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BESC3101 Life Coaching

Bachelor Course Unit

Level: 300

Credit points: 6

Prerequisites: BESC2091 Coaching Applications

Mode of Delivery: On Campus and Synchronous Online

Unit Description

This unit forms part of the Coaching Specialisation and introduces theories, models and practices of life coaching to the student. It will explore the context of life coaching within the broader profession of psychology, and in contrast to counselling, psychotherapy, mentoring and consulting. Also explored will be the major theories and models of behaviour change and their application to the life coaching context. Ethical concerns will be discussed, as will issues that require attention for starting your own life coaching practice.

The Bachelor of Counselling (Coaching) is an Accredited Coach Training Programme (ACTP) with the International Coach Federation (ICF). What this means for students is that firstly they are able to apply for membership with the ICF whilst undertaking their degree. Secondly, once a student completes their degree, they are eligible to apply for a credential with the ICF - Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential or an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential. Which credential students become eligible to apply for depends on how well they perform in their coaching assessment in their final coaching unit ‘Coaching Practice and Supervision’. That is, if students pass the final assessment at the PCC level they will receive a certificate indicating that they have passed an ACTP and are eligible to apply for a PCC credential. If students do not meet the PCC standard, they will receive an alternative certificate indicating that they are eligible to apply for an ACC credential. In order to ensure students meet the final assessment requirements it is highly recommended that students find opportunities to practice coaching beyond the classroom space.

Please refer to this link regarding credentials with the ICF in order to gain a full understanding of what is required:

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  • Describe and discuss the distinction between life coaching, executive coaching, workplace coaching and counselling
  • Describe and critically evaluate the major theories and models of behaviour change underpinning the practice of life coaching
  • Describe and discuss the main assumptions associated with life coaching and the links to theoretical traditions
  • Describe and apply the key theories and techniques utilised in the practice of life coaching
  • Identify and apply an evidence-based structure for a life coaching session
  • Critically analyse major ethical principles in the practice of life coaching
  • Demonstrate the ability to reflect on and evaluate coaching practice
  • Develop the integration of the ICF Core Competencies into coaching practice and to develop coaching skills
  • Experience feedback in a safe and supportive environment 

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 9 hours per week.


The required text book for this unit  can be found by viewing the School of Counselling textbook list by selecting the course and trimester at the following link: 

Academic misconduct

Ethical conduct and academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of ACAP. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated by the college. Please refer to the Academic Misconduct Policy for full details.


Unit information may be subject to change prior to the teaching trimester commencing. Once term has commenced please review the Unit Outline in your class space to ensure your trimester study plan is correct.