ILM Level 7 Programme Outline

Our ILM Level 7 programme is designed for senior managers and/or L&D professionals who want to develop their expertise and credibility in the fields of Coaching and Mentoring, or to establish or develop coaching on an organisational and strategic level. ILM Level 7 qualifications are equivalent to a Masters degree.

Programme Summary

Face-to-Face Delivery

7 days training (9am-5pm), split into four workshops (2 + 2 + 2 + 1 days)

Virtual Delivery

21 x 2-hour sessions, split into 4 workshops ( 6 + 6 + 6 + 3 sessions)


Access to online videos, documents and other resources to support the journey


Pre, mid and post programme calls with a tutor

Recommended Attendees

A maximum of 6 per trainer (Up to 12 for two trainers)

Target Audience

Senior HR and L&D professionals, senior managers and internal coaching champions

On Programme Support

Learner support available from start to finish from tutor/s and support team

Practice Coaching

Learners must complete 30 hours of practice Coaching

Portfolio and Assignments

Learners must produce a portfolio of evidence and complete 3 written assignments

Who should attend the ILM Level 7 programme?

There are no entry requirements for this qualification per se, but this programme is specifically designed for senior managers and HR/L&D professionals who want to develop their expertise and credibility in coaching, whilst learning how to utilise and establish coaching and/or mentoring at an organisational and strategic level. This would also be an appropriate qualification for individuals looking to move into an Executive Coaching role in the future.

What do I need to do and how long does it take?

To gain the ILM Level 7 qualification, you will need to compile a portfolio of evidence throughout the programme, which consists of:

  • Records of a minimum 30 hours workplace coaching or mentoring with senior level coachees
  • 3 written assignments, focused around your understanding of coaching, application and review of your practice and the organisational development of your coaching strategy
  • 3 book reviews of our recommended reads
  • Evidence of your own learning and development, including tutorial notes, supervision notes and reflections

Throughout the workshops, you will have direct access to your tutor and our support team, along with three 1 to 1 calls with your tutor/s, at the pre, mid and post-programme stages. Each attendee also gets access to our library of online resources, which includes coaching videos, blogs, templates and self-assessments.

The journey from the start of the programme, through to completing the qualification, usually takes between 15-18 months.

Benefits for the Individual

Personal Development

Critically review and develop your own skills, values and competence as a Coach or Mentor

Build a Strategy

Know how to review and build the context, strategy, culture and processes for coaching and mentoring at a senior and strategic level

Coaching and Mentoring Models

Understand and analyse different coaching and mentoring models and their impact


Learn how to evaluate the effectiveness of coaching and mentoring in an organisation

Plan, Deliver and Review

Plan, deliver and review coaching and mentoring contact at a senior and strategic level

Get Qualified

Gain a nationally recognised qualification and be able to take Coaching and Mentoring with you throughout your career

Benefits for the Organisation

Implement Coaching

Implement coaching in complex working environments or at a senior and strategic level in your organisation

Knowledge and Understanding

Ensure your organisation’s coaches and mentors are properly equipped with the skills, knowledge and ethical understanding they need


Benchmark your organisation’s approach against the latest coaching/mentoring best practice


Understand the measurable impact of coaching and mentoring interventions

Change Management

Understand how change affects people and organisations, and how to combat the pushback.

Reduce outsourcing

Develop highly qualified internal coaches capable of working with senior leadership, and reduce costs of outsourcing

Programmes Logistics

We run this programme both 'in house' for clients and as part of our regular 'Open' programme schedule.

In House

Typically for between 4-6 attendees. We can deliver this programme at a location of your choice, with a key focus on developing coaching and/or mentoring within your organisation.


We host Open ILM Level 7 programmes regularly, which are available for individuals to attend in order to gain the qualification.

View dates for our next Open Programme

The Coaching Focus Way

Our Level 7 programme follows the prescribed ILM syllabus whilst retaining our unique delivery style and method. The ILM qualifications framework is highly flexible and practical.

Our approach is highly experiential, engaging and focused on the practical – what works at work. Our intent is not only to deliver an outstanding ILM accredited programme, but to ensure that the participants leave with the practical capability to coach or mentor at work and really make a positive impact on their own performance and to that of their organisation.

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