Structure and content
This work-based, modular programme (block release
programme) runs over two years. Apart from a two-day introduction,
participants are required to attend four class contact blocks (of a week
each) on campus during the first year and complete the final block and a
research report during the second year. This will allow students to
work full-time while they study. It will also enable working
professionals from all over South Africa and beyond its borders to
register for the programme.
The programme consists of three phases:
- Phase 1 – class programme: Students have to
attend four blocks of one week each on the USB campus during the first
year. During this time, they will be exposed to various models to
discover their own particular framework for coaching. Coaching practice,
case studies and assignments form part of this phase of the programme.
- Phase 2 – professional assessment: Students’
coaching competence is assessed both in terms of their ability to convey
their personal coaching approach and style, and in terms of
authentically displaying coaching skills which resonate with their own
model. This phase takes one week at the beginning of the second year.
- Phase 3 – research and development: Students
have to complete a research assignment during the second year of
enrolment. During this phase, a tutor will be assigned to each student
based on the student’s field of interest. Students may schedule a number
of face-to-face sessions with their tutors to discuss coaching issues
that may arise. The cost of up to five of these sessions is included in
the tuition fees.
- Throughout – triad practice, supervision and coaching:
A significant part of the students’ journey is to coach and be coached.
They must complete 40 hours of coaching and receive 20 hours of
coaching (all of which is self-funded).
"5 modules (1 each) and a research assignment
over 2 years"
Class programme modules
programme will be delivered through lectures, tutorials, case studies,
assignments, practical work and independent research. The class
programme covers the following:
USB reserves the right to modify the contents of subjects
and to combine subject matter for better integration of learning areas.
This is in the interest of continuous improvement of the curriculum
- Module 1: Orientation to Coaching; Learning
Theory and Learning Styles; Adult Learning and Self-organised Learning;
Forming Triads; Positive Psychology; Systems Theory and its Relevance to
Management Coaching; Ethics in Coaching; Continuous Professional
Development (The Art of Reflection); Integral Coaching Model; Skills
Practice and Supervision.
- Module 2: Coaching Frameworks; The Business
Coaching Process; Coaching for Performance; Experiential Models of
Coaching; The Role Coaching Plays in Strategy Implementation; Research
and Development; Continuous Professional Development, Assignment, Case
Studies, Skills Practice and Supervision.
- Module 3: Coaching for Organisational
Alignment; Leadership and Transformation; A Team Approach to Coaching;
Research and Development; Assignment, Skills Practice and Supervision;
and Psychology Meets Coaching (how to know your limits and set your
personal and professional boundaries).
- Module 4: Exploring Learning Conversations in
the Context of the African Tradition of Story-telling; An Integral
Approach to Coaching Existentially in a World Characterised by
Multiculturalism; An Experiential Approach to Coaching; Research and
Development; Skills Practice; and Supervision.
- Module 5: Professional Assessment of the
Student’s Learning Journey; Practical Assessment of Coaching Model and
Framework; Practical Assessment of Coaching Ability through a Panel
Demonstration; Report Writing; Moderation; Meeting with Tutors;
Dates for learning modules (compulsory)
- Orientation: 1 – 3 February 2018
- Module 1: 5 – 10 March 2018
- Module 2: 21 – 26 May 2018
- Module 3: 13 – 18 August 2018
- Module 4: 29 October – 3 November 2018
- Module 5: 21 – 25 January 2019 (professional assessment)
Dates for supervision for 2018 group (compulsory)
- 6 – 7 April 2018
- 23 June 2018
- 15 September 2018
- 12 January 2019
Deadline for applications
- South African students: 30 November 2017
- ARPL applicants: 30 October of each year
- Students from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 30 November 2017
- Students from rest of world: 30 November 2017
- Study permits for foreign students at USB: Obtaining a study permit (study visa) from the South African authorities takes up to 12 weeks from the date of being offered a place on a programme at USB – hence the early application deadline for foreign students.
- Multiple entry visas: Students from non-SADC African countries and other countries with visa requirements who need to apply for study visas can obtain a letter from USB confirming the duration of registration at USB. This will help students to obtain multiple-entry study visas in case of modular studies.
- Timetable changes: USB reserves the right to change dates of the lecture schedule or subjects per term table. Students will be informed of any changes in good time.
- Late applications: USB will do everything possible to accommodate applications submitted after the closing date.
NQF Level 9 (new ten-level framework); 180 credits
Language of tuition