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Health and Wellbeing Improvement

Health and Wellbeing Improvement

Coach people to find their best selves through behaviour change

Discover the tools of a health and wellbeing coach

Behaviours are the way we act, normally in response to a particular situation or stimulus. Sometimes we can develop behaviours that negatively impact our wellbeing. These can be obvious outward actions such as smoking, drinking, food choices and an aversion to exercise. But they can also be more subtle, such as habitual ways we manage our daily schedule or our interactions with people.

This professional training in Health and Wellbeing Improvement is a coaching diploma that enables you to work with individuals, groups and communities to promote positive change in those behaviours. The course is multi-dimensional, including looking at physical, mental and emotional health. Based on a preventative approach, this course can help you to make a real difference to people’s lives.

Supporting behaviour change

Through this qualification you will learn how to have conversations and carry out consultations with individuals, groups and communities to help them to identify their priorities in relation to their health and wellbeing.  You will also be able to help them recognise how certain factors might be affecting their health and wellbeing.

The qualification includes studying the theories and principles of behaviour change, the roles and responsibilities of people who support the health and wellbeing of others, the use of motivational techniques, and how to conduct a consultation.

By the end of this course you will be able to help people make improvements or changes to their lives by positive behaviour change, by adopting activities and practices that will have a positive effect on their physical and mental health and wellbeing, using the principles of the Six Dimensions of Wellness as a guide.

Who is the qualification for?

This qualification is for you if you are interested in facilitating the health and wellbeing of others, and helping others to make positive and permanent behaviour changes. It would enhance the knowledge of those already working in the health and wellbeing sector, including health mentors and community workers. It would be a gateway course into a profession in life coaching. It is suitable for people in the fitness industry, such as certified yoga teachers and personal trainers who are interested in adding mentoring to their skillset. 

In detail

This course will give you the tools to improve the lives of others. By focusing on their physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing, and guiding them to make positive behaviour changes, you will be enabling people to live their lives as their best selves. By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Carry out initial motivational consultations with individuals 
  • Establish a positive environment to enabling rapport to be built
  • Identify key priorities for an individual’s health and wellbeing using a person-centred, holistic approach
  • Enhance the motivation of individuals to take greater control of aspects of their life and/or behaviours
  • Carry out development of client-led, joint action plans with individuals, using the SMART objectives
  • Carry out action plan reviews including being able to identify with individuals any lack of progress, the reasons for this, and agree a revised action plan

Progression Routes

Students who have completed this diploma will have the foundations on which to build a career in life coaching. They can go on to study further wellness certificates, such as Wellness coaching or become a certified Wellness practitioner. They can also go on to take further diploma qualifications at Level 4, which is equivalent to the first year of a university degree, in the field of public health. 

Recognised by

This qualification is regulated by OFQUAL and endorsed by CIMSPA.


What are the entry requirements for this course?

There are no prescribed entry requirements for this course. There is an element of communication (discussing, presenting, reading, and writing) involved so students should have basic skills in communication at Level 2 (GCSE level English skills). You also need to have an interest in health and wellbeing.

How old do I need to be to take this course?

Young and old will all benefit from this course, but all students should be a minimum of 16 years old to undertake this qualification.

How will I be assessed?

Each learner is required to create a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates achievement of all the learning outcomes and the assessment criteria associated with each unit.

The main pieces of evidence for the portfolio could include:

  • Assessor observation – completed observational checklists on related action plans  
  • Coursework – worksheets, assignments, projects or reports
  • Record of oral and written questioning  
  • Learner and peer reports
  • Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

The evidence used in assessment portfolios will preferably be drawn from actual situations but may be based on simulated situations where appropriate and where permitted by the relevant Sector Skills Council or Sector Skills Body.

How long with the course take?

Starting September 2021, we will offer this training course in a number of format to suit your needs. As well as scheduled training sessions, you will need to complete independent study.

The overall guided learning hours (GLH) estimate for this training course is 121 hours. It may take you more or less time to complete.

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Who is this course recognised by?

The Diploma in Health and Wellbeing Improvement has been devised by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), the leading public health awarding organisation in the UK. It is also fully endorsed by CIMSPA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity).

Our Diploma in Health and Wellbeing Improvement consists of 7 modules that each focus on a specific area of health and wellbeing, and how to tailor that to a personalised consultation.

Unit Title Unit Ref Level GLH
Principles of health improvement T/502/7120 2 8
Supporting Behaviour Change T/616/9705 2 14
The wider determinants of health and health inequality for individuals, communities and public policy D/617/6468 3 20
Theories and principles of behaviour change H/617/6469 3 20
Roles and responsibilities of people supporting health and wellbeing Y/617/6470 3 20
Conduct motivational consultations D/617/6471 3 15
Professional Practice H/617/6472 3 24