Nottingham Trent University has been designing and delivering professional training and courses for practitioners in the career development field since 1973 and has developed a strong national reputation in the field. Our dedicated staff are professionally trained practitioners in the career development sector, and they provide a wealth of experience and support for our students. The team are actively engaged in research and other professional activities, including delivering papers at conferences and training events. Not only is the curriculum content enriched by these activities, but they also feed directly in to our approaches to teaching and learning.
This programme has been designed with the busy professional in mind. It's delivered over a sixteen week period via a blended learning platform comprising three face-to-face days, weekly online teaching and learning activities, and one-to-one tutorials. A platform of carefully constructed bite-size activities enables the synthesis of theory and practice, supporting the reflection and application of ideas to your own institutional and regional context. The three days face-to-face contact are vital in establishing supportive relationships and promoting the sharing of good practice, which are key to successful outcomes. On-going support and feedback is embedded within the structure.
This course starts in January 2021 and has additional start dates throughout the year.
Completing the PG Cert actually enabled me to go on and secure a new role, which is 100% relevant to the course content. My new role is as Teaching Fellow and involves lots of 1:1s, as well as curriculum design and assessment.
How you’re taught
Our blended mode of delivery won the UK Career Development Institute Award for ‘Best Practice in the use of Technology Career Development’, sponsored by Prospects, in recognition of our innovative use of technology to support student careers development practitioners.
Student learning is supported through a range of scaffolded and collaborative teaching and learning activities, within a teaching and learning environment that fosters student-centred, facilitative learning. Incorporated within the design of the teaching and learning are opportunities to share good practice, gain peer feedback, as well as tutor feedback. Tutorials will support the personalisation of the learning and enable you to discuss individual situations on a one-to-one basis with your tutor. Our methods are varied and include:
- face-to-face training days
- online activities using digital technology, for example Padlet, audio/visual recordings
- individual tutorials
- case study investigations
- interactive and collaborative group learning
- formative tasks that enable you to gain feedback on your learning
- provider/employer visits
- reflective logs that facilitate and develop learning during teaching and learning
As a student of NTU, you’ll have access to a wide range of student support services including an extensive online library, access to the most current research in the field of career development, and online study materials.
The programme is offered via accredited and non-accredited routes. For those studying on the accredited route, you can gain accreditation of 30 credits at Masters Level (Level 7), which can be transferred onto the Postgraduate Certificate in Career Development or the QCD/Masters provision (up to PG Diploma Level) - all available via a blended learning route and providing eligibility for the UK Register of Career Development Professionals.
Campus and facilities
NTU offers a wide range of learning resources and facilities to all students. As a Social Sciences student, you’ll also have easy access to the fantastic facilities in the Chaucer and Taylor buildings as well as online facilities. These include:
- Lecture theatres and teaching classrooms;
- Access to the NTUs Online Workspace (NOW)
- Open access PCs and secure wireless points;
- Study areas and social spaces;
- Chaucer café, serving drinks and light snacks;
- Our School of Social Sciences reception, providing you with easy access to our helpful and friendly support staff;
- The School’s media room to support skill development
- If you choose to study the Qualification in Career Development Professional Standards (QCD) as part of the MA, as a Student Member of the CDI you will also have access to CDI events, webinars, conferences and courses.
Our IT resource rooms and PC clusters are distributed across our City Campus, with PCs providing access to Microsoft Office, email, web browsing, networked file storage and high-speed online printing services, with a free printing allowance for each student. Our IT Service Desk is also available during working hours to support you with any IT queries you may have.
Resource rooms are available 24 hours a day.
Books and library resources
Our state-of-the-art Boots library will give you access to an extensive and diverse range of books and periodicals that focus on specialist areas within the built environment. The library's OneSearch system provides access to all our electronic resources, journals and books, including the most current research within the field of career development.
Within the library there is a liaison librarian who has specialist subject knowledge and can offer detailed help in finding and using print and electronic resources, and also with areas such as Harvard referencing, research skills and academic writing. There are also opportunities to book one-to-one online tutorial support with the library team via Skype.