This is a field which is less than fifteen years old, despite having historic origins that span more than a century.
The course will cover definitions, standards and models in child coaching as well as examining the core principles and concepts which enable the successful establishment of a child-coach collaborative and positive relationship. Due to the vulnerability of children and the need for different or alternative methods of communication, there will be some material covering child development both physically and psychologically, parent-child relationships and how children learn and shape behaviour through different forms of communication.
Unlike adult coaching techniques, when working with children one has to employ flexible methods, and these may be through creative mediums and other 'hands' on strategies, all of which will be studied throughout the course material.
The fully accredited Diploma course will cover a broad selection of topic areas to provide the student with an in depth knowledge of the Child Coaching field.
Materials can be studied online or there is also the option to have the printed materials delivered for an additional charge of £65.
The course will contain the following modules:
The first module introduces child coaching, its uses and contexts. A presentation and discussion of the psychological development of children (up to the age of 18), and integration of relevant physical aspects will be given.
In order to effectively communicate with children we need to have an understanding and knowledge of how they learn and assimilate what they hear, feel, see and perceive in their world. This module will discuss these processes and it will aid programme design and effective use of appropriate communication models and techniques.
This module deals with listening and congruence; how children react and respond within different contexts and situations. The module will also explore and discuss some of the specialist coaching skills needed when working with children.
This module deals with ethical issues when working with children, such as consent, criminal records documentation, professional codes of conduct and working with vulnerable groups. It will also address issues of coaching responsibilities and how a successful collaborative relationship can be built and maintained with children of all ages.
This looks at some of the reasons that children come for coaching. They may be shy and unable to 'fit' in with their peer group; they may need to achieve more in terms of education, sport, etc. The reasons for attending may be complex and even involve family situations such as divorce, separation or loss. All these issues will be examined in this module.
This brings the whole process together and looks at it from assessment to closure of the programme. In addition some example documents and templates for communication models will be given.
Previous Knowledge Required
No previous knowledge or experience is essential to study this course.
This course offers 12 months tutor support. Tutors are available to answer student questions relating to course materials and to comment on the assignments that are sent in to state how well students have understood the unit content.
Final online multiple choice examination counts for 100% of the final grade. Throughout the course there are ten SAPs (coursework) and a thesis. The course clearly states that this is not mandatory to complete as it has no bearing on the final grade. We do suggest that students complete these as this will not only assist them in examination preparation but also will give the student the skill set should they wish to continue their studies (continuous professional development) at a higher level.
This Level 3 Diploma in Child Coaching is Quality Assured by OLQA. Upon successful completion of the course you will receive certification awarded by Oxford College. The qualification does not carry UCAS points but is recognised by employers and some universities as a level 3 qualification. For entry into university students will need to check the relevant university’s entry requirements to see if they will accept a Level 3 Diploma in place of A Levels / UCAS points.