UCC Adult courses

Coaching and Coaching Psychology - HDip

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Coaching and Coaching Psychology

  • Code


  • College

    Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, Adult Continuing Education

  • Duration

    1 year

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications


  • NFQ Level

    Level 8

  • NFQ Award Title


  • Fees

    €5,100 per academic year See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    Applications will be considered from those who have relevant experience in a related area of work. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    10th September 2021

  • Next Intake

    September 2021

  • Start Date

    September 2021

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.

Course Practicalities

Class takes place Wednesday evenings plus some weekend workshops. There is a one-off campus experiential workshop at year end (costing approximately €150 for food, travel and accommodation)


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

€5,100 per academic year

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

How Do I Apply

Delivery Mode For Academic Year 2021/22

Following consultation with our students and programme teams, there will be a blended online approach for this programme for the 2021/22 academic year. This approach will allow for the multiple other personal and professional commitments that adult learners often have to manage alongside their studies.

From September to December, all courses will be delivered online where students will attend live virtual classes which will incorporate (as much as possible) opportunities for engagement and interactivity with lecturers and fellow students.

From January to June, we will endeavour to provide opportunities for in-class workshops and lectures where relevant. Please note that if some campus-based activity does resume, it will not be compulsory for students to attend face-to-face classes. Provisions will be made to facilitate all students’ ability to complete their studies regardless of the approach taken (online, blended, face-to-face).  

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.

Should you have any queries on this, please contact Programme Coordinators Pat O Leary at p.oleary@ucc.ie or Hugh O Donovan at hugh.odonovan@ucc.ie

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]

NOTE: Once you have selected your course your application saves automatically.  If you don't complete your application in one session you can access your draft application in the "My Applications" section of the UCC360 application portal. The My Applications section will also keep you updated on the status of your application.


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Year 1 Modules

  • AD5004: The Skilled Coach (15 credits)
    Life/Business Coaching.
  • AD5005: Coaching Project (15 credits)
    Research and review of Coaching material.
  • AP5812: Coaching and the Coaching Context (5 credits)
    Background, History, Coaching qualities, skills and competencies.
  • AP5813: Coaching Approaches, Models and Interventions (10 credits)
    Approaches, models and coaching interventions.
  • AP5814: The Psychology of Coaching and Perspectives on the Self (10 credits)
    How the mind works, self awareness and mindfulness.
  • AP5815: Intra/Inter personal Communciation and Awareness (5 credits)
    Communication, empathetic listening skills.

Year 2 Modules

Year 3 Modules

Year 4 Modules

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