Who are Notion's programmes for?

The programmes are designed for all levels of managers. Depending on your overall objectives and experience some qualifications will be more suited to you than others.

Level 3 Award and Level 4 & 5 Certificates have been created for anyone who has line management responsibility for others. You could be a team leader, supervisor, first line manager, experienced manager, senior leader or even a Board Executive... if you have management responsibility for others then these programmes will be beneficial.

The AIC® and Level 7 Certificate are for people who would like to become an Accredited Coach... either as an Internal Coach within their organisation (AIC®) or as a highly qualified professional Executive Coach (Level 7). The Level 7 is typically aimed at very experienced managers and senior leaders.

Do I need to be in the UK to join a Notion programme?

No! All of our programmes have the option of being 100% virtual so you join them from anywhere in the world, as long as you have access to the internet and a device to access it (computer / tablet / smart phone). In addition to our UK learners we currently have learners joining our programmes from USA, Canada, India, Japan, China, South Africa, France, Croatia and Dubai.

Our in-house, face-to-face programme can also be delivered anywhere in the world as we are happy to travel to your organisation to deliver the training. To date we have worked in over 30 countries.

Our face-to-face 'open' programmes are delivered in a country house hotel in Warwickshire, UK, so for these face-to-face programmes you would need to be prepared to travel to the UK.

Are there any entry level requirements for your programmes?

Yes there are some requirements but these are fairly straightforward: 

You will need to be operating at or be on track to begin operating at supervisory or management level (with or without direct line management responsibility) including up to Senior Management. 

For the Level 3 you'll also understand the different roles and responsibilities of supervisors, managers and leaders within your own organisation and understand the relationship between improving personal skills and effectiveness in a particular role.

For the Level 4 you'll also need an understanding of Management in the context of workplace and organisation and be able to relate improvements in management effectiveness to the improvement in team performance metrics. For the Level 5 you'll also need to relate improvements to organisational effectiveness metrics. 

For all the qualifications you'll need to be able to read and interact with online learning tools, be able to apply exercises back in the workplace, and have the ability to capture reflections and record them in a learning log. Plus you'll be able to apply new learning and insights towards improving personal effectiveness.

You'll also need access to appropriate devices to complete the online learning elements.

There isn't any minimum age (as long as all the above criteria are met) for the STAR® levels 3, 4 and 5 programmes or for OCP®, but you do need to be at least 19 year's old for the AIC® programme and the ILM has further requirements around work experience.

OFQUAL provides full details of all requirements so do contact us and we can share further information if you have any concerns at all. 

How much time per week will the programmes take?

This depends on the programme! The Level 3, 4 and 5 STAR® programmes can all be completed with minimal disruption to your day-to-day working life. Bite-sized 30-minute sessions a few times a week will see you completing the qualifications within 3-6 months. If you have time for coffee breaks then you can definitely get through these programmes. It does require some commitment to consistently work through the programmes over a 10-24 week period, depending on the programme. 

The OCP®, AIC® and Level 7 programmes, on the other hand, require you committing to make specific diarised sessions ranging from half-days to 2-days at a time, plus a slightly wider range of structured additional work. The Level 7 also requires a larger commitment of 20 hours of coaching, additional reading and a number of written assignments you'll have to complete, so you need to have a very high level of commitment for this postgraduate level programme.

Learner Guides are available for all programmes will a detailed breakdown of Guided Learning Hours (GLH) and also Total Qualification Time (TQT) - do contact us if you'd like further information about these. The TQT on the STAR® programmes are very much just part of your normal day job, so this is not 'extra' time you need to find.

The brochure also have further information about each programme.


How much do the programmes cost?

The costs of each programme are detailed in full in our brochure. Simply fill in the form below and we'll immediately email you a copy of the brochure where you can find out the different costs. 

The brochure prices are for individual learners.

For organisations we also offer volume rates and also in-house programme rates - so do contact us for further information on any of these.

Are payment plans available?

Yes! Payment plans are available for all of our programmes. Simply request your copy of the brochure to find out more or book an informal chat and we can take you through these options.

Is there any funding available?

Yes. Until 30th June 2020 there is funding available for the Level 3 Award and Level 4 Certificate in STAR® Operational Coaching & Management. Click here to find out more:


What's the difference between the qualification levels?

Level 3 is the equivalent qualification level as an A-Level or International Baccalaureate Diploma

Level 4 is the equivalent qualification level as a Certificate of Higher Education (Cert.H.E/CertHE), a Higher Apprenticeship, and a Higher National Certificate (HNC) awarded by a degree-awarding body. This is equivalent to completing the first year of an undergraduate degree course

Level 5 is the equivalent qualification level as a Foundation Degree (two-thirds of an honours bachelor's degree) or a Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) awarded after two years of full-time study at University

Level 7 Certificate is the equivalent to a postgraduate qualification and counts towards a Master's degree

Are all the qualifications recognised with a reputable awarding body?

Yes. All Qualifications are registered with OFQUAL - the UK government's awarding body of qualifications.

Notion partners with Open College Network (OCN-WM) to award the Level 3, Level 4 and Level 5 qualifications, and with ILM for the Level 7 qualification. 

What is the format of the programmes? How are they delivered? What is the journey?

There are three format options to choose from: 

Online Digital Programmes, Interactive Zoom Workshops and Face-to-Face workshops. 

The Level 3 and 4 Qualifications are 100% virtual with an exciting blend of activities including live tutor support. 

The Level 5 Qualification can be delivered in all 3 formats.

The Level 7 can be delivered virtually via interactive zoom workshops and some online activities or via face-to-face workshops.

All of our programmes have the option of being 100% virtual so you can join them from anywhere in the world.

Further information about each programme journey is detailed in the Brochure. Please request your copy today.


How do I book my place?

Simply request your brochure. You'll also be sent further information about how to register for your preferred programme.

When can I start?

For some programmes you can start immediately or at a time to suit you. 

The STAR® Coach, STAR® Manager and STAR® Manager Practitioner programmes can be started as soon as we receive your payment... so you could be starting your journey within a few days from today. 

The Operational Coaching Practitioner (OCP®), Accredited Internal Coach (AIC®) and the Level 7 Certificate in Executive Coaching have a range of scheduled start dates over the next 12 months. All available dates are detailed in the brochure and cohorts start typically every 3-4 months. Additional dates and cohorts can be added in line with demand and we also often run these as in house programmes too.

If you are interested in a programme and the current published dates don't suit you please let us know as we may be able to offer you additional options.


What happens if there is an issue?

Our dedicated Client Success Team are on had to support you through every step of your journey. You can contact them at any time via email, and during normal UK office working hours; Monday to Friday 9am-5.30pm.

What happens if I can't complete the programme?

Just talk to us. There are many ways we can support you during your programme and we'll be delighted to work with you to find a solution.


I'm interested in a programme for my organisation, do you deliver 'in-house' programmes?

Yes. All of our programmes can be delivered within your organisation; we have been delivering face-to-face and virtual programmes to our client organisations for 20 years and have a huge amount of experience designing and delivering the right programme for your organisation. Simply call us on 01926 889885 or email us at for further information.


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