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This course is offered as a PgDip or an MA (QCG Level 7) Level 6 Diploma. The role of career guidance in our rapidly-changing economy and labour market has never been more important. Read more
This course is offered as a PgDip or an MA (QCG Level 7) Level 6 Diploma.

The role of career guidance in our rapidly-changing economy and labour market has never been more important. The aim of this course is to provide you with opportunities to develop the relevant skills, knowledge and experience needed for offering career guidance. As well as providing you with a postgraduate qualification, the course is recognised and accredited by the Institute of Career Guidance.

This course is fully accredited by the Institute of Career Guidance, and successful completion of the Diploma also gives the QCG. We offer the MA for those who want complete a research project which will form the basis of a dissertation, we can also offer the Diploma on a more flexible basis for those wanting to combine work and study.

The course can be studied on a more flexible, distance/blended basis so that you can combine work and study. CPD opportunities are also available. Please contact the admissions team for more details.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

-You will be trained in the theory and practice of career guidance
-The graduates from the course have an excellent track record of employment with career guidance providers
-The course is fully accredited by the institute of career guidance, and successful completion of the Diploma also gives the QCG
-It is a professionally-accredited course that is widely recognised by career guidance providers
-We offer innovative and flexible learning to suit requirements, and particularly those who want to combine work and study
-You have the opportunity to progress to Masters level
-You will develop your interpersonal skills
-Get the opportunity to work with a wide variety of different people and institutions
-Gain experience in career planning
-Extend your knowledge of employment, education and training

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

The theory and practice of career guidance is central to the course, and you will have the opportunity to develop your interpersonal and professional skills by taking a placement in a school, college, further education or higher education institute, or a Connexions or Adult Guidance agency. The course is extremely well-connected to a wide variety of guidance providers as well as practitioners who are at the cutting edge of applied research.

Modules include:
-The framework for professional practice, including ethics and values
-Career guidance theory and policy, including theories of career choice and models of delivery
-Work-based learning, including input that will develop your professionalism in organisations
-Research methods (including evaluation) - a key way of ensuring the impact and relevance of the profession
-Working with clients and partnerships, including networking skills

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

Successful completion of the course will equip you to find employment as a guidance practitioner in the statutory services, further education and higher education institutions and the various opportunities becoming more available in the voluntary and private sector.

The course’s graduates have an excellent track record of securing employment in career guidance, such as Personal Adviser roles in Connexions, Careers Advisers in FE and HE, and Employability Development Officers in HE.

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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Put into practice the latest counselling techniques with work placement opportunities on this practical professionally accredited course with excellent employment rates. Read more
Put into practice the latest counselling techniques with work placement opportunities on this practical professionally accredited course with excellent employment rates.

As a careers guidance professional, you’ll be working with young people, adults, parents, teachers, employers and training providers.

This course equips you with the knowledge to successfully support clients on navigating the confusing maze of pathways in employment and education.

This one year full-time course is recognised by the profession throughout the UK and is accredited by the Career Development Institute.

What you'll learn

With an excellent employment rate for graduates, our postgraduate diploma combines academic study with practical professional training, including seven weeks of work placement. Teaching staff on the programme are qualified and experienced career advisers and bring additional specialist expertise to the course.

You’ll acquire effective interpersonal communication skills for one-to-one career guidance, working with groups and via online media. You’ll learn and put into practice the latest counselling techniques, while developing the necessary research and teamwork skills to carry you into your own successful career.

The skills taught are transferable to many other roles in employment, education and training. Former students have gone on to work in education-industry liaison, and projects promoting mentoring or equality and diversity.

Modules

• Career counselling and coaching
• Theories of career choice and development
• Career and educational information
• Labour market studies
• Public policy and the professional context for practice
• Equality, diversity and social inclusion

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

How to apply

http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/how-to-apply

SAAS Funding

Nothing should get in the way of furthering your education. Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) awards funding for postgraduate courses, and could provide the help you need to continue your studies. Find out more: http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/saas-funded-courses

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With placement opportunities available this programme, which achieved 100% overall satisfaction in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2015, qualifies you to work as a careers guidance practitioner. Read more
With placement opportunities available this programme, which achieved 100% overall satisfaction in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2015, qualifies you to work as a careers guidance practitioner.

