Wellness Coaching

Wellness coaching course for those wanting to help others achieve physical and psychological wellness.

Course Code: BPS222
Fee Code: S2
Duration (approx) Duration (approx) 100 hours
Qualification Statement of Attainment
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Become a wellness coach and help people reach their full potential

Wellness Coaching is an area that focusses on your client’s psychology and physiological wellbeing. This course covers all of the areas that you will need to know about in order to offer wellness coaching services. Helping people reach their wellness goals can be a fulfilling and rewarding career option. Studying this course can help you work in a variety of areas in wellness coaching.

Being a wellness coach means that you need to help people change different areas of their lives, focussing on physical and psychological wellbeing principals. This course will provide you with an understanding those different areas, in addition to ways in which you can help your clients reach their fullest potential.

This course will help you learn the ropes and understand the industry that will lead to a rewarding wellness coach career path to help people make positive life changes.


Lesson Structure

There are 7 lessons in this course:

  1. Wellness & Wellness Coaching
    • What is wellness
    • Wellness Coaching
    • Scope of Wellness Coaching
    • Health and Happiness
  2. Qualities of a Wellness Coach
    • Education
    • Industry Associations
    • Personal Skills
    • Professional Development
  3. Dimensions of Wellness
    • Key Dimensions
    • Secondary Dimensions
    • Stress
    • Ways to Stay Healthy
  4. Theories for Wellness Coaching
    • Introduction
    • Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
    • Self-actualisation
    • Illness-Wellness Continuum
    • Wellness Energy System
    • Iceberg Model of Health
  5. Coaching Clients
    • Coaching Process
    • Wellness Vision
    • Tips to help clients set goals
    • SWOT Analysis
    • Telephone or online wellness coaching
    • Asking questions
  6. Maintaining Wellness
    • Habit formation
    • Ending the coaching
    • Strategies to help the client help themselves
  7. Working as a wellness coach
    • Practical Issues
    • Modes of Coaching
    • Employment opportunities
    • Small business in wellness coaching

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.


  • Describe what is meant by wellness and wellness coaching, and its similarities and differences to other types of coaching.
  • Determine what is required to become a successful wellness coach.
  • Discuss several broad concepts that inform knowledge of wellness and wellness coaching.
  • Determine how different theories of wellness can be applied to clients to help them better understand their perception of wellness, and accordingly recommend appropriate approaches to coaching them.
  • Demonstrate how to plan and deliver coaching to a client.
  • Explain to a client ongoing action required for maintenance of wellness after a period of coaching.
  • Discuss ways to work as a wellness coach and different modes of coaching clients.

What You Will Do

  • Go online and watch a short video or two about wellness coaching.
  • Understand common terms such as “wellness coaching”, “introduction to wellness coaching” or “what do wellness coaches do”.
  • Reflect on your own experience or discuss happiness with someone.
  • Research wellness coaches or other coaching services working in your area.
  • Research the World Health Organisation’s and your Government dietary recommendations for diet recommendations and healthy eating guidelines.
  • Research fad diets that have become popular recently.
  • Compare the difference between fad diets with the Government and WHO recommended diets.
  • List the skills or attributes you consider to be most useful for a career as a wellness coach.
  • Compare your own skills with your list of attributes for a wellness coach, understand where your skills gaps may be.
  • Appreciate what constitutes sexual wellness.
  • Understand the key dimensions of wellness and how you could assess your clients and how they are performing on this dimension.
  • Interview people to understand how they rate their psychological and physical wellness and what improvements they could make.
  • Create a client questionnaire based on Maslow’s theory to gain an understanding of their perceptions of their wellness.
  • Use the questionnaire to interview clients.
  • Practice listening skills and paraphrasing things that people are telling you.
  • Prepare a SWOT analysis on some aspect of wellness for yourself or a friend/colleague.
  • Change habits that you would like to change.
  • Break down goals into micro-goals.
  • Research business organisations that could be potential customers.
  • Identify business opportunities.
  • Use networking to source new clients.
  • Prepare a business plan for your coaching business.

This course teaches you about models of wellness, the coaching process, and how you can help clients to maintain wellness. 
Learn wellness coaching to become self-employed and run your own coaching business. Alternatively, wellness coaches can work in sport and fitness facilities, health care organisations, health insurance companies, online, or as independent consultants.  

Who is this course for?

  • People with some knowledge of wellness seeking to broaden the scope of services they offer clients
  • Food coaches, life coaches, fitness instructors, sports coaches, physical education teachers, counsellors, psychologists, health professionals
  • Business owners, managers, practitioners. teachers, writers
  • Anyone working in health, fitness or sports. 

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You can enrol at anytime and start the course when you are ready. Enrolments are accepted all year - students can commence study at any time. All study is self paced and ACS does not set assignment deadlines.

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Our courses are designed to build knowledge, hands on skills and industry connections to help prepare you to work in the area, running your own business, professional development or as a base for further study.

This course has been designed to cover the fundamentals of the topic. It will take around 100 hours to complete, which includes your course reading, assignment work, research, practical tasks, watching videos and anything else that is contained in the course. Our short courses are a great way to do some professional development or to learn a new skill.

It’s up to you. The study hours listed in the course are a rough guide, however if you were to study a short course (100 hours) at 10 hours per week, you could finish the course in 10 weeks (just an example). Our courses are self-paced, so you can work through the courses in your own time. We recommend that you wait for your tutor to mark and return your assignment before your start your next one, so you get the benefits of their feedback.

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Our courses are designed for adults to gain professional development and skills to further their careers and start businesses.

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We are more learning focussed, rather than assessment focussed. You have online quizzes to test your learning, written assignments and can complete an exam at the end of the course (if you want to receive your certificate). You will not receive a pass/ fail on your course work. If you need to add more details on your assignment, we will ask you to resubmit and direct you where you need to focus. If you need help, you can ask your tutor for advice in the student room.

Each module (short course) is completed with one exam.

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There are practical components built into the course that have been designed to be achieved by anyone, anywhere. If you are unable to complete a task for any reason, you can ask your tutor for an alternative.

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You can bundle the short courses to create your own customised learning bundle, Certificates or Advanced Certificates. More information is on this page.

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