• Study mode: Part Time
  • Location: Aylesbury
  • Duration: Six Months
  • Start Date: October 2020

Course Overview

Our Positive Psychology in Coaching short course is designed for psychology graduates or positive psychology postgraduates looking to specialise in this area. It is also suitable for managers who provide coaching as part of a team or within human resources. This unique course will help you gain the knowledge, tools and skills that will enable you to apply positive psychology principles to your coaching.

What will this course cover

Positive psychology is centred on theories and research involving understanding and developing wellbeing, optimal functioning and positive traits such as 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. These benefits include improved wellbeing, flourishing, engagement and performance.

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

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

Course Details

Bucks has strong expertise in the area of positive psychology. This short course involves 48 hours of face-to-face teaching including lectures, experiential group work, co-coaching, class presentations (either individual or as a group) and feedback. You are encouraged to carry out coaching exercises between sessions. However, there is no formal assessment for this course.

*COVID-19 UPDATE: Please note that due to the current Covid-19 pandemic situation, it is highly likely that we will be holding some or all of our weekend workshops for at least until January 2021 online, rather than in person at Aylesbury Campus. We are closely following government and medical guidelines as we carefully plan how we manage the move back to campus-based learning when we’re sure it’s safe to do so. In the meantime, we’re offering a full range of remote learning, teaching and assessment. In collaboration with Bucks Students’ Union, we’re continuing to work hard to provide an experience that ensures students on all our courses reach their full potential.

On successful completion of this short course you will receive a certificate of attendance from Bucks New University (CPD hours), although the course does not involve academic credits or formal assessments.


Attendance for the course will be required on one full day per month over the six month course duration (however, please read covid-19 update above).


For information about Indicative Course Content, Delivery and the Dates for this next academic year please click on the link on this page: 'Apply for Course'. This does not not automatically lead to an application being made, although you can also make an application there.


How much does it cost

Part Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2020-2021: £999

Total cost of course and certificate is £999. (For students who are already enrolled on other Bucks New University courses they will be entitled to a 10% refund once the course commences).

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?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks

The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

We are proud that our exciting and dynamic students’ union is ranked in the top three in the UK for representing student’s academic interests (NSS 2020). It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.