Course at a glance


Life coaching is about believing in the true potential of each individual. A life coach helps and empowers others to create, meet and exceed personal and professional goals by prioritising what is important. These include being happy and fulfilled in personal life, excelling in the workplace and exploring ambitions of self and the wider world. Throughout the course you will build on the skills you need to coach in a range of situations, and for a wide range of people. A Life coach will explore a difficulty or an aspiration in order to address the gap to mending and achieving and how to do this will be covered in this course.

Accredited Level 3 Life Coaching Diploma Entry Requirement

Entry to this Accredited Level 3 Life Coaching Diploma requires that potential students have gained GCSE/IGCSE or equivalent qualifications and have, good English oral, reading and writing skills.

Advice on enrolment and guidance of prior learning (APL) can be obtained through out contact centre. The course is a rolling programme and can be started at any point in the year. Successful students can go on to Higher Education, including remaining as students at OLC to complete courses in our portfolio of higher awards.

All students must be aged 16 or over.


The coursework is assessed through continuous assessment with no formal exit examinations.

Study Hours

Approximately: 200 hours of personal study time for the entire course is recommended. All of which is supported by the OLC Course Tutor, who we greatly encourage students to access support from throughout their course.

Quality Assurance

This course has been developed by the College’s professional team of tutors to meet the needs of sector based employers and employees. It is also part of the College’s validated level three Diplomas’, recognised internationally, as verified and moderated Centre for Interactive Education (CIE Global). Further details of our accreditations are provided on our website.

Accredited Level 3 Life Coaching Diploma Course Length

1 Year.

Awarding Body


Accredited Level 3 Life Coaching Diploma Course Content

Accredited Level 3 Life Coaching Diploma Module 1. Life Coaching and You

This module explores the role of the coach in wide-ranging situations by giving an in-depth discussion of life coaching in a creative way using quotes and providing and encouraging an introspective look by thinking about the numerous reasons people seek a coach. Various techniques in the successful delivery of coaching such as how to encourage and the use of appropriate questioning to build up a preliminary client session is examined. The differences in giving advice, guidance and the implementation of coaching are explained. Knowledge of active listening and personality profiling are explored. Thoughts and feelings about situations that suit coaching, learning how to structure thoughts and plan personal development are learned.

Accredited Level 3 Life Coaching Diploma Module 2. Essential Qualities

This module focuses on the qualities that a Life Coach needs to possess and develop in order to be a positive influence and provide a confidential service to the client. The coach requires clients to complete an interview form in order to provide the Coach with a detail of their background and needs. How this can then be used to tailor a plan for the client is considered.

Accredited Level 3 Life Coaching Diploma Module 3. Interviewing a Client and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)

This module demonstrates how to build a client relationships, maintaining confidence and trust of clients, and delivering high quality services, while managing client expectations. The interviewing technique is taught as it is key to the successful coach and also enables the coach to see the client as a whole. Key techniques will be examined and developed as the course progresses.

The NLP component of this module is a stand-alone course in itself. NLP brings together the three areas of the mind, our use of language, and our behaviour to achieve our goals. “Neuro” relates to neurology, the study of the mind and how we think, “linguistics” covers our use of language and how is has an affects and “programming” addresses how actions are sequenced to achieved desired outcomes. The basic premise is that it useful and desirable for coaches to appreciate the nature and applications of NLP, particularly since there are strong links and similarities between many NLP concepts, strategies and techniques widely used in coaching. The Module adopts an objective, informative, and questioning approach to NLP. It outlines the benefits of NLP in promoting positive thinking, effective communication, and encouragement to use one’s internal resources to “change one’s state” to achieve well-formed outcomes.

Accredited Level 3 Life Coaching Diploma Module 4. Relationships, Sexuality and Bereavement

This module explores the techniques used to draw information out of the client in order to get them to recognise how they are feeling. This is developed to coach in a different situation such as coaching couples. The module covers wide-ranging relationships from workplace to family to couple counselling and discussing sexuality. The issues that break-down elements within relationship e.g. work pressure or loss of self-esteem are discussed.

The stages of dying, terminal illness, loss and the tasks of mourning follow as they refer to a final end of a relationship. The coach can have a huge part to play in these situations by helping people to identify the various stages of emotions and feelings that arise out of bereavement. Many clients will benefit from a mourning plan and dealing with the vast array of emotions they may be feeling. Various techniques, defences and coping styles are explored to address perspectives of loss and adjusting to an environment missing a loved one.

Accredited Level 3 Life Coaching Diploma Module 5. Drugs, Alcohol, and Addictions

This module addresses the definitions and effects of drugs, alcohol and addictions. Knowledge and understanding of the effects of addiction and substance abuse has with regard to relationships, physical and emotional health, aspects of performance as well as legal and financial situations. The module covers ways of assisting the client in a practical and supportive manner. The course also covers coaching clients with financial problems since addictions can give rise to debt or money worries, both for them and their families.

Accredited Level 3 Life Coaching Diploma Module 6. Stress, Depression and Suicide

Many of today’s largest problem areas that are encountered by clients are examined in this module. The causes of anxiety, stress and depression are discussed by providing opportunity to work through detailed practical steps and goal setting processes that assist the client with these issues. Suicide must be taken seriously and ways to tackle what gives rise to it and any possible interventions are explored. Healthy coping styles, relaxation techniques, stress management systems, stressors and time management are explained as ways to challenge and reduce stress, depression and suicide.

Accredited Level 3 Life Coaching Diploma Module 7. Finding Clients and Initial Enquiries

This module explores the areas in which a coach works. There are many types of coaching in specialised areas, e.g. Health and Fitness Coach, Addictions Coach, Female Lifestyle Coach, Relationship Coach, Career Coach and Business Coach, as well as all round coaching. By this stage of the course, students may have definite ideas of specialising in a particular area of coaching so knowledge about promotion of one’s businesses, as well as dealing in a positive manner with prospective clients is discussed to find and keep suitable and potential clients.

Accredited Level 3 Life Coaching Diploma Module 8. Financial, Career and Workplace (Corporate) Coaching

This module focuses on the clients’ financial goals, using financial indicators and positive goal setting to increase and manage money. Information will also be given to offer coaching within the context of career and workplace. Businesses use experienced staff to coach new or less experienced employees or bring in external coaches to train and problem-solve, e.g. to manage a conflict that is affecting production or help increase the profits by motivating employees to work better and raise the quality of the service on offer.

Accredited Level 3 Life Coaching Diploma Module 9. Business of Coaching, Administration and Ethics

This module contains an extensive array of samples of various useful coaching sheets and relevant documents. These include: coach/client contract, client session form, client basis form, client goal action form, referral letter, terms and conditions, client’s action plan/care plan, client feedback form. The final part to the full course is a ‘Plan for Business’. This is a full course that moves through a business plan, how to market important skills professionally, finance, and the conflicting elements that may be encountered in a private coaching practice.


This course can be used to gain entry to a Level 4+5 Diploma in Coaching.

Further information on our Level 4+5 Diploma in Coaching can be found here: