Course at a glance

Subject code: L4CNG

Coaching is gaining increasing recognition as a valuable addition to both business and individuals. Studying this Level 4 Diploma in Coaching can develop your knowledge of the different aspects of coaching to equip you with the skills required to pursue a career in coaching.  Upon completion, students are eligible to register for membership with the Complimentary Medical Association.

Award: Level 4 Diploma in Coaching

At the end of this course successful learners will receive an accredited certificate from the CIE GLOBAL and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been accredited by CIE GLOBAL . This means that Oxford Learning College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future.

The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 4 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Oxford Learning College to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. The CIE GLOBAL certificates 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.

Level 4 Accredited Coaching Diploma Entry Requirements

Students must hold a Level 3 Diploma or A Level qualification to enrol into our Level 4 Accredited Coaching Diploma.

Basic English reading and writing skills, as full tutor support is given.

All students must be 16 years of age or above.

Study Hours

Approximately 400 hours.

Level 4 Accredited Coaching Diploma Course Duration

1 Year.


You can enrol on the course at any time.

Awarding Body

CIE Global

Assessment Method

Coursework only.

Level 4 Accredited Coaching Diploma Course Content

Level 4 Accredited Coaching Diploma Unit 1: Using information, communication and technology ICT in the study of Coaching

This first unit in the course aims to raise learner awareness of the different types of ICT skills, and provide the opportunity for them to develop these skills commensurate with H4 and H5 study. The course is delivered via distance learning with no face to face contact between tutors and students, therefore understanding appropriate research techniques, portfolio skills and self-reflection is important in terms of independent study at this level as well as facilitating a positive learning experience

Students are encouraged to conduct independent research related to the study of Coaching using ICT skills, so that they can begin to compile their own resource list and also prepare themselves for further and more complex activities later in the course

1 Applications of ICT in the study of Coaching

  • Information, communication and technology (ICT) comprises core skills for learning.
  • Utilisation of methods , tools and strategies of ICT to establish and maintain a sound working relationship with tutors and the college.
  • Development of ICT skills in order to communicate effectively and maximise study progression.

2 ePortfolio constructs

  • Setting up an ePortfolio for use during the lifetime of the course for storage of files including coursework, self-assessment activities, independent research notes and reflective journals.
  • The ePortfolio may be requested from time to time by tutors and moderators. Learners will be asked at various points in the course to upload files for this purpose.
  • A structured system of unique information but once completed can be used as a resource for continuing professional development (CPD), and a body of revision for future studies.

3 Independent web based research

  • Independent research to equip students with confidence to source and evaluate information relevant to the core course topics within MMA
  • Develop tools and strategies with which to begin to undertake independent research and integrate this into coursework activities, for example suggesting ways to read research articles and assimilate types of information from these.

4 Principles of self-assessment and reflective writing

  • The development of knowledge and understanding through writing skills for communicating ideas and arguments to tutors and other readers of written work.
  • Reviews of writing skills
  • Reflective writing skills and practice
  • Promotion of pro-active implementation of skills enhancement through tutor feedback and self-assessment

Level 4 Accredited Coaching Diploma Unit 2: Understanding Coaching Principles

The aim of this unit within the Coaching course is to provide learners with the opportunity to explore and evaluate the key principles concepts and strategies within coaching. Learners are also provided with an opportunity to study the historical emergence of coaching, and examine key components of its applications

Unit content

1 Historical emergence of coaching

  • Defining coaching in context
  • Origins of coaching from 16 th century to present
  • The humanist psychological perspectives of coaching
  • Integration of coaching contextually and related to application specifics

2 Communicative approaches

  • Competency skills
  • Communication strategies in coaching: methods, concepts, verbal, listening
  • Barriers to effective communication in coaching
  • Socialisation
  • Attachment

3 Ethical considerations

  • Ethical, legal and moral responsibilities
  • International Coaching Federation codes of ethics
  • International Coach Federation codes of practice
  • European Coaching Institute codes
  • Accountability
  • Standards or practice
  • Confidentiality

4 Aims and objectives of coaching

  • Assessment strategies and processes
  • Aims and objectives of the coaching process
  • Client expectations and perceptions
  • Client values, motivators and interests
  • Client history

Level 4 Accredited Coaching Diploma Unit 3: Application of coaching principles

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with the opportunity to study the concepts and components of coaching principles and applications as well as evaluation of group strategies and coaching levels. Learners are also provided with the opportunity to learn about transference and the coaching relationship

Unit content

1 Coaching principles

  • Client strengths and weaknesses
  • Holism in coaching
  • Agenda setting
  • Collaboration
  • Action learning
  • Identity/self

2 Levels of coaching

  • Primary: cognitive and constructivist approaches; solution versus problem focussed
  • Secondary: irrational beliefs (Ellis, ABC); reframing, collaborative negotiation, working techniques ( visualization, relaxation, confirmation of change, reflexivity)
  • Transference and counter-transference
  • Ending the coaching relationship

3 Group coaching

  • Primary and secondary levels in group work
  • Therapeutic groups
  • Conferencing
  • Tuckman and Schultz
  • Group strategies
  • Group coaching elements
  • Peer coaching
  • Leadership objectives

4 Systematic approach

  • Evaluation of the work of Murray, Bowman, Carruthers
  • Group dynamics
  • Ice breakers
  • Changing cultures
  • Professional settings

