PgDip Career Guidance and Development

Postgraduate, Full-Time

Put into practice the latest counselling techniques with work placement opportunities on this practical professionally accredited course with excellent employment rates.

  • Napier code:

    76703MD

  • Course type:

    Full-Time

  • Duration:

    1 year

  • Award:

    PgDip

  • Location:

    Sighthill campus

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Course introduction

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.


Atrium at Sighthill campus

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.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

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.


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.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/Masters in Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/Masters in Midwifery

Admissions policies

We are committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.


Tuition fees
Students from 2016/17 2017/18
Home/EU £3,400 £3,400
Overseas £11,358 £11,358

Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

In addition to University fees there are two other mandatory charges for this programme.  Student membership and registration for the professional body qualification amounts to £360.00, which is payable to the Career Development Institute (CDI).  All applicants must undergo a criminal record check via the Disclosure Scotland ‘Protecting Vulnerable Groups’ (PVG):  The fee for this is £59.00 (reduced to £18.00 if you are already in the PVG scheme).