss their plans to launch the Inspirational Team Coaching course, this autumn, which will lead to a Postgraduate Certificate from the Centre for Innovation in Enterprise Education at Aston Business School.

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Course overview

The Postgraduate Certificate in Team Coaching is a programme that enables you to build your knowledge, skills and attitudes based on established team coaching competences, to enhance you and your organisation’s performance. 

Using a range of critical thinking and creative tools, you will learn how to support your clients in teams to achieve courageous goals and optimise performance.

What you’ll learn

In the first term the focus is on building the foundations of Team Coaching. We concentrate on the importance of psychological safety, facilitating growth and innovation, and managing team dynamics.

In the second term we continue the journey with an exploration of the tasks and mindset required to be an team coach. In particular, we introduce playfulness and creativity along with design thinking, to develop the team coach’s entrepreneurial capacity.

The final term focuses on the real world development of a team coaching project borne out of the participants’ own contexts. This will support the development of professional practice and reflective mastery.

To find out more about this innovative programme, please contact the Programme Directors Dr Uwe Napiersky ( and Dr Elinor Vettraino (



Module 1

Team Coaching: Essentials (15 Credits)

This module aims to provide you with essential key theoretical frameworks of team coaching, as well as inspirational and entrepreneurial team coaching features. This includes a theoretical and practical understanding of key components and pillars, to critically evaluate them and to know the application challenges.

By the end of the module, you will be able to:

1. Critically analyse different approaches, concepts and fundamental principles that can be used in the arena of team coaching.

2. Interrogate and understand inspirational and entrepreneurial team coaching approaches, concepts and fundamental principles.

3. Diagnose and develop strategies for resolving real world team coaching challenges

We will provide you with access to an online short course on team coaching to ensure all participants have a basic grounding in terminology.  This short course will need to be completed during your first module.

Module 2

Team Coaching: Tasks and Mindset (15 Credits)

This module aims to critically explore the concept of entrepreneurial capacity and mindset in the context of team coaching, to identify inspirational approaches that can be taken in your practice.  You will engage in a critical self-exploration of your growth mindset, and ability to flex, adapt and pivot to emerging learning situations in your team coaching practice, building on creativity and playfulness in the coaching process.  In this module you are preparing yourself for team coaching practice.

By the end of the module, you will be able to:

1. Develop a critical understanding of the theory of entrepreneurial mindset development and its relevance for team coaching practice in a range of professional contexts.

2. Advance a critical understanding of reflexively working with team coaching processes and underpinning theory to develop inspirational practice.

3. Demonstrate critically reflective use of creative and playful processes to support team coaching practice.

Module 3

Team Coaching: Professional Practice (30 Credits)

This module aims to critically apply the learning from Module 1 Team Coaching Essentials and Module 2 Team Coaching: Tasks and Mindset, in the development of your practice.  You will hone your skills and capacities for inspirational and entrepreneurial team coaching through engaging in reflexive learning processes as a team coach. 

By the end of the module, you will be able to:

1. Critically reflect on your own capacity for inspirational and entrepreneurial team coaching practice.

2. Be able to demonstrate appropriate design architecture for team coaching experiences.

3. Advance a critical application of real-world team coaching.



Entry requirements

You will need to evidence some coaching experience, with groups, teams or with individuals and provide a critical reflection on this.  You will also need to evidence access to appropriate potential teams that you can develop your practice with during the programme.

You will also need to attend an interview as part of your application process.

A masters or bachelors degree would be an advantage, although evidence of at least 3-5 work experience would be regarded as equivalent.

Learning, teaching and assessment

The Postgraduate Certificate in Team Coaching runs over 9 months using a blended approach of on-site face-to face learning, and on-line activity.  We make use of real-world case studies and client challenges, as well as creative and practical tools, techniques and strategies.

There will be 8-10 days of on-site learning spread over the duration of the programme.  You will be expected to engage in a mixture of workshop and group learning, and independent study, as well as appropriate team coaching practice outside of the programme delivery.

You will maintain a coaching log which will support your assessment of practice.  This will include written critically reflective pieces, and practical observations of your team coaching practice.


UK students (2022/23)

Annual tuition fees: £6,500

Tuition fees for students are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. Any such increase shall always be in accordance with the law. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

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Career prospects

The Postgraduate Certificate in Team Coaching will enable you to improve your credibility as a practicing team coach.

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