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Foundation Coaching Skills

This is an accredited foundation certificate in coaching skills. The course involves regular classroom workshops giving you the opportunity to coach and be coached. It also explores the issues around confidentiality and consent and when to refer on so you are fully equipped as a coach.

Online Course Syllabus

The course is split into 5 modules

  1. Communication
    • Professional  Standards
    • Coach Communication
    • Client Communication 
  2. Consent
  3. Confidentiality
  4. Coaching
    • How to Coach
    • Structuring a Session
    • Goal Setting
    • Coaching Techniques
    • Self Care
  5. Reclaim Your Life - A 12 module course to give you the tools to uncover your own blocks and work through them enabling you to become a better coach with others 

Coaching versus Counselling 

Coaching is a process enabling people to achieve their goals and overcome their blocks. It’s a process of looking forward and even when past issues arise the focus is how to become empowered to make changes for the future.

Counselling is a process of listening to the client, where they are and analysing the past to identify wounds for healing. Counselling does not use tools or techniques for the healing, it’s mostly a process of self examination.

Coaching often involves homework so the client is encouraged to take self responsibility of their own development. Coaching can be used for short term goals as well as overcoming long term problems.

It is rare in counselling for a client to have homework as the process is focused on sessions with the therapist. Clients often experience counselling as a long process.

Course Deliverables 

This course is 60 hours including 

  1. 36 online lessons with end of module quizzes
  2. 15 x 2 hour coaching classrooms delivered and overseen by a tutor
  3. 12 hours of self development course called 'Reclaim Your Life'  
  4. 8 coaching case studies 
  5. Self reflection per module
  6. Recommended book reading plus 1 book review
Zoom Classroom Dates 2023

Inside The Course

This is a short video to show you some of the modules within Foundation Coaching Skills, the lessons you will have access to and the interesting topics you will learn about.

We have created a course we would have wanted to learn when we first started out as health coaches. 

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Why learn Coaching Skills?

Professional Development

Many alternative health careers look for a foundation knowledge in coaching, including becoming a Kinesiology practitioner. This qualification meets this criteria and is in line with the National Occupational Standards.

Essential Knowledge 

This qualification contains all the important information on areas such as consent, confidentiality, professional standards to keep yourself and clients protected as well as useful techniques when coaching.

Practical Experience

In this course, you will be able to put your new skills into practice in a safe, easy and non-judgemental online environment. As part of the course you will join groups of other students and learn to use these skills in real life situations with the support of an experienced tutor. This means you will qualify with confidence. 

Self Development

We believe to be the best coach you can be, you need to work on your own personal development and unlock your own blocks. It makes it much easier to coach others if we have walked our own path of self discovery. Included in this course are 12 lessons of personal development called 'Reclaim Your Life'.

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Who is this course for?


This course is designed for therapists looking for continuous professional development (CPD), to gain a solid foundation knowledge in coaching or to coaching to their portfolio of skills.

Personal Trainers

Are you a personal trainer who would like to learn how to coach clients more deeply. It is common that clients looking to PTs to support them with the goals and personal issues as well as their fitness. 

Functional Wellness Practitioners

This course is included in our flagship coaching programme 'Functional Wellness Coach' so this course is ideal for those wanting to become a health and nutrition coach.

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Career Change?

Are you fed up in your current role and curious to know more about being a coach? This foundation course will give you a good insight into whether a career as a coach and give you valuable skills to start your own business. 

What is the course format?

This is an online correspondence home learning course which makes it incredibly accessible and easy to work around your work and home life. All modules and assessments are contained within our website which is easy to access. You will be required to attend zoom  classes with a mentor on a Monday or Wednesday evening. The course is flexible and designed for you to miss dates if you cannot attend. You don't need to attend both Monday and Wednesday classrooms.

How long will it take me to complete from start to finish?

This course is 60 hours long, which can be completed at your own pace. Module completion involves online lessons, homework, case studies and assessments. 

Is Kinesiology or coaching included in this training?

This is a foundation coaching course only and does not have Kinesiology or wellness coaching within it. We offer Kinesiology foundation and practitioner courses that follow this course if you love what you learn and want more. 

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Do I need any previous experience or qualifications?

No, this course a foundation training course and is designed to be accessible and easy to complete. If you have previous training - great! But it is not necessary.

When are the zoom classrooms?

This 60 hour course includes 30 hours of live zoom classrooms for you to practice coaching skill. The zoom classes happen regularly on a Monday 7.15pm UK time, Wednesday 7.15pm UK time or Wednesday 9.15am UK time.

You will be given a zoom link to attend the classrooms and they are interactive and designed to embed the knowledge you learn in the home study.  You do not need to attend all the classes, just the ones that work with your schedule.

Zoom Classroom Dates

What happens if I need to defer?

There is no deadline on completing this training but we recommend you keep up momentum and commit to attending one classroom a month which means you will complete the course in 15 months. Those who need extensions to personal circumstances need to inform and make a request for deferral from the college.

Do you make allowances for learning challenges?

