Taught course

Introduction to business and workplace coaching (online short course)

Open University · Faculty of Business and Law

Entry requirements

Although there are no formal academic requirements, you will benefit from being in a position to practice the skills and behaviours covered in this course.

You can register and begin at any time during the life of the course. You can study at your own pace and submit your practice-based assignment at any date before the final submission date for the course.

The course will require around 10 hours to complete.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is aimed at individuals with little or no coaching experience, and have an interest in people, their development, wellbeing and performance. It will be highly valuable to managers, professionals or volunteers in any industry sector who want to develop the skills and values of good coaching, including active listening, questioning, paraphrasing, building rapport and importantly reflective practice. The activities in it will encourage you to observe, communicate interact and importantly, to establish a ‘contract’ to ensure both coach and coachee are comfortable with the frameworks used in coaching.

You will learn to:

  • explain the benefits and apply the core skills of coaching in a variety of settings
  • apply a framework for coaching where you agree expectations with your coachee and control the flow of a conversation
  • find new coaching opportunities where you can facilitate others respectfully, to define and move closer to self-set goals
  • reflect on and evaluate your experiences of coaching and plan future practice.

This course has been developed in collaboration with Management Futures who pioneered the development of coaching as a practical management and leadership tool.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • CPD
    0.1 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
End-of-course quiz100

Course contact details

The Open University