Life Coaching

Become a Life Coach and help people make changes personally or professionally to make the most of their lives.

Course CodeBPS305
Fee CodeS3
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

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Help people improve their lives - become a life coach.

If you feel you have some life experiences worth sharing and you could be an inspiration to others, then life coaching may be just what you have been looking for. In this field, enthusiasm and a desire to genuinely see people thrive are important qualities but you also need to gain some insight into how to refine your skills to offer the best service you can to your clients.

What This Course Can Do For You:

  • Provide the skills to set up and work as a life coach
  • Qualify you to join the Association of Coaching
  • Help you develop contacts and build networks within industry
  • Raise your awareness of opportunities within the Coaching Industry
  • Lay a sound foundation of knowledge and skills which can grow with experience and further study
Life coaching not only involves planning and engaging in processes to bring about change, it can also involve the life coach in motivating the client to accept the need for inner change in order to bring about outer change. In the end, the processes of recognising a need for change and for managing change may be even more valuable and contribute more to the personal growth of the client than the outcomes.

ACS Student Comment: [The course] provides a thorough introduction to the practices of Life Coaching. It provides very good learning materials and practical assignments at end of each lesson. The comments from my tutor are always very encouraging and positive. The services from school administrative staff are excellent ". Wai Ming Au, Singapore MA MSc MBA - Life Coaching course.

Lesson Structure

There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction
    • nature of life coaching
    • cognitive behaviour therapy
    • different approaches
    • the scope of life coaching
  2. Individual perception
    • psychology of self-perception
    • perceptual barriers
    • motivating clients to challenge their perceptions
  3. A well balanced life
    • the inter-relationship between psychology and physiology
    • stress
    • the psychology of balance
  4. Coaching processes
    • key coaching processes
    • assessment of the client's situation
    • dealing with emotions
    • setting goals
    • replacing negative habits with positive ones
    • leadership qualities in a life coach
    • imagination and enthusiasm
    • clarifying goals
    • recognition of limitations
  5. Coaching skills
    • understanding the communication process
    • body language
    • communication barriers
    • listening skills
    • assessing learning styles
  6. Coaching and physical well-being
    • human nutrition
    • important factors in nutrition
    • physical well-being
  7. Coaching and psychological well-being
    • the psychology of self-esteem
    • stress management program
    • identifying stressors
  8. Coaching success
    • high achievement
    • coaching success
    • career guidance
    • managing your money
    • beginning a business
  9. Goal setting
    • values
    • aims and goals
    • types of goals
    • planning
    • future goals
    • steps for sucessful goal achievement
    • effort and attribution.
  10. Review and adjustment
    • indications that a program needs to be reassessed
    • client's lack of confidence
    • personality clash
    • over-achievers
    • health and safety issues

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


  • Define life coaching and differentiate it from other professions such as psychotherapist, counsellor, personal trainer and so on.
  • Understand that people perceive the world in different ways and identify ways to help clients change counter-productive perceptions without excessive discomfort.
  • Define a well-rounded individual and well-rounded life.
  • Define different coaching skills including listening, analysing, planning and focusing.
  • Identify ways in which life coaching can contribute to physical well-being.
  • Identify ways in which life coaching can contribute to psychological well-being.
  • Identify the areas in which successful life coaching can benefit a client.
  • Understand the importance enabling clients to develop aims, plans and goals.
  • Recognise the importance of reviewing and adjusting the life-coaching processes.

What You Will Do

  • Interview a life-coach (or someone who offers life-coaching service as part of their professional counselling repertoire) for information on the nature of life-coaching.
  • Identify principles that differentiate life coaching from other helping professions.
  • Consider pros and cons of different approaches to life coaching.
  • Conduct case studies to reflect on and/or observe the effects of different life-coaching approaches on improving a person’s quality of life.
  • Design and administer a questionnaire to research some effects of negative aspects of self-perception.
  • Discuss the importance of balancing a client’s limitations and encouraging to step outside their comfort zones
  • Identify means of monitoring an individual’s self-perceptions.
  • Examine the relationship and interaction between mental/psychological and physical health and wellbeing.
  • Consider how to deal with clients with special needs such as disabilities.
  • Identify the processes involved in life coaching and describe what each can contribute to a client's personal growth and development.
  • Discuss ways individuals might resist life changes and ways to facilitate change.
  • Discuss the pros and cons of assertiveness training.
  • Identify reasons that individuals are unable to make decisions.
  • Identify different life coaching skills and when they are required.
  • Explain the importance of listening to the client and how to do it.
  • Consider factors that might make a life coach’s personal skill repertoire ineffectual.
  • Discuss the role and risks of physical life coaching in the life-coaching process.
  • Research factors that must be considered when setting out a life coaching plan to promote physical health, and psychological health.
  • Identify crucial information to be included in the development of a client’s plan.
  • Discuss ways to nurture a client's goal setting, planning and self-monitoring skills .
  • Research how much life-coaches use/do not use individualised client plans.
  • How can the life-coach monitor the effectiveness of his/her program for a client?
  • Create and evaluate an action plan for a real person/client, including monitoring.

