Life coach

Life coaches support and encourage people to help them make the most of their lives.

Average salary (a year)


Typical hours (a week)

30 to 32 variable

You could work

freelance / self-employed managing your own hours

How to become a Life coach

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • applying directly


If you already have a degree, you could study for a postgraduate award in coaching at some universities. Courses at this level tend to focus on sport, or performance management within organisations.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course

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You'll have a big advantage if you have qualifications and membership of a professional organisation. A good starting point would be to choose a course that is approved by one of the independent coaching bodies.

It's important that you gather as much information as possible before choosing a course, as costs vary widely. Courses are available through online and face-to-face learning, so you can choose the one that suits you best. Apart from your studies you would need to make time for practical coaching sessions and preparation activities.

Check that the course offers:

  • contacts with other coaching and mentoring bodies
  • testimonials from coaches who have attended the course
  • good resources for developing skills
  • practical training, such as workshops and seminars
  • some supervised work with a practising life coach or assessor
  • advice on setting up a business
  • opportunities for continuing professional development

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements for this route.

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Direct application

Life coaching is not regulated in the UK, so anyone can work as a life coach if they feel they have the necessary skills and qualities.

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Further information

You can get more information and advice on coaching and mentoring from the Coaching and Mentoring Network.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
  • knowledge of psychology
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to understand people‚Äôs reactions
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to enjoy working with other people
  • You will be expected to use a computer confidently as part of this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

You'll work with clients on a day-to-day basis by:

  • discussing their situation, values, attitudes and beliefs
  • helping them to set and achieve suitable goals for change
  • looking at ways of overcoming barriers and setbacks
  • helping them stay motivated and committed

Working environment

You could work from home or at a client's business.

Career path and progression

You could set up your own business and employ other coaches.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a Life coach right now.

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Courses In England

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