Level 4 Accredited Coaching Diploma Unit 4: Life coaching

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with the opportunity to apply the core competency coaching skills, strategies and concepts to life coaching contexts, and to explore different methods and approaches commensurate with client needs

Unit content

1 Aims and objectives

  • Aims and objectives of life coaching
  • Contexts and rationale
  • Client-coach relationship

2 Questioning methods and approaches

  • Essential questioning: lifestyle, daily routine, expectations of coaching process, health status and perception, role and identity
  • Topic centred questioning: goal setting, work related, hobbies, childhood experiences, relationship experiences, family, financial issues, health expectations

3 Relationship and sexuality contexts

  • Temporary displacement contexts
  • Pivotal issues
  • Emotional issues
  • Acceptance and compromise
  • Expectations, goals and outcomes
  • Re-centring
  • Session rules
  • Questioning techniques

4 Death and bereavement

  • Stages of dying
  • Tasks of mourning
  • Bereavement stages
  • Loss and reality
  • Pain of grief
  • Adjustments
  • Coaching principles and procedures
  • Coaching approaches
  • Cognitive restructuring and memory work

Level 4 Accredited Coaching Diploma Unit 5: Coaching: special contexts

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an opportunity to study special coaching contexts including addiction and psychological disorders. Learners will also be given an opportunity to study related physiology and thereby expand knowledge and understanding of integrative applications within the coaching field and transferable skills related to different contexts

Unit content

1 Alcohol addiction

  • Short and long term consequences
  • Drinking patterns related to behaviour
  • Physical and psychological symptoms and effects of alcohol dependence and addiction
  • Coaching strategies: journal writing, self-reflection, abstinence

2 Drug dependence

  • Physical and psychological effects of drug dependence and addiction
  • Examples: inhalants, cannabis, depressants, cocaine, narcotics, designer drugs
  • Coaching strategies for drug dependency
  • External factors, financial issues, goal setting and integrated objectives

3 Depression and stress conditions

  • Symptoms and physical expressions
  • Coaching commitment, role and history taking from clients
  • Identification of stressors
  • Development of coping strategies
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Stress reduction techniques

4 Suicidal clients

  • Physical and psychological symptoms and expression
  • Approaches and applications related to coaching role and responsibilities
  • Competency skills
  • Crisis recognition
  • Goals setting

Level 4 Accredited Coaching Diploma Unit 6: Career coaching 1

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with the opportunity to study the principles, applications and models related to career coaching. The unit also offers learners the opportunity to explore group strategies and leadership issues within a range of contexts

Unit content

1 Historical emergence

  • Historical timeline and emergence of career coaching as a specific application
  • Relevance in modern society
  • Aims and objectives

2 Life Purpose Questionnaire

  • Views, beliefs and significant life influences
  • Hopes and aims
  • Life Purpose Statements
  • Life Purpose Questionnaire as an organisational tool
  • Maslow’s hierarchy in career coaching
  • Ventral pivots
  • Establishing the coaching relationship

3 Role of the career coach

  • Identification of client aims
  • Collaborative partnerships
  • Facilitation of goal achievement
  • Strategy development
  • Promotion of stimulating and motivational actions

4 Psychology of experience

  • Definitions
  • Effects of experience
  • Social controls
  • Pleasure and happiness
  • Task related experiences
  • Intrinsic reward systems
  • Contextualising experience within the work environment

Level 4 Accredited Coaching Diploma Unit 7: Career coaching 2

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an opportunity to explore the mechanics of career coaching related to job searching, CV production and interview skills. Knowledge and understanding gained can be expanded through independent research and practice in order to transfer these skills to practical applications

Unit content

1 Marketing strategies

  • Marketing strategy development for individual clients
  • Job search evaluation
  • Skills audit processes
  • Marketing matrices

2 Curriculum Vitae (CV)

  • Core elements and processes
  • Generic and specialised CVs
  • Personal profiling

3 Interview techniques

  • Pre-interview strategies
  • Interview questions (interviewer and interviewee)
  • Interview processes
  • Strengths and weaknesses
  • Logistics
  • Types of interview : face to face, telephone, sequential, panel, psychometric evaluation, competency based

4 Pots interview strategy development

  • Interview follow up
  • Evaluation and self-reflection
  • Matrix process
  • Acceptance/rejection letters
  • Integration of rehearsed scenarios

Level 4 Accredited Coaching Diploma Unit 8: Child coaching

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an opportunity to study child coaching principles, applications and contexts. Learners will also be given an opportunity to explore theoretical concepts relating to child development (cognition, socialisation, relationships), and conduct independent research into child coaching settings

Unit content

1 Socialisation and human interaction

  • Communication needs
  • Socialisation processes
  • Attachment
  • Child coaching approaches and strategy development
  • Human interaction and relationship building: cultural, meshing, scaffolding, communication

2 Principles of play

  • Concepts
  • Cognition
  • Aims and purpose of play in child coaching
  • Types of play
  • Play environments
  • Task related or outcome based play

3 Facilitation of change

  • Avoidance and resistance
  • Exploration strategies
  • Self-image
  • Role modelling
  • Coaching skills
  • Experiential focus

4 Behavioural changes

  • Confirmation and affirmation
  • Behaviour assessment
  • Motivation and meaning
  • Integration approaches/strategies
  • Irrational beliefs


This Level 4 Accredited Coaching Diploma can be used to gain entry to a Level 5 Diploma or Degree course in a related field.