MSc (online) up to 2 years; Diploma (full-time/part-time or online) 1 year/2 years; Certificate (part-time/online) up to 2 years

About the programme

Career guidance practitioners provide accurate and relevant advice on employment, education and training opportunities to an ever-widening client group. This programme focuses on professional practice, personal reflection and critical analysis of practice.

The Masters allows guidance practitioners to undertake research and work evaluation as part of their ongoing professional development.

Additional Entry Information

We welcome applications from a variety of backgrounds, including groups which have been underrepresented in the career guidance profession.

Applicants for the online learning Certificate and Diploma are expected to be employed for the whole duration of their programme in a career or educational guidance context, or in an organisation whose main function is to give educational or careers guidance to adults.

Overseas students must also meet UWS English language requirements.

Practical experience

Postgraduate Diploma students learning on-campus are provided with placements and practical opportunities for practice, with opportunities to experience how career guidance practitioners operate in organisations and as training providers.

Your learning

- Certificate and Diploma:
The Certificate consists of three modules and the Diploma six. The core module is Reflective Guidance Practice. Additional modules include Models of Professional Practice; Career Coaching and Development; Career Related Policy; Career Development Theory; Reflective Guidance Practice; and Labour Market Studies.

- MSc:
You can take up to two years of further part-time study towards a Masters award either by completing a dissertation, or by completing a literature review and associated article. Part-time and online learning Those already working in the sector can study part-time or online. You must have access to clients to undertake practical assessments, and to a mentor. If seeking professional accreditation beyond the Postgraduate Diploma award, you will undertake a two-week placement in another guidance organisation in Year 2.

Our Careers Adviser says

Graduates have a successful record of gaining employment as career guidance practitioners in the public, private and voluntary sectors within the UK.

Professional recognition

The Postgraduate Diploma can include completion of the Qualification in Career Guidance and Development (QCGD) which is professionally accredited by the Career Development Institute UK (CDIUK).

Financial support

In session 2015/16 the Postgraduate Diploma element of this programme carried SAAS postgraduate loan funding for eligible students. Check http://www.saas.gov.uk for 2016/17 loan info.

Research excellence

Research carried out by our staff underpins all of our teaching activity, which means you’ll directly benefit from our extensive expertise in a variety of fascinating, relevant areas. Our research outputs span academic publications and a range of contributions to official reports. Our research work is coordinated through a set of interdisciplinary research groups in Applied Psychology, Civil Society and Governance, Health Behaviours and Policy, and Social Work.

We would be interested to hear from anyone who might be interested in pursuing postgraduate studies linked to any aspect of our research work. In addition, we offer a range of research-based modules and short courses for continuing professional development. Our portfolio of research-led taught postgraduate programmes is now expanding across the full range of subject areas.

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This course is for those seeking a professional qualification in Career Guidance. You'll take the Qualification in Careers Guidance (QCG) - the nationally recognised professional qualification awarded by the Career Development Institute (CDI) - alongside the PgDip. Read more
This course is for those seeking a professional qualification in Career Guidance. You'll take the Qualification in Careers Guidance (QCG) - the nationally recognised professional qualification awarded by the Career Development Institute (CDI) - alongside the PgDip. You'll learn about policy, practice and theories underpinning career guidance, equality and diversity, partnership working and research based practice. A significant amount of your learning also takes place whilst on placement where you'll gain the practical skills to successfully work with adults and young people in the wide range of settings in which careers guidance is practiced. These include workplaces, the voluntary sector, higher and further education careers services, secondary education and the recently formed National Careers Service.For those successfully completing the PgDip, you can progress to complete the full MA qualification via completion of a dissertation.

This course is available on a one year full-time or two year part-time basis. Successful completion of the course results in the Career Development Institute approved career guidance professional qualification (the Qualification in Career Guidance or QCG). The course can lead to a wide variety of interesting and rewarding career prospects in career guidance companies, higher and further education careers and employability services, secondary education and third sector organisations.You can find out more via [the CDI website|[email protected]//http://www.thecdi.net].

You'll be taught by an outstanding team of teachers; in fact we've been ranked in the top five in the Guardian Guide for Education for the sixth year running. All members of our team have strong links with the workplace and are professionally qualified in relevant vocational areas. You'll also have access to our extensive professional and academic network which feeds directly into course design and delivery and to excellent facilities and specialist equipment.

