Life Coaching

Life coaching is a relatively new profession - although coaches have been around for a long time in the guise of trainers, instructors, managers and tutors for various professions and disciplines. Life coaching is not easily defined, but it is a type of mentoring which focuses on helping individuals to achieve what they would like to achieve and thereby to lead more fulfilling lives. Unlike other forms of coaching, it takes place outside of the workplace and is concerned with all aspects of a person's life.


Life coaches help individuals in many different areas of their life, such as:

  • Debt advice
  • Weight loss
  • Careers Advice
  • Business Advice
  • Health
  • Relationships
  • Self-esteem
  • Practical life skills e.g. time management
  • Physical wellbeing
  • Physical image
  • Public and professional image
  • Setting goals
  • Life- Work balance
  •         And so on...
Think Life Coaching is for you? Find out more:
"Getting Work in a Modern World" ACS Staff     "How to be a Life Coach" by ACS Staff
Distance Education Course

Life Coaching (BPS305)


Life Coaching is a dynamic and growing field!  To be a successful life coach you need to have a passion for helping people and seeing them succeed in their lifes journey.  This module will develop your skills in encouraging people to believe in their talents and abilities through goal setting, the small step/ big success progressive approach and flexible self-monitoring.  The course is aimed at students who have prior experience or training in related fields such as counselling, social work, health & fitness, psychology or naturopathy.

Duration 100 Hours (study at your own pace)


The course is divided into 10 lessons as follows:

1.  Introduction: Nature & scope of life coaching

2.  Individual perceptions

3.  A well-balanced life

4.  Coaching processes

5.  Coaching skills

6.  Coaching & physical well-being

7.  Coaching and psychological well-being

7.  Coaching success

8.  Goal-setting

9.  Review & adjustment


The learning outcomes in this course include:

  • Define life coaching and differentiate from other professions i.e. 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 the areas in which successful life coaching can benefit a client.
  • Develop the skills to enable clients to develop aims, plans and goals.
  • Recognise the importance of reviewing and adjusting the life-coaching processes.


  • 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.
  • Do 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 questionnaireto research some effects of negative aspects of self-perception.
  • Discuss the importance of balancing a client’s limitations and encouraging the
  • to step outside their comfort zones
  • Identify means of monitoring an individual’s self-perceptions.
  • Examine the relationship and interaction between a person's 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.

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