The PG Dip Career Guidance / Qualification in Careers Guidance is offered as both a full-time and part-time (one day a week) dual-award course that provides professional training and a qualification for work as a career guidance practitioner. It 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.
Our course combines academic study with skill based experience and you will undertake work-based learning to help prepare 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.
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Starting: September 2014 or September 2015
Course length: One year full-time or two years part-time
Study location: City site
Fees and funding:
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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 associated pedagogy of career learning and development theory and allied theoretical perspectives. You will learn about 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 this course you will also:
- gain a qualification accredited by the Career Development Institute
- benefit from practical work based activities.
Core modules may include;
- One-to-one Guidance Interactions and Allied Theoretical Perspectives (Part one)
- Ethics, Values and Reflective Practice in a Guidance Context
- Labour Market Information
- One-to-one Career Guidance Interactions and Allied Theoretical Perspectives (Part two)
- Working in Partnership and Evidence Based Practice
- Career Related Learning.
Download a detailed module list .
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. A portfolio is also produced which records evidence of your skills and knowledge. The portfolio provides you with evidence of all you have achieved during the PG Dip CG / QCG.
Please note that this course is accredited by the professional body, the Career Development Institute.
How do you study?
This course combines academic study with skills-based work. Alongside the four modules taught at the University, the course incorporates a 12-week placement, which is taken with the same employer at intervals throughout the year in one, two and three-week blocks. Full-time students usually attend their placement for three days per week and part-time students for 1.5 days per week. Every student has a personal tutor to provide individual support and mentoring and a work-based mentor during periods of work-based learning.
Continuing Professional Learning and Development (CPLD)
If you are already working in the field but are not able to complete the fill course then you may consider studying individual modules. The practical, relevant module content, means that our modules are perfect for practitioners' CPLD needs. Please get in contact for more information.
This professional course has a strong national reputation and an outstanding record of employment in advice and guidance-related areas.
Previous students have gone on to become:
- Connexions personal advisors
- University careers advisers
- College-based careers advisers
- Guidance practitioners
- Advisers with charitable organisations
- School-based careers coordinators.
The course incorporates approximately 12 weeks of work-based learning, 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 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 on our website.
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How to apply
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