Introduction to Coaching (Held in Reading)

Course summary

  • Tue 03 Oct 2017 to Tue 12 Dec 2017
  • 6:30-9:30pm 10 meetings
  • Room 103, Building 22, London Road Campus, University of Reading, RG1 5AQ
  • From £350.00
  • 10 CATS points
  • Course code R17P263PCW
  • +44 (0)1865 280892
  • Course ended

Introduction to Coaching (Held in Reading)


Helping anyone interested in using coaching, whether professionally, as a life-skill, or to achieve better results in their work with others. Thought provoking and practical, we explore the theory and skills of good coaching.

Whether you are just curious about coaching, have a little understanding of what it involves, would like to develop some core skills in it to use in your work, or think it might be useful in parenting, or as a life skill, this is the course for you. 

In a supportive environment, we shall explore the core skills, the mindset necessary to be an effective coach, understand the boundaries of coaching, and what you need to do to protect yourself and your 'client'. 

Regardless of their starting point, participants will have plenty of opportunity to put their learning into practice and should emerge with solid skills, the ability to self-assess and improve, and the confidence to apply coaching in ways that they have not previously tried.

Some students may wish to go on to the Advanced Coaching Course, but the Introduction stands alone and should leave you ready to work in your chosen way.

Programme details

Term Starts:   3rd October      Half Term: 7th Nov

Week 1: Defining coaching and its outcomes

Week 2: Coaching as a teaching and learning tool; the role of reflective practice

Week 3: Core skills for coaching

Week 4: Coaching 'models'

Week 5: Observation and feedback

Week 6: Protecting the client and ourselves

Week 7: Different coaching contexts and third party relationships

Week 8: Using 'assessments' to find substantial development needs

Week 9: Psychological insights and coaching

Week 10:  How coaches develop; review; future plans


Background Reading:

Starr, Julie, The Coaching Manual: the Definitive Guide to the Process, Principles and Skills of Personal Coaching

Rogers, Jenny, Coaching Skills: A Handbook

Bates, Bob, The little book of big coaching models

If you are planning to purchase books, remember that courses with too few students enrolled will be cancelled. The Department accepts no responsibility for books bought in anticipation of a course.

If you have enrolled on a course starting in the autumn, you can become a borrowing member of the Rewley House library from 1st September. If you are enrolled on a course starting in other terms, you can become a borrowing member once the previous term has ended.



Recommended reading

All weekly class students may become borrowing members of the Rewley House Continuing Education Library for the duration of their course. Prospective students whose courses have not yet started are welcome to use the Library for reference. More information can be found on the Library website.

There is a Guide for Weekly Class students which will give you further information. 

Availability of titles on the reading list (below) can be checked on SOLO, the library catalogue.

Recommended Reading List


Coursework is an integral part of all weekly classes and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework, but only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.

If you do not register when you enrol, you have up until the course start date to do so.


Course Fee: £350.00
Take this course for CATS Points: £10.00


Dr Graham Wilson


A PhD in animal behaviour, and initial career in organisation development - creating exceptional places to work - followed by psychotherapy training, led Graham to coach, write, and speak on leadership development, as an executive confidant for 20+ years.

Course aims

To introduce the essentials of coaching, and practice the core skills, in a supportive environment, so that participants will feel confident using these in their work, day-to-day life, as a parent or volunteer.

Course Objectives:

1.  To understand coaching as an educational tool helping others to achieve change in their lives.

2.  To have the knowledge and skills to apply coaching in a variety of contexts.

3.  To appreciate our own skill level and develop plans to enhance it.

Teaching methods

Large and small group discussion - variously led by the tutor and participants; self-reflection; triads; pre- and post-session tutor-led input via VLE (Moodle); online and offline peer dialogue.



Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students will be expetced to:

1. Be capable of explaining core concepts of coaching to a lay person

2. Be able to assess the ethical considerations of a coaching scenario and how they would avoid/address them

3. Have a balanced perspective of their own coaching development and plans to develop themselves further

Assessment methods

Students will prepare three short (500 words each) summaries during the course; the coaching vernacular, an ethical case-study, and personal reflections on their coaching journey.

Students must submit a completed Declaration of Authorship form with any piece of work that is part of the assessment criteria. CATS points cannot be awarded without the aforementioned form.


To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee for each course you enrol on. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.

Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please complete an application form.

Level and demands

Most of the Department's weekly classes have 10 or 20 CATS points assigned to them. 10 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of ten 2-hour sessions. 20 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of twenty 2-hour sessions. It is expected that, for every 2 hours of tuition you are given, you will engage in eight hours of private study.

Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS)