ATHE Level 6 Certificate in Coaching

IntroductionEntry CriteriaQualification Content

This suite of qualifications provide knowledge and understanding of coaching and/or mentoring principles and develop best practice in their application. Each qualification has a specific focus and programme length aimed at meeting the needs of individual learners and the organisations, where they may be employed.
There are two pathways available within this qualification;
Pathway 1–ATHE Level 6 Certificate in Coaching (for people in Business/Organisations)
Pathway 2–ATHE Level 6 Certificate in Coaching (for people in Education and/or Training)

This is a core qualification available to existing and interested centres of ATHE.

Graded pass or fail
Advanced learner loans available in the UK – to check if funding is available see the latest Qualification Catalogue here.
For the progression routes visit our progression routes page.

Delivery Mode
This qualification can be delivered as full-time or part-time study via blended or distance learning.

Qualification Specification
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Typical Age

This qualification is designed for learners who are typically aged 21 and above.

This qualification is designed for learners who have the appropriate levels of experience and maturity to take on the roles of coach and mentor. For example, the learners may have extensive experience of working in the roles where mentoring or coaching is taking place.


For learners who have recently been in education or training the entry profile is likely to include:

  • a level 5 or level 6 qualification in a range of subject areas
  • other equivalent international qualifications
  • qualifications and/or training in coaching or mentoring.


For those whom English is not their first language we recommend the following standards of proficiency in English language skills or an approved equivalent for this qualification:

  • IELTs 5.5
  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) B2
  • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) 162 or above
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic 42-49

Learners must complete all 2 mandatory units and 1 optional (opt) pathway unit.

Unit NameUnit AimsCreditsMandatory
Principles and practice of coaching and mentoringThe unit aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the differences between coaching and mentoring, their application and the principles and practices which can be used in coaching and mentoring situations. This will provide a basis for learners to build skills in these areas.11Yes
Personal development for coaches and mentorsThis unit aims to support learners in identifying their own development needs in the context of coaching and mentoring and to plan to meet those needs. It also emphasises the need for continuing professional development and review of own activities that will lead to continuous improvement as a coach and/or mentor.8Yes
Pathway 1 Coaching(for people in Business/Organisations)
Coaching for business/organisational improvement
The aims of this unit are to develop coaching practice for those working with people in organisations. This will support increased knowledge, understanding and skills, needed for the personal and the professional development of the coaches and to facilitate institutional success.8Opt
Pathway 2 Coaching (for People in Education and/or Training)
Coaching education professionals
The aim of this unit is to develop effective coaching practice for working with individuals involved in teaching, training or other aspects of education.8Opt