Yes we do. All the learning is in different formats, including written documents, images, diagrams and videos that are able to be watched on repeat. All the assessments are not time prohibited so you can go at your own pace and take your notes in. If you have particular learning challenges that you wish to discuss with us, please contact us directly and we would be very happy to help.

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Is there an exam?

At the end of each module there is an approx. 30 minute multiple choice assessment to ensure you have understood the module. The pass rate is 80% and on successful completion, you move to the next module. If however, you don't pass, you will be given the option to resit. 

Course Syllabus

What qualification do I receive?

You will be given the 'Foundation in Coaching' certificate and the opportunity to register with a recommended governing body, get insurance and start charging for coaching sessions should you wish. (Must be in partnership with a therapy or health qualification such as beauty therapy).

When can I start?

The joy of studying a correspondence home study course is you can start right away! As soon as you have paid, you can start learning. 

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How do I get started?

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Who is my mentor?

Claire Snowdon-Darling and Laura Knowles are the senior tutors on this course. They have years experience teaching health and coaching students. To find out more click here. 

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What our students say

Kiron Collett

Second to none expert teachers. Their approach is professional, empathetic and truly connects with all levels of students ensuring that everyone fully understands the course material. 

Abi Adams

I highly recommend for their phenomenal knowledge and guidance when it comes to studying health.

Gayle Jordan

Extremely knowledgeable and engaging educators. I have thoroughly enjoyed all the thought provoking training that I have had  and look forward to more in the future.

Sarah Adele Harris

Brilliant course (Menopause Wellness Practitioner) it is thorough, in depth and clear. Well rounded information which gives you the confidence to get out there with your practice. Very professional and interactive. Laura and Claire are both passionate and very knowledgable. I am loving my studying with Functional Wellness!

Claire Bloom

I was looking for a course on nutrition and hormonal health when I came across the College of Functional Wellness. The course so far has exceeded my expectations.  It is incredibly in-depth and has its roots in overall mental health as well as just looking at nutrition.  The material is easy to follow and zoom classrooms are great.  Very supportive team.  I am making a career change, which is daunting.  But the course has given me confidence and a wealth of possibilities for the future.

Laura Searles

I am studying the menopause wellness diploma, and am finding it incredibly empowering whilst also offering me renewed direction for my career. It not only will allow me to offer high quality nutritional coaching to women but also has significantly improved my own health in the process. The flexible online approach has facilitated a good work life balance and the tutors are very insightful and inspiring in how they deliver the course. I would highly recommend this course to anyone thinking about going into this area.

Zoe Hindle

I am currently studying the full Wellness Diploma offering with The College of Functional Wellness and I am loving every second. Not only are Laura and Claire so knowledgeable and experts within their field, their teaching style is second to none. They give students the space in lessons to share their thinking, lots of positive feedback, confidence boosting whilst also coaching/teaching for us to become great future coaches. I look forward to all of my sessions with them and the other students (who are all amazing). It's such a great little community where everyone shares tips and feels comfortable and safe to ask questions. I have learnt so much so far and I'm so excited to continue the journey! 

Zoisa Holder

Lots of insights gained from the practical element what is required, consent, paperwork, admin to skills required to be able to do the coaching, seeing it in action and also the opportunity to put it into action on a regular basis to learn and improve. The feedback from other people on the course and teachers is really helpful too.

Jean Latham

I have taken many training courses with this college. Kinesiology, Hormone modality and others. I have also been on the retreat. My experience with them has been great. Their understanding of what they teach, and the way it is taught was easy and fun. The retreat was awesome, if you want to help discover who you are and start peeling away the layers that have bound you to not moving forward for me was perfect. I know this is an ongoing as we go through our lives but on the retreat we learnt how to deal with these emotions.

What can I do with this qualification?

  • Coach clients if you have another therapy or professional qualification to support this course.
  • Add Coaching as 'Continuous Professional Development' training to your insurance
  • Graduate to the Functional Wellness Coach or Functional Kinesiology practitioner training courses

Pricing Options

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  • 60 hour course
  • Accredited by the Federation of Holistic Therapists
  • Recognised by the Kinesiology Federation as a core subject
  • 15 x 2 hour practical classroom workshops delivered on zoom 
  • Access to an online learning portal
  • 5 modules with videos and 36 lessons 
  • Module assessments delivered online  
  • 8 case studies required and receives tutor feedback
  • Homework submission including 1 book review
  • Learning logs to track your progress
  • 12 hours of self development course 'Reclaim Your Life'
  • A Foundation Coaching Skills certificate qualification on completion
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6 Month Payment Plan

£100 for 6 months

  • 60 hour course
  • Accredited by the Federation of Holistic Therapists
  • Recognised by the Kinesiology Federation as a core subject
  • 15 x 2 hour practical classroom workshops delivered on zoom 
  • Access to an online learning portal
  • 5 modules with videos and 36 lessons 
  • Module assessments delivered online  
  • 8 case studies required and receives tutor feedback
  • Homework submission including 1 book review
  • Learning logs to track your progress
  • 12 hours of self development course 'Reclaim Your Life'
  • A Foundation Coaching Skills certificate qualification on completion
£100 per month for 6 months

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