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Coaching & Coaching Psychology

The Higher Diploma in Coaching/Coaching Psychology will provide you with the skills, understanding, awareness and knowledge to be effective coaches in both life and business domains and to respond creatively and positively to the current demands and uncertainties of life.

Entry requirements

Applications will be considered from those who have relevant experience in a related area of work.

Detailed 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.


One year. One evening per week plus some weekend workshops.

Careers or further progression

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.

Further enquiries

Hugh O’Donovan
Programme Co-ordinator
T: +087 630 7662

Pat O’Leary
Programme Co-ordinator
T: +087 329 8052

Subjects taught

Modules for this one year programme are as follows:

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.


There is a one-off campus experiential workshop at year end (costing approximately €150 for food, travel and accommodation)

Unique Aspects of the 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.

Assessment method

Continuous assessment based on academic essays and reflective assignments.

Application date

How Do I Apply?
Adult Continuing Education now welcomes online applications for ACE programmes from Certificate to Masters level. Students can register and pay online quickly and securely by simply clicking the “apply now” button within course description, and filling out the online application form. Once you are registered on UCC360 you can apply for additional courses without needing to register each time.

ACE also welcomes applications by post and an application form can be downloaded and printed from within each course description (on web).

Course fee

€4,000 per academic year.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: September 2017

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