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What makes Tutoring and Coaching PGCert at the University of Worcester special?

This qualification will enable you to make a real difference within your tutoring practice to the educational attainment of pupils in Primary and Secondary schools.

You will gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Tutoring and Coaching which focuses on closing the gap amongst the educationally disadvantaged through the active engagement of standards, frameworks, theories and tools of tutoring.

It will develop and enhance a good grounding in the theory and practice of tutoring, covering the core functions of tutoring and coaching in one-to-one and small group situations.

It provides a framework for professional development and accredits the knowledge, skills and understanding of existing tutors and those new to tutoring who wish to engage with the National Tutoring Programme.

You’ll be challenged to actively engage with a wide variety of ideas and develop a repertoire of techniques and approaches to adapt in different tutoring contexts.

* Subject to approval



Key features

  • Helps you select and develop techniques and approaches for one-to-one and group tutoring and coaching
  • Explores diverse perspectives to tutoring and coaching in a range of educational contexts
  • Increases your ability to tutor confidently with your practice underpinned by theory
  • Enhances your ability to plan for a range of tutoring and coaching scenarios which will have real impact on student attainment within a range of schools
  • Provides a highly flexible approach to learning through studying at a time of your choosing
Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

Prospective students will be required to have a relevant first degree gained at 2:ii (or equivalent level) in subject specialism relevant to the primary/secondary curriculum or similar subject for the associated tutoring discipline.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 


  • One-to-one tutoring
  • Individual and group coaching
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?


Each week is sub-divided into activities and comprise of related segments. Each segment of teaching includes an introduction to the focus that week. Opportunities to discuss the segment themes through asynchronous student discussion forums. A variety of tasks intended to consolidate learning. Each of these tasks need to be completed in order to achieve the course learning outcomes. Preparation for assessment tasks are also included each week to help scaffold learning. An online personal portfolio of reflection on the impact of the course on your professional tutoring practice, or on other aspects of your life. You will draw on the reflective portfolio in your assessment to demonstrate you have met the course learning outcomes. A help area for the course leader to answer any segment related questions associated with the week’s themes. Quizzes and polls to self-assess your own learning and a resource bank. Whilst text, audio and video materials support your studies, discussion and peer support is central to the course. You will be expected to engage in discussion through peer forums in each segment.

Meetings with your personal academic tutor will be conducted via email, 1-to-1 online tutorials and asynchronous tutor group forums.

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement.  A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support from Student Services and Library Services, and also the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will help you to flourish and be successful.

Contact time

This is an online course where the majority of the programme is accessed asynchronously with opportunity to work through materials at your own pace. You will be required to attend an initial synchronous induction session. 1-to-1 tutorials will be arranged at a mutually convenient time for student and tutor.

Independent self study

Each module comprises of 20 study sessions, each of which represent a week of study. You will be required to study between 12 and 15 hours per week for six months.

Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Tutorials and support with assignments will be conducted via email and asynchronous tutor group forums.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including The Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.


  • 6 months full-time
  • Up to a maximum of 2 years part-time

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes tutors from the School of Education at the University of Worcester.

Teaching is informed by the research and all of our course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the peer discussion forums, the help area and completion of ‘formative’ tasks including self-assessments quizzes and polls. 

Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.  Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as essays, case studies and a portfolio.

A typical formal summative assessment pattern for each module course is:

Tutoring (Module 1)

  • 1 x reflective portfolio
  • 1 x essay

Coaching and Mentoring (Module 2)

  • 1 x case study analysis and coaching plan
  • 1 x portfolio

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.  


Where could it take you?

Tutoring is an excellent and flexible way to help individuals improve their performance in their subject or area of work. Whether you are graduating, self-employed or are registered with a tutoring agency organisation tutoring services are called upon for a variety of reasons including:

  • support with subject knowledge
  • exam preparation
  • close attainment gaps for educationally disadvantaged
  • support with career-change
  • lifelong learning

How much will it cost?


The current fees can be found within the tuition fees document on our figure out finances page.

How to apply