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Positive Psychology in Coaching

  • Study Mode: Part Time
  • Location: Distance Learning
  • Duration: 6 Months
  • Start Date: January, February and March 2024
If you believe in the power of positive psychology, self improvement and looking after your mental health, why not take this opportunity to learn how to coach others?
This short course will provide you with everything you need to start introducing positive psychology in all you do, with a focus on a coaching setting. 
Positive Psychology has gained momentum in recent years due to the increased popularity and importance of mental health and wellbeing. As a result, coaching practice is more in demand than ever before.

Why study this subject?

Our Positive Psychology in Coaching short course is designed for psychology graduates or positive psychology postgraduates looking to specialise in coaching, whether you are a manager who provides coaching to your team or within human resources, or if you are a sports or fitness coach.

This unique course will help you gain the knowledge, tools and skills to apply positive psychology to your coaching.

By introducing positive psychology backed by scientific research into your coaching practice your clients and your colleagues can experience improved wellbeing and increased engagement and performance.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

BNU has strong expertise in the area of positive psychology, with a teaching team dedicated to continuing research so the learning you receive will be at the forefront of industry developments and innovation. 

This university accredited course focuses specifically on the training of approaches, methods and interventions from positive psychology, applied within a coaching context.

On successful completion of this short course students will receive a certificate of attendance from BNU contributing to CPD hours.

The course is approved by the International Society in Coaching Psychology and the British Psychological Society for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

What facilities can I use?

We want you to use our facilities to push your skills and gain all the experience you feel you need to go on and get a job, as what you do here is what you could be doing when you start work in Psychology, whether this is as simple as a word processor or excel sheet, we provide the space you need. 

We’ll also sign you up to our Virtual Learning Environment which means you’ll have access to lots of online resources wherever you are. The VLE is an additional online learning platform that supplements your core degree content.

What will I study?

Positive psychology is centred on theories and research involving understanding and developing wellbeing, optimal functioning and positive traits like hope, resilience and flourishing.

The science of positive psychology can provide an evidence-based framework around a high standard of coaching practice. Whilst good coaching practices involve forming co-created relationships with clients, the application of positive psychology tools, techniques and approaches within coaching sessions can provide profound and unique benefits.

You’ll be introduced to these concepts and tools throughout the course and will be given the chance to practice them yourself, really embedding your understanding of the theory and practical application of what you’re learning.

How will I be taught and assessed?

This short course involves 48 hours of online teaching through lectures, experiential group work, co-coaching, individual and group presentations and continual feedback.

You’re encouraged to carry out coaching exercises between sessions, however there is no formal assessment for this course and it does not include any formal academic credits.

On successful completion of this short course you’ll receive a certificate of attendance from BNU contributing to CPD hours.

When will this course run?

This course runs on various dates across January, February and March:

  • Wednesday 17 January 2024 - 11.30am to 5.30pm (UK time) - online.
  • Wednesday 31 January 2024 -11.30am to 5.30pm (UK time) - online.
  • Wednesday 7 February 2024 - 11.30am to 5.30pm (UK time) - online.
  • Wednesday 21 February 2024 - 11.30am to 5.30pm (UK time) - online.
  • Wednesday 28 February 2024 - 11.30am to 5.30pm (UK time) - online.
  • Saturday 9 March 2024 - hybrid session - can attend either online or in-person at BNU High Wycombe Campus - 9.30am to 4pm (UK time).

What are the tuition fees

  • Home, Academic Year 2023 - 2024: £999
  • Home, Academic Year 2024 - 2025: £999

Additional course costs and financial support

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

If you have any questions about the fees above, contact our Enquiries team by calling 0330 123 2023 or emailing

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Dr Ceri Sims
  • Associate Professor
  • Course Co-Leader for MSc Applied Positive Psychology
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