Coaching & Coaching Psychology

University College Cork

Coaching & Coaching Psychology

Why Choose This Course
Throughout our lives the three fundamental challenges we face are dealing with people, problems and tasks. Much of our learning is around problem solving and getting the job done. However as we progress through life and our careers we are faced with the choice of taking more responsibility and inevitably leading and managing others. In this instance we have not always developed an awareness of our style of engagement and how best to develop a conversation that is likely to motivate others and enhance their performance and well-being. This course explores a positive engagement with self and the processes underpinning positive approaches to motivating others both individually and in groups/teams.

On completion of the course, you will be able to:

Understand the theory underpinning coaching and a range of models and approaches to coaching

Coach a coachee from a current state to a desired state

Develop a reflective practice to support your coaching process
This course potentially grows and develops the inter-personal and intra-personal skills (emotional intelligence and fitness) which are likely to add value in the development of your career and are transferable and applicable in business, organisational, educational and health settings amongst others.

The coaching skills developed on this programme are likely to help individuals and groups improve performance, increase well-being, harness and apply strengths, achieve goals and build resilience in dealing with uncertainty and change.

Subjects taught

Year 1 Modules

AD5004: The Skilled Coach (15 credits)
Life/Business Coaching.

AD5005: Coaching Project (15 credits)
Research and review of Coaching material.

AP5812: Coaching and the Coaching Context (5 credits)
Background, History, Coaching qualities, skills and competencies.

AP5813: Coaching Approaches, Models and Interventions (10 credits)
Approaches, models and coaching interventions.

AP5814: The Psychology of Coaching and Perspectives on the Self (10 credits)
How the mind works, self awareness and mindfulness.

AP5815: Intra/Inter personal Communciation and Awareness (5 credits)
Communication, empathetic listening skills.

Entry requirements

Candidates will be required to have relevant experience in a
related working role or hold a primary degree in any discipline

Candidates may be required to attend for interview

English Language Requirement
All applicants whose first language is not English must have attained IELTS Level 6.5 or the equivalent TOEFL

Application dates

Closing Date: September 2023

How Do I Apply
Applicants need to be aware of the IT student checklist below before applying:

You will need access to a laptop or desktop computer running a modern supported operating system with all software updates.

Some of UCC's services (e.g. the Canvas Virtual Learning Environment) link to an external site and also have mobile apps for iOS and Android Devices that you may wish to use as part of your studies. However, we recommend using your desktop web browser for submission of assessments.

You should always use the most current version of your preferred browser. In general, we recommend the Chrome Web browser (Important Note: Internet Explorer will not work with Canvas).
We recommend a reliable broadband connection with at least 2Mbps or more.

You will require an Office suite of software (Microsoft Office or equivalent) and a PDF reader. You should always use the latest version of this software. All UCC students will have access to Office 365 which includes software such as Word/Excel/Powerpoint etc. once registered.

To Apply for this course please follow the steps below:

When you log into the Application Portal:

Click Apply Online

Select Start a new Adult & Continuing Education Application

On the 2nd tab Academic Level

Select the following options:

Academic Level: Adult Continuing Education (ACE at UCC)
Course Type: ACE Part-time Courses
Academic Programme: The course title you are applying for.

During your online application you will be required to upload the following documents:

Application Statement
Birth Cert or Passport
Passport Photograph
Curriculum Vitae
English Language Test Report [if applicable]
Transcripts [if applicable]


1 year part-time

Blended - Online lectures with in person workshops.

From September to December there will be five one day workshops taking place face to face in UCC Campus in Cork with a total of 13 evening (Wednesday) online lectures. From January to June four one day workshops will take place face to face in UCC Campus in Cork with a total of 17 evening online lectures. In addition there is also a 2 day experiential face to face workshop during this term (costing approximately €200 for food, travel and accommodation).

Class takes place Wednesday evenings plus some weekend workshops.

More details
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  • Qualifications

    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Blended

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