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Level 3 Certificate in Health Coaching (RSPH)

Coming soon - Spring 2024 

A Health Coach is someone who supports and guides their clients, empowering them to make a particular health or behaviour change to achieve a wellness goal, by offering guidance and keeping their clients motivated and accountable.

A wellness goal could include anything from better stress management to giving up smoking to having better sleep hygiene to making healthier choices throughout a day.

This qualification will give you the understanding, essential underpinning knowledge, and the skills to allow you to practice as a Health Coach. You will acquire the skills to deliver personalised care as part of a health coaching programme, in order to promote the health and wellbeing of individuals, groups, and communities.

You will learn how to:

  • carry out a personalised care consultation in order to support your clients to identify their health and wellbeing priorities
  • assist clients in recognising the factors that might be affecting their health and wellbeing, and identify any barriers that are holding them back from achieving their goal
  • develop and implement an achievable action plan to achieve their goals and overcome any barriers. 

Underpinning knowledge includes behaviour change models, principles of behaviour change, and related tools and techniques.

Qualifying as a Health Coach will allow you to make a real difference to a client's life by helping them improve their choices in relation to health and wellbeing. Health Coaching is a stand-alone career but it also sits perfectly alongside professions such as personal training. It will allow you to offer a fully comprehensive and more in-depth support to your clients to aid their progress. 

This course is blended and has a combination of online self-study and face-to-face teaching on campus.

We are in the process of finalising the dates on campus which are likely to be from March 2024.

Our resources include:

  • slides
  • quizzes
  • lectures from leading experts
  • video content.

During the practical sessions, you will coach, be coached, observe coaching in action, and you will be required to build a portfolio of evidence.

You will receive access to the online course two weeks prior to the first on-site date so you can fully prepare for the practical sessions on campus. This course takes approximately 130 hours to complete, and you will be required to work through the online classes independently between sessions on campus.


The full cost is £950. The deposit cost is £50. 

St Mary's University staff and students can receive a 10% discount. Please use the booking link on the discounted short courses page (St Mary's login required).


Whilst enrolled upon the Health Coach course you will study the following four units:

  • The Principles and Concepts of Health Coaching
  • The Wider Determinants of Health and Health Inequality
  • Theories of Behaviour Change, Principles of Motivational Techniques and their application to personalised care
  • Conduct a Personalised Care Consultation.


This course is assessed via written assignments, observations, and portfolio of evidence. 


It is recommended that learners should have achieved a level of education equivalent to five GCSEs at grades A*-C prior to commencing the RSPH Level 3 Certificate in Health Coaching, however exemptions may be made for adult returners with experience of the workplace.


Upon successful completion of this course candidates will be awarded a Level 3 Certificate in Health Coaching from The Royal Society for Public Health. You will be able to practice as a Health Coach and will be eligible to join the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) which entitles you to use MRPSH after your name.

Register your interest

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