Titles of work undertaken by students on this course have included:

• Career counselling and youth employability

• Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance in Schools (CEIAG): When should CEIAG be delivered and how should it be delivered?

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Following the Education Act 2011, schools now have the responsibility to provide their students with impartial and independent career guidance. Read more
Following the Education Act 2011, schools now have the responsibility to provide their students with impartial and independent career guidance. In response to this, schools may need to appoint new staff, or change the responsibilities of their current staff to take on a careers role; these staff will not always have a background in careers work.

Visit the website: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/courses/postgraduate/understanding-careers-education-and-guidance.aspx

Course detail

The certificate includes the study of relevant terminology (e.g. information, advice, guidance, careers education), the place of careers education in the curriculum, the benefits of impartial career guidance, an introduction to how young people make their career decisions and the process and skills of the career guidance interview.

Suitability

This course is designed for people who are new to a careers role and who feel they need to learn the foundations of what makes effective careers work in schools. It will enable you to gain a clear understanding of providing careers education and guidance, and give you an opportunity to explore the CEG provision in your own organisation.

Assessment

Report analysing provision of Careers Education and Guidance (CEG) within an organisation eg a school. Written case study of a young person in transition.

What can I do next?

There is the possibility for progression to Level 7 study eg MA in Career Management.

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow this link: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/how-to-apply/how-to-apply.aspx

Funding

-Masters Loans-

From 2016/17 government loans of up to £10,000 are available for postgraduate Masters study. The loans will be paid directly to students by the Student Loans Company and will be subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

For more information available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/funding-your-postgraduate-degree.aspx

-2017/18 Entry Financial Support-

Information on alternative funding sources is available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/2017-18-entry-financial-support.aspx

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The MA enables the you to make a distinctive contribution to higher education careers work through independent research. It is approved by the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) and designed and taught in partnership with this professional body. Read more
The MA enables the you to make a distinctive contribution to higher education careers work through independent research. It is approved by the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) and designed and taught in partnership with this professional body. It is also approved by the Career Development Institute (CDI) as meeting the qualification requirement for the UK Register of Career Development Professionals.

Areas of Study

There are two pathways available within the MA in Career Education, Information and Guidance in Higher Education: Route A and Route B. It is not necessary to finalise preferred route at the time of application as this can be confirmed later. Both pathways enable direct entry to the MA.

Route A
Route A includes the 3 x core 20 credit modules (including the Research Project module), a choice of 3 x 20 credit optional modules from the table below and a 60 credit module completed via a 15,000 word Dissertation (A). All participants start with the core modules: Career Development Theories and the next available Challenges of Careers Work in Higher Education module. These modules run twice a year (key dates) and further details are available in AGCAS events calendar).

Route B
Route B includes the 3 x core 20 credit modules detailed below (including the Research Project module), a choice of 1 x 20 credit module, and a 100 credit module completed via a 25,000 word Dissertation (B). This route is particularly suitable if you have a relevant prior qualification and experience.

Support and supervision

There is significant support available through the extended course team consisting of Phil McCash (Warwick), Gill Frigerio (Warwick), Sharon West (Warwick), Linda Byrne (AGCAS), Jan Cornish (AGCAS) and a large group of highly experienced AGCAS Trainers and Mentors. Dissertation students are allocated a dissertation supervisor. Supervision is provided to assist you with undertaking an initial literature review, constructing research questions and designing a methodology. There is considerable experience available within the course team and most topics connected with higher education careers work can be pursued.

Overseas applicants

Part-time international and EU applicants are welcomed. We have received successful applications from a range of countries including the UK, Ireland, Norway, France, Germany, Romania, Slovenia, USA, China and Australia. Full-time applicants are advised to consider our MA Career Development and Coaching Studies (PL 561).

HECSU Bursary

The Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU) provides the HECSU Training Bursary Scheme to support participants on this joint AGCAS and University of Warwick course.

Progression

Former students have gone on to publish and disseminate their work in a range of academic and professional contexts. Our graduates occupy a range of roles in higher education careers work including management, education and career coaching. PhD opportunities are available at Warwick within the Centre for Lifelong Learning and the Warwick Institute for Employment Research.

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This course leads to professional qualification through the Qualification in Career Development (QCD), which is awarded by the Career Development Institute (CDI). Read more

Why choose this course:

• This course leads to professional qualification through the Qualification in Career Development (QCD), which is awarded by the Career Development Institute (CDI).

