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Coaching and Coaching Psychology - HDip

Course Fact File
Duration1 year
Teaching ModePart-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
NFQ LevelLevel 8
NFQ Award TitleMajor
Fees€5,400 per academic year See Fees and Costs for full details.
Closing Date23 August 2024
Next IntakeSeptember 2024

Blended - Online lectures with in person workshops. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for Further Details. 

Start DateSeptember 2024

Course Outline

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. Please see below and introductory video about the course. 

Course Queries

For Academic Queries and Course Content Queries please contact the Programme Coordinators:

Pat O Leary at, 087 3298052

Hugh O Donovan at, 087 6307662

For Online Application Support please click here. 

If you require further assistance with your online application please contact the Programme Administrator Noreen Delea at 

Additional Teaching Mode Information

From September to December there will be five Saturday workshops taking place face to face in UCC Campus in Cork with a total of 13 evening (Wednesday) online lectures. From January to June four one day workshops will take place face to face in UCC Campus in Cork with a total of 17 evening online lectures. In addition there is also a 2 day experiential face to face workshop during this term. 

Course Practicalities

Class takes place Wednesday evenings plus some weekend workshops. 


  • AD5004: The Skilled Coach (15 credits)
  • AD5005: Coaching Project (15 credits)
  • AP5812: Coaching and the Coaching Context (5 credits)
  • AP5813: Coaching Approaches, Models and Interventions (10 credits)
  • AP5814: The Psychology of Coaching and Perspectives on the Self (10 credits)
  • AP5815: Intra/Inter personal Communication and Awareness (5 credits)


Continuous assessment based on academic essays and reflective assignments.

Who Teaches this Course?

Hugh O’Donovan. C Psychol., P.s.S.I. MISCP. MBPsS
Pat O’Leary. BA. H.Dip. MA. MSc. CIPD


Why Choose This 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.

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. 


  • 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

Fees and Costs

€5,400 per academic year

For further information on fees and financial supports please click here.

How To Apply

 Applicants need to be aware of the IT student checklist below before applying:

  • You will need access to a laptop or desktop computer running a modern supported operating system with all software updates.
  • Some of UCC’s services (e.g. the Canvas Virtual Learning Environment) link to an external site and also have mobile apps for iOS and Android Devices that you may wish to use as part of your studies.  However, we recommend using your desktop web browser for submission of assessments.
  • You should always use the most current version of your preferred browser. In general, we recommend the Chrome Web browser (Important Note: Internet Explorer will not work with Canvas).
  • We recommend a reliable broadband connection with at least 2Mbps or more.
  • You will require an Office suite of software (Microsoft Office or equivalent) and a PDF reader. You should always use the latest version of this software.  All UCC students will have access to Office 365 which includes software such as Word/Excel/Powerpoint etc. once registered.

To Apply for this course please follow the steps below:

When you log into the Application Portal:

Click Apply Online

Select Start a new Adult & Continuing Education Application 

On the 2nd tab Academic Level 
Select the following options:
Academic Level: Adult Continuing Education (ACE at UCC)
Course Type:  ACE Part-time Courses
Academic Programme: The course title you are applying for.

During your online application you will be required to upload the following documents:

  • Application Statement
  • Birth Cert or Passport
  • Passport Photograph 
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • English Language Test Report [if applicable]
  • Transcripts [if applicable]



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