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Studying with The Coaching Academy - Our Diplomas


At The Coaching Academy, we are passionate about the power of coaching. We've seen first hand the difference it makes personally to every qualifying coach. So how can you become a qualified Life Coach, Business Coach, Team Coach, Family Coach or a specialised professional? Let us (re)introduce the Diplomas you can study with The Coaching Academy.

 We also know that learning a new skill or changing your job is a big deal. You’re busy. You’ve got commitments. And that investment in your future needs careful thought and consideration. That’s why we take the time to get to know you and help you get to know us before we start the journey together.

We’re here to help you succeed and help you change lives. So what are your options?

If you are new to coaching…

If you are just getting started on your coaching journey, we recommend our time-tested Life Coaching course: the Personal Performance Diploma

We’ve been the trusted trainer of coaches for over 20 years now and this training has evolved with us. The Personal Performance Diploma – the PPD - is our flagship programme and it teaches you how to coach anyone at any level so that you can become the best professional coach you could possibly be.

How it works

Before you ask, this is not your average - study online, here are your login details and you’ll never hear from us again - package. This is a robust training with the most advanced syllabus in the UK, designed by professional coaches and endorsed by academic bodies, like the ICF (International Coaching Federation), CPD and more (add link to accreditations page).


You will receive an abundance of training materials containing 6 modules bursting with information and thought-provoking activities. These will help you gain the knowledge required to shape the foundations of becoming an excellent coach.

Live Training.

Each module includes live virtual training webinars, which we call accelerator sessions as this is exactly what they will do - accelerate your learning, with the added bonus of meeting and developing your skills with like-minded people.
Additionally, you will have access to bonus modules, hundreds of recordings and webinars and most importantly, mentorship opportunities.

Flexible learning.

You may be wondering at this point – ‘how will I fit all this into my busy schedule?’. The best part about studying with TCA is that you make your schedule. Take as much time as you need to complete it and do it in your own time – you have lifetime access to your Online Learning Portal and the support of the TCA Team!

Generous support.

Home study is not alone study with The Coaching Academy and in addition to the generous support of the corporate staff and the fantastic mentors you’ll work with, you get access to the most supportive community you’ll find. One of the first steps you will take once you enrol, is that you join the dedicated student Facebook group.

Community access.

Most students and qualified coaches will tell you that meeting like-minded people made the biggest difference in their coaching journey. Most have found friends, many have found professional and business partners and some have even found love!    

What you will learn

You will develop life-changing skills, which will enable you to help clients establish and achieve their goals in life.

In the diploma, you'll explore...

  • The power of the advanced GROW model and how you can apply it to any niche
  • How to empower the Coaching relationship
  • The role of Values and Beliefs
  • How to use DISC personality profiling to supercharge your communication skills
  • How to turn Coaching into a viable business
  • The Practicalities of getting going as a Coach

As a Coach, your role will be to help clients define their needs, wants, ambitions and desires. Active listening, rapport building and effective questions will be some of the skills you are developing with this course.

The Personal Performance Diploma will provide you with all of the knowledge and skills you'll need, to confidently Coach others. Click here to find out more about the PPD. 

If you wish to become a Business Coach…

If you want to specialise in working with small business leaders, people who form the backbone of the local economy, then we recommend the Small Business Coaching Diploma.

The small business coaching diploma has been designed to show you how to guide coaching clients through the early and later stages of business. If you gain personal and professional satisfaction from helping those who operate within the small business sector reach their goals, then the small business coaching course is for you.

How it works

If you are already a TCA student, you are already familiar with our training style.

Similar to the PPD, the Small Business Diploma offers layered learning so between each live training module there are webinars to watch, teleclasses to listen to, live coaching to carry out, attend the live training days and let one of our assessors listen to you coach a practice client at different intervals throughout your learning journey.

 With a little bit of help from us, you have done all that is needed to complete your qualification. Because you have already mastered the fundamentals of coaching – or you’re currently mastering it - usually it takes less time than the PPD to finish an additional diploma.

What you will learn:

The Small Business Coaching Diploma helps you to build a specific bank of tools and strategies for those who own, manage or work within a small business.

You will learn how to help your clients deal with subjects such as:

  • business diagnostics to understand the business environment
  • strategic planning and performance evaluation to support a long-term plan and the lack of adequate measurements
  • aligning sales and marketing to support the relationship between the business and their customers 
  • individual goal setting and work-life balance amongst other topics.

The small business coaching diploma has been designed to show you how to guide coaching clients through any stage of business, to launch, grow, succeed and develop exit strategies.

If you gain personal and professional satisfaction from helping those who operate within the small business sector reach their goals, then the small business coaching course is for you! Click here to find out more. 

