The Life Coaching - Level 3 Course is designed for people who wish to gain an understanding of the principles and practice of Life Coaching and establish a business providing Life Coaching.

Life coaching is a practice with the aim of helping clients determine and achieve personal goals. Life coaches use multiple methods that will help clients with the process of setting and reaching goals. Life Coaching is not targeted at psychological illness and coaches are neither therapists nor consultants.

On successful completion of this course students will receive an accredited Level 3 Certificate of Achievement.


The objectives of the home study courses are to:

  • Describe what the life coach process involves, and would it does

  • Understand what makes an effective life coach

  • Describe the range of activities to which life coaching can be applied

  • Practice the skills of life coaching and evaluate the outcomes

  • Investigate the principles of establishing a life coaching business

The home study courses are split into the following 7 Units:

  • Unit One -Introduction

The following topics are covered: What is Life Coaching? (Coaching requirements, The aim of coaching, The coaching sessions) What Life Coaching is not (Therapy, Counselling, Teaching or training, Consultancy, Mentoring).

  • Unit Two -What makes an effective coach?

The following topics are covered: Could you be a coach? and Competencies of coaching.

  • Unit Three -In what Areas can coaching be applied?

The following topics are covered: Work, Home, Finances, Social life, Love, Dreams, Spiritual and Health.

  • Unit Four -Skills of the life coach

The following topics are covered: Listening, Questioning, Silence, Values and beliefs, Rapport, Building self esteem, Not making suggestions and Encouraging responsibility.

  • Unit Five -The life coaching process

The following topics are covered: Discovery, Life’s purpose and TGROW model.

  • Unit Six -Practical Coaching

The following topics are covered: Coaching Style (Push or Pull) and The benefits of coaching for clients (How can the client get the most from coaching? When is coaching most effective?).

  • Unit Seven -Making a Living from Coaching

The following topics are covered: Setting up your business, Your business plan, Tax and the small business, VAT and the self employed, National Insurance, Insurance for the small company, Health and safety requirements and Conclusion.


There are no particular entry requirements.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period. As the home study courses are self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer.


You will be assessed on coursework which is detailed in the course materials. Most coursework consists of short paragraph answers to set questions. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post.


At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Kendal Publishing has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained.

The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual's level descriptors page.

The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

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