ILM Level 7 Diploma for Executive and Senior Level Coaches & Mentors

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Course Overview

The Level 7 Diploma programme is delivered through a combination of workshops, practical experience and assignments.  The course is designed to use coaching with clients or coaching operations within any organisation. It covers the areas outlined below.

Over and above this content, there are also six supervision sessions diarised during the course of the programme to ensure reflective learning takes place.

Mandatory commitment for this course is 5 workshop days, x3 assignments, 60 hrs coaching.


Duration: 3 Years – typically completed within two years.

Location: STEP, Stirling Enterprise Park, Stirling, FK7 7RP. 

– Assignment 1

Understanding the principles and practice of effective coaching and mentoring at an executive or senior level.

This assignment asks you to demonstrate your understanding of the context in which effective coaching or mentoring operates. You should demonstrate an understanding of the strategic and operational issues relating to coaching and mentoring for individuals and organisations. This assessment should take the form of a research project including and critically analysing substantial academic and organisational secondary information to answer the assessment tasks examining:

  • The context of coaching and mentoring within organisations.
  • Different applications of coaching and mentoring.
  • The conditions, skills and practice for coaching at a senior and strategic level.
  • The contribution of effective coaching and mentoring on organisational performance.

The case can be either “forward-looking” or “backwards-looking”.

– Assignment 2

Undertaking an extended period of supervised coaching or mentoring at an executive or senior level.

You are required to demonstrate practical application of coaching or mentoring in practice within an organisational, managerial or professional role.

You should complete an extended learning log over a period of at least 60 hours coaching or mentoring contact time with a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 9 clients, which should contain a record of:

  • The goals agreed with the client(s) and a brief plan of each coaching session, and an auditable record summary of the coaching activity;
  • Feedback from the client/organisation relating to the achievement of the goals for the session;
  • Your reflections on your performance, what you have learnt from it and how you will use that learning to refine your personal development goals and future practice.

– Assignment 3

Reflecting on your ability to perform effectively as a coach or mentor at an executive or senior level

This takes the form of a reflective review requiring you to complete in-depth and evidenced reflection and assessment of yourself in relation to the requirements and challenges of the coaching and mentoring role.

You should have one-to-one discussions with your coaching supervisor to assist in your performance reflection. You should also collect feedback from those observing your coaching or mentoring sessions. This could include feedback from your supervisor or peers.

ILM Level 7 Diploma

Course Contents

Coaching & Mentoring Definition

Advanced Coaching Models

Coaching Contracts 

Coaching Practice under observation

Psychological Contracts   

Supervision (inc.observation)

Theory of Core Qualities

Assignment Supervision & Support

Coaching Competency Assessment & Analysis 

Cultural Implications for Coaching

Feedback Models 

Coaching Evaluation 

Foundation Coaching Models   

ILM Accreditation

Psychometric Profile

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