If you wish to work within Education and make a positive difference to the next generations…

If you wish to specialise in working with schools, teachers, Leaders in Education, parents, young people and make a positive difference to the next generation, then we recommend our Coaching within Education Diploma.

There’s a massive opportunity to be involved in this growing market and this programme will help you gain evidence-based tools and strategies with proven impact in an educational context.

How does it work

Fantastic news!

Starting from this year, the Coaching within Education diploma will work just like our other diplomas – a layered training with Accelerator modules each month. You can join and pick up the learning at your convenience and fit the training around your busy life. 

Between the Accelerators, you’ll get access to a wealth of resources including physical workbooks. As with all TCA Diplomas, you will be given access to a private Members' Area full of a wealth of additional resources including all your learning materials, additional videos, podcasts and additional recommended reading lists.

What you will learn

The Coaching within Education Programme has been designed to arm coaches with a vast toolkit of techniques that will enable effective coaching for young people, parents, teachers, and headteachers - essentially anyone in education and the parenting of children.

These are some of the things you will be learning that will help you positively impact the next generation

  • How to coach young people specifically and build trust with them
  • Coach youth through transitions they face and help them make great decisions with confidence
  • Helping parents develop better relationships with their children
  • Working within schools and building professional relationships with them

There are a wealth of opportunities for using coaching skills within Education, whether you are looking to coach young people, teachers, parents or school leaders.

The Coaching within Education Diploma will provide you with the tools, strategies and models to succeed in this sector. Click here to find out more. 

If you wish to develop your coaching language….

If you want to master the art of effective communication and rapport building; either to extend your knowledge or to use the experience within a Coaching environment, then we recommend the  NLP Practitioner Programme.

Developing NLP Practitioner skills will help achieve outstanding results with your clients and yourself. Your thoughts have a powerful effect on your feelings and create your behaviours.

One of the greatest gifts you will give yourself from the NLP Practitioner programme is learning how to have greater control over your state- no matter what is happening in your environment. NLP is often used by a variety of mental health professionals, including therapists and psychologists.

How it works

The NLP Practitioner Programme is a live online course, set over 3 modules with set live learning from the comfort of your own home. Live training is hosted monthly so you can slot the training into your busy life as you see fit.

Upon enrolling, you will receive access to a wealth of resources, like physical workbooks, learning materials, videos and additional learning resources. The NLP programme is designed so you can be qualified within 3-4 months if you wish. 

What you will learn

The NLP Practitioner course includes 25 live interactive training sessions along with time of reflection, consolidation and observation

  • Discover the fundamentals of NLP, how it works and where you can use them
  • Practice NLP tools and techniques like anchoring and fast phobia cure
  • Examine the role of each word within language

Uncover the hidden meanings in what people say and find artful ways to loosen limiting beliefs in others.  

By adding the power of NLP to a solid underpinning of coaching techniques, you can really make a difference in your own life and in the lives of those you coach. Click here to find out more about the NLP Practitioner Programme. 

If you wish to work with Groups, Teams, and Executives…

A coaching culture has developed in many UK companies, and more and more people understand the benefits coaching can bring in both the personal and professional environment. If you are excited by the thought of developing your skills in this field, we recommend the Corporate & Executive Coaching Diploma.

This programme works to help you acquire the necessary coaching skills to work with leaders, managers and team members within an organisation.

How it works

The course starts as soon as you register. Just like the PPD life coaching course and the business coaching course, you get access to a wealth of materials and resources to guide your studies.

Get together virtually with the other students on the live training and study from the comfort of your home using module workbooks, webinar recordings, recommended reading and the amazing support of the other coaches within the community!  

What you will learn

The Corporate and Executive Coaching Programme helps you build a specific bank of tools and strategies designed for the corporate arena.

  • Learn tools and strategies designed to coach business leaders and even identify leaders of the future
  • Be an essential facilitator through change and coach teams, managers and companies during this difficult process
  • Get to grips with conflict resolution
  • Discover the art of coaching big groups of people with team coaching skills

Whether you wish to make coaching your full-time job or you simply wish to add to your skills as an HR professional, Manager or Leader, this course will help you create sustainable change in the corporate environment. 

The Corporate & Executive Coaching Diploma teaches you all of the fundamental skills and tools required to begin your journey as a professional corporate coach or add coaching skills to enhance the job you currently do. Click here to find out more. 

If you feel that all TCA diplomas could make a difference to help change lives, you're not alone! You have the option to enrol on all diplomas, just speak to our team and we'll make it happen. And of course, if you're not sure which diploma is best for your goals, our advisors are here to guide you. 

Up next - we'll dive more into what it means to study with The Coaching Academy. In our next article we'll be talking about study tips straight from students who've been through the journey, so you can learn from those who walked before you. 

And let us know - do you have any questions about coaching? About the diplomas? Not sure where to start? Leave your thoughts and questions in the comments and we'll be happy to answer them.