• This broad-based programme is rooted in practice and integrates various approaches to providing career support (including career guidance, career coaching and career education)

• You’ll explore the language of ‘career education and coaching’ which aligns the course with contemporary thinking about the skills base of the profession.

• You will undertake work placements to gain valuable real world experience

• You’ll be taught by staff from the International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS), a world leading centre for the study of career development. This provides you with a unique opportunity to engage with and learn from recognised thought leaders and influencers in the field.

About the course:

This flexible course will suit individuals working or wishing to work in a variety of settings within the sector, including education, the community and the workplace. You will explore the theories, policies and practices of career education, guidance and coaching, and the framework for professional practice. There is an emphasis on technology and the use of technology to support the delivery of career development interventions.

You will have the opportunity to explore practice in a range of career development contexts including:

• the development of working relationships with clients
• partnership working
• the development and provision of career, labour market information, technology and social media to support career development

You will also have the chance to develop the necessary research skills to operate within a research context, before undertaking a work-based research project.

You will be taught by members of iCeGS, who are experts in the area of career guidance. You will also have access to the iCeGS library and archive of career literature and research, as well as extra-curricular activities such as the iCeGS annual lecture, research seminars and workshops.

Throughout the course you will gather the necessary evidence for your QCD portfolio with support from our teaching team.

To gain your QCD, you are required to undertake 20 days of work-based placements. You may already be based in a suitable workplace, but if you wish to explore a different setting or don’t currently have access to one, we will support you to find a suitable work placement. Our teaching team have extensive networks of career development providers, so you may have access to placements in settings such as schools, colleges, universities, research centres, and large organisations who employ career development practitioners in a range of roles, including human resources and talent management.

You will also be required to undertake an additional 10 days of related work-based learning, which includes activities such as careers fairs and visits to employers.

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This course, combining academic study and professional training, is for you if you want to enter the career guidance sector in which you could work in a range of settings (e.g. Read more
This course, combining academic study and professional training, is for you if you want to enter the career guidance sector in which you could work in a range of settings (e.g. careers service companies, youth guidance services, further education, higher education, adult guidance, the voluntary sector).

Visit the website: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/courses/postgraduate/career-management.aspx

Course detail

You can opt to study only the PG Diploma (120 credits at Level 7) / Qualification in Career Guidance (QCG) or to continue on to complete the full MA.

The University and the Career Development Institute validate the QCG, which is widely recognised in the UK and overseas as the professional qualification for working in this sector, and provides a sound and comprehensive basis for entry into all aspects of careers work. The full MA provides both the professional and academic qualifications for a successful career in this sector.

Suitability

This course is for anyone who would like to work within the careers sector and who would like to become fully qualified to do so.

Applicants do not need previous experience although any experience working in a supporting capacity with adults or young people will be helpful.

Content

The QCG course meets all the learning outcomes laid down by the Career Development Institute and includes:

• Developing Career Management Skills and Processes
• Transforming Practice through Critical Reflection (or ‘Exploring Practice through Critical Reflection’ for those not registering for the QCG)
• Exploring Theories of Career Management
• Designing Career Learning and Development
• Promoting Equality and Diversity
• Engaging with Labour Markets.

All modules are compulsory. For the full MA you will also complete the Evaluation and Research Methods teaching and write a Dissertation

Format

A blend of academic study (lectures, seminars, e-learning and discussions) and professional application (placements, practical days in the University and role play) is offered on a full-time and part-time basis. Throughout the year there is engagement with theoretical aspects of careers work and also ongoing development of practical skills including individual guidance, coaching and counselling and also working with groups. The purpose built counselling suite is available for all students.

Assessment

All modules are assessed through written work and there are also practical assessments (interviews, group work, presentations) to be completed.

In order to achieve the full MA a dissertation of 18,000 words is required for which students are allocated individual

What can I do next?

Successful completion of this course provides you with the skills and knowledge to enter or continue within all sectors of the careers profession.

If you are interested in further pursuing your academic potential you will be able to apply for a place on the doctoral programme (MPhil/PhD) at Canterbury Christ Church University.

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow this link: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/how-to-apply/how-to-apply.aspx

Funding

-Masters Loans-

From 2016/17 government loans of up to £10,000 are available for postgraduate Masters study. The loans will be paid directly to students by the Student Loans Company and will be subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

For more information available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/funding-your-postgraduate-degree.aspx

-2017/18 Entry Financial Support-

Information on alternative funding sources is available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/2017-18-entry-financial-support.aspx

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- NTU has successfully been teaching career guidance courses since 1973, and has established a strong national reputation in this field. Read more

Why choose the MA / PG Cert Career Development?

- NTU has successfully been teaching career guidance courses since 1973, and has established a strong national reputation in this field. You’ll benefit from a broad spectrum of contemporary thinking and debate on careers education, information, advice, guidance and coaching, and you’ll develop the skills to make a positive impact on the sector and the profession.
- The curriculum offers flexibility – you have the choice of studying full-time or by blended learning, and there are module options to help you develop specialisms.
- This course is ideal if you’re looking to find employment in the sector, or are already employed in a career development or related role and seek Continuing Professional Development opportunities (CPD).
- The CDI has commended the course’s excellent teaching team and blended learning innovations, recognising them with the 2015 CDI Career Development Award for Best Practice in the Use of Technology in Career Development.

Modules

Core modules (for both the PG Cert and MA) may include:
- Ethical Stances and Professional Practices
- Frameworks for Professional Practice

Additional MA Career Guidance modules may include:
- Optional module: Qualification in Career Development Professional Standards (QCD) - Career Development Institute (CDI) accredited
- Optional module: Labour Market Information (LMI)
- Core module: Research Methods and Dissertation / Service Evaluation
For more information on the modules you may study on this course please visit our website.

Delivery and assessment

A blended learning approach is taken towards the delivery of both the PG Cert and the MA, comprising of online teaching and learning activities and face-to-face workshop days.
- For the PG Cert, face-to-face input will take place at workshop days (six in total).
- For the MA, there is initially a greater proportion of face-to-face input supported by online teaching and learning activities.
For both qualifications, you’ll engage in a range of teaching and learning methods. These will include lectures, online activities, case study investigations, simulation exercises or role plays, interactive or group learning, and real-life practice and application of skills through University links and school partners.
Assessment methods are varied and accommodate a variety of learning styles and preferences. These include written assignments such as case studies or enquiry-based reports, and reflective and skills-based assessments including one-to-one guidance sessions and group work.

Your future career

The course aims to equip you with attributes that are highly sought after by employers within the career development and employability sector. On completion, you should be able to reflect upon practice and performance, and to identify continuing professional development (CPD) and personal development needs, allowing you to adapt and respond to the contextual needs of clients, employers, and the sector.

Scholarships

The School of Social Sciences offers a number of competitive scholarships for our full-time and part-time Masters courses. for more information please visit http://www.ntu.ac.uk/s3scholarships
Want to find out more? Come along to one of our postgraduate Open Evenings. For further details please visit: http://www.ntu.ac.uk/s3events

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With the increasing demand for high quality career coaching services, and consequently career coaching courses in the UK, UEL is launching a new course, the Postgraduate Diploma in Career Coaching. Read more
With the increasing demand for high quality career coaching services, and consequently career coaching courses in the UK, UEL is launching a new course, the Postgraduate Diploma in Career Coaching. This career coaching course, the only one of its kind in the UK, will offer students the chance to develop practical skills supported by a strong theoretical basis that will equip them with the skills to provide an effective and credible career coaching service to clients.

The course has been developed with the employability of graduates at the forefront following the government’s announcement of an all-age guidance service to be implemented in April 2012.This course will give students the skills to competitively seek employment in their desired industry.

The Career Coaching course is offered with flexible study options, much of the teaching will be accessible online, with the distance learning elements supplemented by intensive “skills schools” aiming to give students first class practical skills and a strong network of peers. Teaching will be delivered by renowned academics from both coaching and career disciplines, and supported by practitioners with recent experience of career coaching themselves.

The course will allow students to develop:
Practical skills in career coaching interviews; a theoretical understanding of the prevalent coaching and career theories such as motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioural therapy; a great network of colleagues from all backgrounds; and a comprehensive career-specific resource pack.

For further details of the Career Coaching Diploma and how to apply please contact Julia Yates (email: ).

