The Postgraduate Diploma Career Guidance / Qualification in Career Guidance is offered as a full-time (two days per week) dual-award course that provides professional training and a qualification for work as a career guidance practitioner.
The complete Diploma is accredited by and meets the learning outcomes laid down by the professional body, the Career Development Institute (CDI), who have also commended the Careers Guidance course for its professional links and excellent teaching team.
The course combines academic study with skill-based experience. You will undertake work-based learning to help prepare and support you for practice. These practical learning opportunities, along with our strong links within the profession, contribute to our outstanding employment record in guidance and advice-related careers.
The next start date for the full-time route is September 2016.
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The course has been designed to give you the opportunity to gain the skills and theoretical knowledge required of a guidance practitioner, including career guidance interviewing and group work skills. The learning is underpinned by a comprehensive understanding of the associated pedagogy of career learning and development theory and allied theoretical perspectives. You will learn about the policy, practice and theories underpinning career guidance, equality and diversity, curriculum design and career learning, partnership work including advocacy, labour market information, and research-based practice.
On completion of the Diploma you will gain a qualification accredited by the Career Development Institute (CDI). The course is an approved centre accredited by the CDI to award the Qualification in Careers Guidance (QCG). Details of the registration and membership fees for the CDI are advertised on their website. Currently the registration and membership fee is £310 and £45 respectively. You will need to pay the CDI registration and membership fees following enrolment on to the full-time course. The membership fee for courses longer than 12 months in duration may need to be paid annually.
Core modules may include:
- One-to-One Career Guidance Interactions and Allied Theoretical Concepts (Part 1)
- Ethics, Values and Reflective Practice in a Guidance Context
- Labour Market Information
- One-to-One Career Guidance Interactions and Allied Theoretical Concepts (Part 2)
- Working in Partnership and Evidence-based Practice
- Career-related Learning.
Download a detailed module list .
Delivery and Assessment
Alongside the six modules taught at the University, the course incorporates work-based learning via work-related activities and / or placements undertaken with employers and within the University.
A variety of assessment methods are used, including the skills-based assessments of interviewing and group work, investigative reports and case studies, and a professional discussion that evidences learning achieved during the PG Dip CG or QCG.
View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change
You'll also have easy access to a great combination of facilities that include:
- the £13 million Boots Library that has a wide range of both print and online resources, as well as 24-7 IT facilities, and both group and individual study spaces
- the redeveloped Newton and Arkwright buildings, which will provide you with an inspiring place to learn
- our virtual learning environment (NOW), which allows you to learn online at any time
- 3,000 student open access PCs and 300 secure wireless access points
- a City site Students' Union building giving you an exceptional array of social, leisure and wellbeing facilities.
This professional course has a strong national reputation and an outstanding record of employment in advice and guidance-related areas.
The job titles below give an indication of the careers our recent Career Guidance graduates are following:
- Guidance Counsellor and Teacher
- International Liaison Officer
- Teaching Assistant
- Freelance Career Counsellor
- College Careers Coordinator
- Learning Support Worker
- Targeted Support Worker – Transition
- IAG Employment Officers in the Probation Service
- Candidate Manager
- Careers and Employability Advisor in Colleges
- YMCA Family Advisor
- Careers and Higher Education Advisor
Data extracted from the Nottingham Trent University Graduate Destinations Database 2007 – 2013/14.
This course combines academic study with skills-based work. Alongside the six modules taught at the University, the course incorporates eight to nine weeks of work-related activities, which can include placements with an employer(s) throughout the year in two and three-week blocks. A week constitutes the number of days attendance required at University. Full-time students usually attend their placement for two days per week. Work-based learning can occur within:
- higher education careers and employability services
- further education institution
- youth support services (local authorities)
- adult Services
- voluntary and community organisations.
- You will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree or other equivalent higher education qualification, e.g. HND / DipHE.
- Applicants without such qualifications will be considered but will be required to evidence relevant work experience in a related field, and demonstrate their motivation and ability to study at postgraduate level.
- Interviews form part of the selection process.
- All applicants will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly known as Criminal Records Bureau disclosure).
- English language entry requirements for courses at the School of Social Sciences and a full list of all English language qualifications accepted by the University are available.
The next start date for the full-time and part-time routes is September 2016.
Career Development Institute (CDI) registration and membership fees
On completion of the Diploma you will gain a qualification accredited by the Career Development Institute (CDI). The course is an approved centre accredited by the CDI to award the Qualification in Careers Guidance (QCG). Details of the registration and membership fees for the CDI are advertised on their website. Currently the registration and membership fees are £310 and £45 respectively. You will need to pay the CDI registration and membership fees following enrolment on to the full-time course. The membership fee for courses longer than 12 months in duration may need to be paid annually.
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Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4460
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