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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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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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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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