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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. careers service companies, youth guidance services, further education, higher education, adult guidance, the voluntary sector).

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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.


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.


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


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.


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.

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Fees and Funding

See our postgraduate fees and funding page to discover the loans, scholarships and bursaries available.


Visit the MA Career Management page on the Canterbury Christ Church University website for more details!




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