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Career Guidance and Development (PGDip)

Course Description

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.

See the website http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/PgDip-Career-Guidance-and-Development-Postgraduate-FullTime

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.

Subjects include:
- 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.


If not already employed in a career guidance related role before starting the course, most graduates find work as a career adviser or guidance practitioner.

Key employers include Skills Development Scotland, university careers services and community agencies promoting employability for disadvantaged groups.

Some students go on to work in the private sector or become self-employed.

Visit the Career Guidance and Development (PGDip) page on the Edinburgh Napier University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The entry requirement for this course is a UK Honours degree at 2:2 or above. We look for applicants to have a background in any discipline in order to be eligible for the programme. We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry. All applicants are interviewed for this programme and all successful applicants must complete a Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme or police check.

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