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Career Guidance & Development PGDip and PGDip with QCD

Career Guidance & Development PGDip and PGDip with QCD

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Full time | Paisley Campus | 8 months | 04-SEP-23

Study mode

Full time


8 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Careers Advice Work

Course type


Course Summary


Our MSc Career Guidance and Development is professionally recognised by the Career Development Institute (CDI). The postgraduate diploma enables you to develop the knowledge and practical skills through academic study and work related learning opportunities to become a career development practitioner. The masters dissertation “top up” enables you to undertake a piece of research focused on a particular area of interest in the sector.

The course will support you to develop professional practice competence in working with individuals and groups and to undertake critical analysis of professional practice, while deepening your knowledge of the career development sector and developing your research skills. As a trainee practitioner you will learn how to provide accurate and relevant advice on employment, education and training opportunities to an ever-widening client group.

Professional recognition

The Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) in Career Guidance and Development incorporates the internationally recognised Qualification in Career Development (QCD) accredited by the UK-wide professional body, the Career Development Institute (CDI).

The UWS MSc is considered to be a 'flagship course' by the CDI. It is currently the largest programme of its kind in the UK.


Ethical & Inclusive Practice (20 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Applicants to the full-time PGDip/QCD should normally hold an honours degree in any subject. Applicants to the part-time, online PG Dip/QCD may hold a relevant bachelor’s degree or equivalent (e.g., a Level 9 Technical Apprenticeship) and significant, relevant work experience. Applicants who wish to complete the PG Cert or PG Diploma online must normally be employed for the duration of their programme in a guidance related role where they have access to clients and to a QCD accredited professional willing to act as their workplace supervisor. Applicants who wish to complete the PG Cert online must normally be employed in a guidance-related role. Applicants will have to provide an appropriate reference confirming their suitability for work with individuals and groups in helping and teaching contexts.