A Short Introduction to Coaching


Over five weeks, we will explore the nature of coaching, its underlying philosophy, the many ways in which it is applied and marketed, and the nature of the profession and how it is evolving. Throughout, we will identify the core skills of coaching and practice them.

Whether you are a complete novice, or someone who been introduced to coaching informally and would like to know more before deciding whether to use it in your work, the course should be ideal. You may be a consultant or professional looking for more effective ways of working with clients, or someone in a managerial or leadership role exploring coaching as the means to help your team members become more motivated, confident and competent.

Programme details

Courses starts: 3 Nov 2022

Week 1: Introductions.  Core skills. 

Week 2: The market and profession.

Week 3: The philosophy of coaching.

Week 4: Coach development.

Week 5: Niches, promotion, and next steps.


Students who register for CATS points will receive a Record of CATS points on successful completion of their course assessment.

To earn credit (CATS points) you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee per course. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.

Coursework is an integral part of all weekly classes and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework in order to benefit fully from the course. Only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard.

Students who do not register for CATS points during the enrolment process can either register for CATS points prior to the start of their course or retrospectively from the January 1st after the current full academic year has been completed. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.


Description Costs
Course Fee £184.00
Take this course for CATS points £10.00


Dr Graham Wilson

My initial career was in behavioural science, helping to create exceptional places to work.  Having trained as a psychodynamic and then transpersonal counsellor, I became involved in coaching executives for leadership and performance, and through career transitions.  For ten years, I have taught psychology, counselling and coaching at the University of Oxford and elsewhere, alongside my personal private practice.  A documentary photographer and Research Scholar with the Ronin Institute (NJ) my research interests are in the use of imagery to provoke behavioural change within communities.

Course aims

To provide a short introduction to the field of coaching to help you decide whether this is something that you wish to pursue for personal or professional reasons.

Course objectives:

By the end of the course, participants are expected;

1. To have formed a personal understanding of the nature and role of coaching.

2. To have applied coaching skills in different contexts.

3. To have developed a plan for the role of coaching in their own environment.

Teaching methods

The course is intended to reflect the nature of coaching, participatory and self-determined, and consists of short lectures, small group activities, and practical sessions applying coaching skills.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students will be expected to have:

1. identified the core coaching skills;

2. understood the principles with which coaching works;

3. established the range of applications of coaching;

4. refined their ideas for the use of coaching in their own context.


Assessment methods

Students will be invited to submit a reflective piece at the end of the course, consisting of 750-1000 words outlining


(a) the key learnings for them from the course


(b) how they intend applying these in their own context.

Students must submit a completed Declaration of Authorship form at the end of term when submitting your final piece of work. CATS points cannot be awarded without the aforementioned form - Declaration of Authorship form


To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee per course. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.

Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please complete an application form.

Level and demands

Most of the Department's weekly classes have 10 or 20 CATS points assigned to them. 10 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of ten 2-hour sessions. 20 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of twenty 2-hour sessions. It is expected that, for every 2 hours of tuition you are given, you will engage in eight hours of private study.

Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS)