• Study mode: Part Time
  • Location: Distance Learning (online)
  • Duration: Six Months
  • Start Date: October 2021

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 online 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.

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.


Online attendance for the course will be required on one full day per month over the six month course duration.

The dates are as follows:

  • Saturday 16th October, 2021
  • Saturday 20th November, 2021
  • Saturday 22 January, 2022
  • Saturday 19th February, 2022
  • Saturday 19th March, 2022
  • Saturday 30th April, 2022

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.


How much does it cost

Part Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022: £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

Student Testimonials

Our students are our best ambassadors and their voices here will provide you with a clear sense of their Bucks experience.

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Sumaera Hasan

"I thoroughly enjoyed the Positive Psychology in Coaching course as it allowed me to engage with and practice positive psychology techniques in coaching scenarios with my peers.  This experiential component helped me to embrace the ‘being’ part of a coach and improved my skills in this area, giving me confidence to practice as a positive psychology coach. Ceri was a great facilitator and course leader, helping each individual to bring out their best qualities to their coaching practice and providing an open and engaging forum to share best practice."

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