Coaching and mentoring are critical leadership and management competencies and employees are asking more of it.

The Neuroscience, Coaching and Mentoring programme offers prospective students an opportunity (and competitive edge) to study basic neuroscience, coaching and mentoring at UWC. On completion, students have the opportunity to become an internationally accredited coach and mentor through the ILM (www.i-l-m). It also carries 18 CPD points with SIOPSA. All at no extra cost!

Who is it for?

This course is designed for individuals seeking to gain the skills and confidence to coach and mentor others as part of their normal role at the workplace. It’s also the ideal starting point for a career in coaching and mentoring. 

Target learner profile

  • Industrial Psychologists and HR practitioners 
  • Managers as workplace coaches
  • Individuals starting a career in coaching and mentoring
  • Individuals starting a coaching practice

Benefits to participants 

  • Learn how to develop people with powerful brain-based coaching and mentoring tools
  • Understand neuroscience and approach and avoid states 
  • An enhanced understanding of the neuroscientific approach to coaching and mentoring 
  • Confidence to coach effectively
  • Tools for succession planning
  • Personal development
  • The ability to grow both individuals and teams more effectively
  • Explore coaching and mentoring models such as A.R.R.O.W and the mentoring relationship model
  • Analyse, assess and plan to improve your own coaching and mentoring ability

Benefits to employers

  • Create a coaching and mentoring culture within organisations 
  • Ensure the individuals you develop are properly equipped with the skills, knowledge and ethical understanding they need
  • Improve absenteeism
  • Increase employee responsibility 
  • Implement succession planning
  • Develop diversity in the workplace

Structure of the programme 

  • Introduction to basic neuroscience 
  • Introduction to what coaches and mentors do
  • Understanding good practice in workplace coaching and mentoring and the processes of coaching and mentoring 
  • Understand the qualities and abilities individuals need to be effective in this role
  • The environment of business in which coaching and mentoring takes place
  • Coaching and mentoring ethics in business
  • Intrapreneurship and entrepreneurship 

Delivery methods

  • 6 structured training days
  • Reflective learning logs/diaries


Certificate of Competence will only be issued to those participants who successfully meet the assessment criteria. The Certificate will be issued by the University of the Western Cape in accordance with the rules of the university.


  • Price R 26 500 p/p

NQF alignment 

  • The programme is presented on the competency level of an NQF 6

CPD points

  • 18 SIOPSA accredited CPD points 


  • Nine months or 176 hours
  • Classroom training (42hrs) 
  • Assignment and feedback on assignment (25hrs)
  • Coaching and evidence of coaching and mentoring hours, log signed by client (24hrs)
  • One tutorial session (4hrs)
  • Coach supervision (4hrs)
  • Self-study – prescribed workbook (12hrs)
  • Self-study – journals (9hrs)
  • Preparation and presentation of personal development plan (8hrs)

Admission requirements 

  • Minimum: Matric Certificate with a minimum of 4 years relevant experience. Potential candidates should be working for an organisation.

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