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Our Master of Guidance and Counselling program is designed for teachers who are interested in qualifying as school guidance counsellors and others with experience in the human resource sector who wish to work in non-school areas. Read more

A world of opportunities

Our Master of Guidance and Counselling program is designed for teachers who are interested in qualifying as school guidance counsellors and others with experience in the human resource sector who wish to work in non-school areas.
This course is accredited by the Australian Counselling Association and the Singapore Association for Counselling, giving graduates the ability to pursue careers in both countries as well as internationally.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Master of Guidance and Counselling, graduates will be able to:
*Demonstrate advanced and integrated understanding of theoretical and professional knowledge, research methods, ethical reasoning principles and recent developments in guidance and counselling, with depth in the Professional Standards of the Australian Counselling Association and their Code of Ethics and Practice, and / or the Singapore Association for Counselling and their Code of Ethics
*Reflect on deep and critical approaches to learning in issues relating to the tropics, sustainability, and Indigenous, regional and rural wellbeing, and their application in the guidance and counselling field, including career development
*Critically review, analyse and synthesise theoretical propositions, professional practice and research principles and methodologies in guidance and counselling, including intercultural and career development applications
*Interpret, evaluate, generate and justify complex ideas, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist stakeholders, using advanced speaking, reading, writing, listening, numeracy and advocacy skills
*Identify, theorise and design solutions for complex issues in a range of professional guidance and counselling practice contexts including career development, exercising expert judgement, adaptability and collaboration
*Design, plan and ethically execute a substantial research-based project with creativity and initiative and a high level of autonomy and accountability.

Award title

MASTER OF GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING (MGuidCouns)

Entry requirements (Additional)

English band level 2 - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 6.5 (no component lower than 6.0), OR
*TOEFL – 570 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 4.5), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 90 (minimum writing score of 21), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 64

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Why JCU?

James Cook University offers professional development opportunities, student flexibility through course design and structure, as well as a successful history in securing funding for major research programs.

Application deadlines

*1st February for commencement in semester one (February)
*1st July for commencement in semester two (mid-year/July)

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This is a one-year part time taught postgraduate diploma which is designed to prepare teachers and other education professionals to provide and manage a school guidance counselling service. Read more

Overview

This is a one-year part time taught postgraduate diploma which is designed to prepare teachers and other education professionals to provide and manage a school guidance counselling service. The programme is recognized by the Irish Department of Education and Science, the National Centre for Guidance in Education and the Institute of Guidance Counsellors as a professional, international qualification in Guidance Counselling.

Participants attend Maynooth University one day per week (Friday 9am-4.30pm) and school placement one day per week (Monday). The programme begins with a week’s Summer School (August 26-30 inclusive) during which course participants are introduced to all six modules of the curriculum. Intensive training in Psychometric Testing is scheduled for October mid-term break (Dates to be confirmed).

Dates for the Summer School are to be confirmed.

Programme participants are responsible for arranging the school placement component of the course where they work in close co-operation with the School Guidance Counsellor. Normally, the school placement is within 65 kilometres of the university.

Course Structure

Participants attend Maynooth University one day per week and school placement one day per week. The programme begins with a week’s Summer School during which course participants are introduced to all six modules of the curriculum. Intensive training in Psychometric Testing is scheduled for October mid-term break.

Career Options

Successful completion of Postgraduate Diploma in School Guidance Counselling will qualify participants to provide and manage a School Guidance Counselling Service.
The programme is recognized by the Irish Department of Education and Skills, the National Centre for Guidance in Education and the Institute of Guidance Counsellors as a professional, international qualification in Guidance Counselling.

How To Apply

Online application only http://www.pac.ie/maynoothuniversity

PAC Code
MH93G

The following information should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide a copy of birth certificate or a valid passport. Maynooth University graduates who gained qualifications at another institutions should submit certified copies of those qualifications. Applicants are only required to submit 2 references.

Interviews will be held with prospective candidates.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications will be evaluated as they are received and offers will be made to suitable candidates until all places are filled. EARLY APPLICATION IS ADVISABLE

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/fees-funding-scholarships

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The PG Certificate develops a foundation of knowledge and skills for all staff involved in higher education careers and employability work. Read more
The PG Certificate develops a foundation of knowledge and skills for all staff involved in higher education careers and employability work. The course is designed if you are new to the work and/or if you wish to enrol on a shorter course than the PG Diploma and MA. It is approved by the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) and designed and taught in partnership with this professional body. It is also approved by the Career Development Institute (CDI) as meeting the qualification requirement for the UK Register of Career Development Professionals.