ACS is an organisational member (OMAC) of the Association for Coaching (UK).

 Students on the Life Coaching course can apply for student membership



Life coaching is a process that begins with identification of a need for change and takes the client through the micro-processes of planning, achieving and evaluating change to fulfill established goals. Although clients come to a life coach seeking to change their present circumstances or their feelings about their lives, many clients are very reluctant to actively and purposefully engage in the processes of change, and might expect the life coach to somehow bring about the changes without any real growth or development on their (the client’s) part.

At some point in their lives, everybody seeks advice from friends, family or professionals to help them make decisions or decide how to handle a particular situation or event. The life coach makes available the kind of consistent assistance and support that may be lacking in a person’s life or difficult to obtain when consulting family or friends who may have quite different perspectives.

A life coach can become a confidante, helping the client determine what is important, identify their strengths and weaknesses, and ascertain where they want to be in six months, a year, ten years. Life coaching involves assisting the client set personal and professional goals and establishing a workable strategy to attain them within a given time frame. For clients, a life coach can provide a life-changing experience, an invaluable opportunity to take control over their lives and fulfil their dreams.

  • DON'T CHOOSE TO LEARN BY ROTE! Education is not just about temporarily absorbing facts then regurgitating them during an exam, only to forget them months later. It is about changing the way you think. ACS is NOT assessment based. Our courses are structured to teach you how to improve your thought processes, which you will apply over a lifetime, not just a semester.

  • With ACS, you are taught by people who are active in industry. If you want to learn Psychology, learn from someone who has sat in the Therapist's chair. If you want to learn writing, learn from a widely published author. This is what we offer you at ACS. Many lecturers and tutors have spent a lifetime within that institution. Our tutors are university educated, but work out there in industry; which means that once you have graduated, we can advise you on where to next!

  • Our courses are flexible enough to incorporate a student's own experience; it is personalised, therefore remaining with the student long after the award has been received - Agriculture students report on their findings at a farm; psychology students work through long misunderstood emotional situations in their lives. Theory is combined with self-direction and practical application. This is how a student actually EXPERIENCES the learning, rather than simply LEARNING BY ROTE.

  • In a class situation, there can be hundreds of students to one lecturer or tutor. At ACS you have easy access to a tutor – by phone and email. Our tutors get to know each student, and are invested in their learning.


  • Distance education doesn't mean you're going it alone - you have tutor support every step of the way

  • Don't follow the crowd - develop uniqueness and skills unlike others in your field

  • Resources are extensive and under continuous revision

  • Study to suit your commitments - your education doesn't need to stop as life make demands

  • Our program design has less focus on assessment and more on your lifelong learning

  • Affordable study and payment options available 

  • Our independence from government means we can offer courses suited exactly to employer needs and wants chance of business success.

Other Study Options

If you are interested in this course, you may also be interested in -

Sports Psychology 

Certificate in Life Coaching

Counselling Skills I 

Careers Counselling

Stress Management

Introduction to Psychology

Certificate in Counselling (Care Professionals)



You also need to be able to be Skilled at Listening.



How This Course Could Help You

Following the emergence of coaching in recent decades, life coaches have become much sought after by some people. Sometimes people who seek out coaches are already successful and they need someone alongside them to push them further, in other instances they are people in need of a little more to help them reach their goals. This course encourages students to develop life coaching skills by working through case studies and testing out what they learn on friends or volunteers. Graduates will feel ready to go out and find themselves clients.

This course is of most appeal to people working in, or wishing to work in:

  • Life coaching

  • Business coaching

  • Wellness Coaching

  • Careers or Employment Services

  • Personal trainer

  • Youth Work

  • Teaching

  • Social Services

It may also be of value to people in allied fields such as sports coaching, psychology and counselling.



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Lyn Quirk

M.Prof.Ed.; Adv.Dip.Compl.Med (Naturopathy); Adv.Dip.Sports Therapy Over 30 years as Health Club Manager, Fitness Professional, Teacher, Coach and Business manager in health, fitness and leisure industries. As business owner and former department head fo
Tracey Jones

Widely published author, Psychologist, Manager and Lecturer. Over 10 years working with ACS and 25 years of industry experience. Qualifications include: B.Sc. (Hons) (Psychology), M.Soc.Sc (social work), Dip. SW (social work), PGCE (Education), PGD (Lear
Jacinda Cole

Psychologist, Educator, Author, Psychotherapist. B.Sc., Psych.Cert., M. Psych. Cert.Garden Design, MACA Jacinda has over 25 years of experience in psychology, in both Australia and England. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and a Masters in Psycholo
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