Career Guidance and Development

Course contact

Dr Marjorie McCrory
0800 027 1000 (44 141 849 4101 outwith UK)


Start date(s)

  • January and September

Tuition Fees

Additional costs
Please note that for some programmes of study there may be additional costs involved which are not included in the tuition fee advertised. These could be, for example, for study materials, fields trips or equipment. Programme leaders will be able to provide detail of any additional costs.
With placement opportunities available† this programme, which achieved 100% overall satisfaction in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2015, qualifies you to work as a career guidance practitioner.
The normal entrance requirement for the Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma is a degree or similar qualification.

Applications from candidates who do not possess the qualifications above may also be considered. Such applicants may have completed a workplace qualification such as an S/NVQ in Advice and Guidance, and in all cases should be able to demonstrate appropriate knowledge, skills, experience and maturity, and satisfy the University that they have the potential to reach the academic standards required of a programme at postgraduate level by holding at least an HNC in Social Sciences, Career Guidance or an equivalent qualification.

We welcome applications from a variety of backgrounds, including groups which have been underrepresented in the career guidance profession.

Applicants for the online learning Certificate and Diploma are expected to be employed for the whole duration of their programme in a career or educational guidance context, or in an organisation whose main function is to give educational or careers guidance to adults.

Overseas students must also meet UWS English language requirements.
Career guidance practitioners provide accurate and relevant advice on employment, education and training opportunities to an ever-widening client group. This programme focuses on professional practice, personal reflection and critical analysis of practice.

The Masters allows guidance practitioners to undertake research and work evaluation as part of their ongoing professional development.

Certificate and Diploma

The Certificate consists of three modules and the Diploma six. The core module is Reflective Guidance Practice. Additional modules include Models of Professional Practice; Career Coaching and Development; Career Related Policy; Career Development Theory; Reflective Guidance Practice; and Labour Market Studies.


You can take up to two years of further part-time study towards a Masters award either by completing a dissertation, or by completing a literature review and associated article.

Part-time and online learning

Those already working in the sector can study part-time or online. You must have access to clients to undertake practical assessments, and to a mentor. If seeking professional accreditation beyond the Postgraduate Diploma award, you will undertake a two-week placement in another guidance organisation in Year 2.
Graduates have a successful record of gaining employment as career guidance practitioners in the public, private and voluntary sectors within the UK. Postgraduate Diploma students learning on-campus are provided with placements and practical opportunities for practice, with opportunities to experience how career guidance practitioners operate in organisations and as training providers. The Postgraduate Diploma can include completion of the Qualification in Career Guidance and Development (QCGD) which is professionally accredited by the Career Development Institute UK (CDIUK).

Useful Information

  • In session 2015/16 the Postgraduate Diploma element of this programme carried SAAS postgraduate loan funding for eligible students. Check for 2016/17 loan info.