Teaching Methods

The PG Certificate consists of four modules: two core 20 credit modules and two 10 credit optional modules. All modules are taught via a blend of contact time and distance learning. The blend varies according to each module (see table). The course involves engaging in significant amounts of both independent study and group teaching. Its flexible nature means that you can plot an individual track through the course and use the virtual and physical learning environments to make contact with others. Everyone will start with the core modules: Career Development Theories and the next available Challenges of Careers Work in Higher Education module. These modules run twice a year (see dates and further details in the AGCAS events calendar).

Support

There is significant individual support available through the extended course team consisting of Phil McCash (Warwick), Gill Frigerio (Warwick), Sharon West (Warwick), Linda Byrne (AGCAS), Jan Cornish (AGCAS) and highly experienced AGCAS Trainers and Mentors.

Overseas applicants

Part-time international and EU applicants are welcomed. We have received successful applications from a range of countries including the UK, Ireland, Norway, France, Germany, Romania, Slovenia, USA, China and Australia.

HECSU Bursary

The Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU) provides the HECSU Training Bursary Scheme to support participants on this joint AGCAS & University of Warwick course.

Progression

Former students now occupy a range of roles in higher education careers work including management, education and career coaching. Many students progress from the PG Certificate CEIGHE to the PG Diploma or MA CEIGHE.

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The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Adult Guidance Counselling) is designed to serve as a training course for people working with adults in a guidance/counselling setting, providing information, advice and placement services. Read more

Overview

The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Adult Guidance Counselling) is designed to serve as a training course for people working with adults in a guidance/counselling setting, providing information, advice and placement services. The course aims to work towards the development of an understanding of core concepts and ideas concerning sociology, marginalisation, exclusion and adult career development.

This course is also offered at Diploma Level for candidates who have appropriate experience and who do not have an initial degree. Please go to http://www.pac.ie/maynoothuniversity and click on Code MHA57 to make application. When applying for MHA57 through http://www.pac.ie please ensure that you select the undergraduate button before making application for this course. For further details please go to: https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/adult-and-community-education

Minimum English language requirements:
- IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
- TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
- TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
- PTE (Pearson): 62

Course Structure

The Postgraduate Diploma extends over two academic years and is delivered Part-time in an open learning format, incorporating e-learning materials and workshops. (Computer access is vital). Participants will be expected to be in a position to attend on average one workshop per month. Modules include adult guidance and counselling skills, case review and professional development, integrating theory and practice, and research methodologies.

Career Options

Since its inception in 1997, this two-year course has played a key role in the professionalisation of adult guidance in Ireland. Graduates from this programme are eligible for membership of the Institute Guidance Counsellors.

How To Apply

Online application only http://www.pac.ie/maynoothuniversity

PAC Code
MHA55 PGrad Dip Arts (Adult Guidance Counselling)
MHA57 Dip Arts (Adult Guidance Counselling) is offered at undergraduate level to people who have significant experience working in the field of adult guidance and must be seeing clients on a regular basis - for further details please email or call Breda Gibney at 01- 7083752

For both courses please ensure you complete the supplementary questionnaire on PAC.

The following information should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/fees-funding-scholarships

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The MEd School Guidance Counselling degree is designed to advance the professional development of school Guidance Counsellors and builds on the Postgraduate Diploma in School Guidance Counselling (PGDSGC). Read more

Overview

The MEd School Guidance Counselling degree is designed to advance the professional development of school Guidance Counsellors and builds on the Postgraduate Diploma in School Guidance Counselling (PGDSGC). This one year programme involves participation in regular research-support seminars and consultation with supervisors towards the completion of a thesis.

Course Structure

The MEd School Guidance Counselling is assessed through a research dissertation only, with training in research methodologies.

Career Options

This MEd SGC builds on the PGDSGC (Post Graduate Diploma in School Guidance Counselling) and aims to advance school-based Guidance Counsellors’ professional development. The programme is recognised by the Department of Education and Skills and the National Centre for Guidance in Education as a professional, international qualification in Guidance Counselling.

How To Apply

Online application only http://www.pac.ie/maynoothuniversity

PAC Code
MH53G

The following information should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. All applicants are asked to provide two academic references. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide a copy of birth certificate or a valid passport.

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/fees-funding-scholarships

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