Life Coaching Advanced Diploma

Comprehensive 12 module course designed to give you the knowledge and skills you need to work as a professional Life Coach. Accredited training with expert tutors.

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  • Accredited training with one-to-one tutor support.
  • Study at home in your own time.
  • FREE course books – NLP: The Technology of Achievement and Life Coaching: a cognitive-behavioural approach. (With printed course only.)
  • Free life-time listing on on successful completion of the course.

A life coach works with individuals to help them reassess their current lifestyle and make changes, identify life goals, and move towards greater fulfillment at work and in their personal life. Coaches may also work with groups and organisations.

There are no set class times, so you can fit study into your life in a way that suits you. You’ll benefit from one-to-one support from an expert personal tutor who you can contact by email or instant chat at any time.

[testimonial company=”Advanced Life Coaching Diploma” author=”Jude Holloway” image=””]I’ve just finished the Life Coaching Advanced Diploma course and would like to say thanks to all the team – I’ve really enjoyed the course and found it incredibly useful. Although I’ve offered coaching as part of my work role for a number of years, the course offered a fresh perspective and really helped me to bring all of my experience and knowledge together. The advice on setting up a Life Coaching business was also invaluable. My tutor has been a great source of advice throughout the course and we’re still in touch regularly as I set up my new coaching business. I can’t recommend the course highly enough. It’s incredible value for money. [/testimonial]


  • Advanced Diploma in Life Coaching

Our certificates are accredited and recognised by employers.

Payment Options

Costs – Online Course: £540

Postal Course: £630

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Course Outline

Study topics include: building an effective coach-client relationship, identifying problems and strengths, motivating clients, understanding the past, goal-setting, changing belief systems, achieving life change, supporting the client, running your own life coaching business, lessons from high achievers. The course involves approximately 240 hours of study. Students have up to 12 months to complete this course, allowing them to work through the modules at their own pace. On average, however, it takes students around 10 months to complete the course, based on 3 – 4 hours study time per week. Students can also purchase an extra 12 months of tutor support for just £20 if required.

Course books – Life Coaching, Neenan and Dryden; NLP: The Technology of Achievement, Andreas and Faulkner. (Online course includes alternative reading
material delivered by PDF, not course books.)

Module 1: Professional Life Coaching. What does a life coach do? Setting study goals. Is the right career for you. Where are you starting from? Introduction to some key theories. Developing self-awareness. Ethics and legal considerations. Confidentiality.

Module 2: Your Belief System. Personal traits. Developing as a life coach. The importance of early history. Draw up a map of your belief system. Learn how to address and change a belief system. Coaching Models.

Module 3: Meeting Your First Client. Identifying client needs. Welcoming, supportive environment for clients. Establish a strong, working relationship. Boundaries and contracts. Identify key client issues. Analysing the client’s lifestyle and personality. Devising an individual plan of action for each client. Keeping records. Endings.

Module 4: Stress Management. Individual strategies and stress. Understand the impact of stress on health and well-being. Learn how to identify sources of stress. Explore effective methods of managing stress. CBT approaches to stress management.

Module 5: Core Coaching Skills. Core conditions: ‘empathy’, ‘congruence’ and ‘unconditional positive regard’. Active listening. Using questions. Coaching and difficult emotions.

Module 6: Further Coaching Skills. Focusing skills. Learn how to challenge clients effectively. Ways in which clients self-sabotage. Creative approaches in coaching.

Module 7: NLP in Life Coaching. Meaning and practice of NLP. Understand how NLP can be used with clients. Applying NLP principles in everyday life. Developing client’s NLP skills. Time management for clients.

Module 8: Group Skills. Developing client’s negotiation skills. Understanding influencing skills. Explore group development. Key relationship skills. Facilitating coaching groups.

Module 9: Online Coaching. Define online coaching. Explore differences between online and face-to-face coaching. Principles of effective online coaching. Online coaching tools and approaches. Creating online content.

Module 10: Working with Young Clients. Understanding development. Challenges of childhood and adolescence. Working effectively with young clients. Goals and structure in coaching. Recognise serious disturbance. Referral. Impact of childhood challenges on adult behaviour and emotions.

Module 11: Change and Crisis. Exploring the process of change. Change in the workplace. Client experiences of crisis. Coaching in crisis situations. Crisis intervention strategies. Psychological impact of violence or trauma. Understanding workplace and relationship violence.

Module 12: Running a Life Coaching Practice. Practical considerations. Finding premises/working from home. Accounts. Finding clients. Advertising. Working with corporate and public sector clients. Continuing professional development.

Why Choose Us?

Our tutorial support is second-to-none. You’ll be assigned a personal tutor as soon as you enrol who will work with you all the way through. You can contact your tutor directly at any time if you have any questions or problems, or if you would just like a chat about how the course is going. Tutorial support is by e-mail and/or instant chat.

Payment Options

Costs – Online Course: £540

Postal Course: £620

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Online Study Option

Our online courses are delivered as pdfs direct to your email inbox. Our online courses are exactly the same as the postal version, but include a range of supporting study material instead of textbooks.

Borders Connect is one of the UK’s leading distance learning providers. All of our home study courses include study material, which is sent out in an attractive, hardwearing folder, essential course books and full tutorial support. We are accredited by the Open and Distance Learning Quality Council, registered with the Online Learning Council, and listed on the National Register of Learning Providers.

Helen Freeman

As a qualified counsellor I have to admit that I wasn’t sure how much new material I’d find in this course, but I must say I’ve been pleasantly surprised – the course asks you to look at yourself in completely different ways, and offers a truly fresh perspective on working with clients. There are lots of helpful practical ideas that I’ve been able to introduce into my day-to-day work with clients too.

Susan Brien

I really enjoyed my life coaching course, learned a lot and am now launching my own business. Great course material and an enthusastic tutor who was herself a successful life coach!

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