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Career Guidance (QCG) MA/ PGDip

Career Guidance (QCG) MA/ PGDip

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Careers Advice Work

Course type


Course Summary

This course is fully accredited by the Career Development Institute (CDI), on successful completion you will additionally be awarded the Qualification in Career Guidance (QCG), still recognised as the sector standard, which will allow you to work in a variety of career guidance provider contexts. Career guidance remains at the heart of UK governments’ policies regarding education, employment and training, more important than ever in our rapidly-changing economy and labour market. Underpinned by an ethos promoting ethical and client-centred professional practice, this course aims to equip you with relevant and high quality career guidance practitioner skills, such as interviewing and developing career learning programmes, as well as designing and using labour market information to provide effective insight and advice.

Working in public, private, voluntary and community settings, career guidance practitioners assist a range of adults and young people to make decisions about their education, training, future jobs and careers. The theory and practice of career guidance in a contemporary context is central to our curriculum: its purpose, aims, benefits to society and people, and its varied delivery methods. We will consider the importance of equality, diversity and social justice to the delivery of career guidance, using case studies drawn from a wide variety of organisational contexts to reflect ‘real life’ challenges. For example, the challenges faced by university careers services in developing employability provision, which relies heavily on input from industry amid a rapidly changing external environment.

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Full time | Coventry University | 1 year | SEP-19

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Full time


1 year

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This module explores the psychological and sociological basis of the theories related to career choice, learning and development, change management and motivation. You will examine the ways in which career patterns develop in contemporary political, economic, social and technological contexts; and the relevance of change management and motivation theories to career choice and development. This is a semester one module.

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants should hold the equivalent of a 2:2 undergraduate degree in any subject. Applicants must show a strong interest in career guidance and be motivated to pursue a career in it. We welcome applications from individuals who have good interpersonal and communication skills, able to engage in continuous professional development and have experience of informing, advising or guiding people more generally e.g. through voluntary work.

University information

Coventry University is famed for its top-class student support facilities, including the Jaguar Centre, which was designed specifically to support postgraduate students. Postgraduate courses are offered in an array of subjects like Creative Writing, Social Work, Financial Management, Aerospace Engineering and Psychology. You can gain a postgraduate qualification through teaching, online learning or research. Options include: Certificate...more