Executive coaching programme – Tavistock Consulting (ECP)

Improve your effectiveness as a coach and develop your coaching career

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Develop your coaching career, or improve your effectiveness as an internal coach within your organisation, with Tavistock Consulting’s executive coaching programme, accredited by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) at senior practitioner level.

By exploring how to work at a deeper level with your coaching clients, you will increase your capability and confidence to help them understand root causes and change in a way that results in sustainably better relationships, clearer goals and more effective action.

Please note: you may see the ECP course also referred to as SCTCTP002 in communications from our application system.

About this course

This programme is rooted in a systems-psychodynamic approach to organisations and is practice-based. It uses different learning techniques to develop your in-depth coaching skills including experiential exercises, facilitated role-play, theory presentations, skills practice, video analysis and reflective plenary sessions. There is a focus on noticing and making sense of your actions, both as a coach and in the learning environment: the experiential learning the Tavistock is famous for.

You will undertake ninety hours of coaching and receive intensive supervision, both one to one with an experienced supervisor and in small coaching syndicates and supervision groups. You will develop your coaching practice under group and individual supervision and your reflective capacity through detailed feedback on the reflective log you will submit following each two day programme module.

The modules on this course will cover different aspects of coaching including defining the task of coaching, understanding and developing yourself as an effective coach, the impact of coaching on the client’s organisation, working with difference and issues of diversity, developing the coaching relationship with clients, linking coaching to the wider business environment and ethical practice.

The external examiner for the course is Erik de Haan, Director of the Centre for Coaching at Ashridge Business School.

Who is this course for?

The course is suitable for:

  • practising coaches who want to work at a deeper level with clients
  • organisational consultants who wish to develop their one-to-one coaching skills
  • executives, managers and clinicians wanting to add coaching to their portfolio.

Course details

There are no academic qualifications required for entry into the course, and participants come from many professional backgrounds. Participants share a desire to work at a deeper one-to-one level with clients in organisations, in order to help improve working relationships and personal effectiveness.

Decisions about suitability are based on a one-to-one interview with a member of the course faculty.

Course fees: £9,500

For more information about financing your studies and your fee status, please see our fees and funding area.

Please note that course fees are subject to a 3% or CPI uplift each year, whichever is greater.

We are happy to offer a range of ways to pay your fees, as well as some funding for specific courses.


For the award of the Tavistock Consulting certificate in executive coaching, participants must satisfy course staff that they possess the relevant competencies for practice in alignment with the EMCC senior practitioner competency framework.

50% is based on continuous assessment of the development of students’ coaching skills through observation including a mid-course and end-of-course review, 50% on written submissions i.e. case summaries based on current coaching practice.


Attendance is part-time, with a mix of online and face-to-face teaching.

Module / SessionIn Person Dates & Times
Module 19.00am – 5.30pm, 7 – 8 November 2024
Module 29.00am – 5.30pm, 13 – 14 January 2025
Group Supervision9.00am – 1.00pm, 15 January 2025
Module 39.00am – 1.00pm, 10 – 11 March 2025
Group Supervision9.00am – 1.00pm, 12 March 2025
Module 49.00am – 5.30pm, 28 – 29 April 2025
Group Supervision9.00am – 1.00pm, 30 April 2025
Module 59.00am – 5.30pm, 23 – 24 June 2025
Group Supervision9.00am – 1.00pm, 25 June 2025
Group Supervision9.00am – 6.00pm, 15 September 2025
Group Supervision9.00am – 6.00pm, 17 November 2025
Individual SupervisionTo be arranged directly between participant and supervisor

In addition there will be four 1.5 hour reading seminars between modules, which will be delivered online. Dates will be confirmed in advance of the programme.

Please note: dates and delivery may be subject to change.

Graduates from this course often develop their existing coaching practice to focus on systems-psychodynamic coaching with their new qualification, or set up a new coaching career as freelance coach.

They have also gone on to develop a coaching practice as an internal coach, for example working in an HR role and coaching within their organisation.

Why study with us?

This method of executive coaching will enable you to work at depth using emotional data to tackle the hard-to-reach issues that sometimes limit the performance of leaders, teams and organisations.

This programme and qualification can also be commissioned as a bespoke course to take place inside a client organisation or HR department.


“When I decided to qualify as an executive coach, I immediately knew that I wanted to train at Tavistock Consulting. Over the years in my role as an HR Director I had got to know more about their approach having received executive coaching myself and having commissioned a piece of consultancy work from Tavistock Consulting. What differentiates them is a focus on what lies beneath the surface – what is really driving feelings and behaviours in organisations. The training programme is robust and strikes the perfect balance between theory and practice. I now feel very well equipped to progress my career as a coach.”
Head of HR and executive coach (2014/15)
“When the executive coaching course pops into mind, a smile comes to my mind. I love it: I think the group works well and is forming a nice cohesive and empathic whole. The slow-but-deep teaching style and the complementary approaches of the two teachers works well for me. I like the balance of theory and experience, a cycle of thinking-reflecting-doing-reflecting and I like it too because, so far at least, even when I’m in the hot-seat, I’ve felt safe. This is not an easy environment to create, but when it is created, it really fosters learning and higher levels of motivation.”
Director of management consultancy practice (2013/14)
“Looking back, I do think this is an excellent programme and for me, absolutely essential to bring to fruition my previous learnings. The Executive Coaching programme has really enabled me to integrate what I previously learned at the Tavistock into my practice. I would recommend it strongly to anyone who wants to apply systemic psychodynamic thinking to coaching and consultancy.”
Emeritus Professor of Management University College Cork, Ireland (2012/13)

Course facilitators

Validations and accreditations

e European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC)

This programme is accredited at senior practitioner level by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC).

Research and publications

The following publications have recently been produced by course faculty:

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