PgDip Career Guidance and Development

Postgraduate, Full-time

Career Guidance and Development PgDip

On this professionally accredited programme, you will explore the latest counselling techniques, and undertake work placements


On this professionally accredited programme, you will explore the latest counselling techniques, and undertake work placements. 

This Postgraduate Diploma has an excellent record of supporting students into relevant employment.

As a careers guidance professional, you will be working with young people, adults, parents, teachers, employers and training providers.

This course equips you with the knowledge to support clients who are 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.

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Mode of Study:



1 year



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Course details

With an excellent employment rate for graduates, our postgraduate diploma combines academic study with practical professional training, including six weeks of work placement. Teaching staff on the programme are qualified and experienced career advisers and bring additional specialist expertise to the course.

You will acquire effective interpersonal communication skills for one-to-one career guidance, working with groups and via online media. You will 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.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    You will learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, visits to employers, and independent study. 

    Career counselling skills are developed via individual coaching with an experienced careers adviser.

  • note and pen Assessments
    • No exams
    • Essays
    • Professional reports
    • Case studies
    • Group project
    • Observation
  • briefcase Work placement

    Six weeks of work placement

  • library Facilities Based at our Sighthill Campus, students on the programme have access to a suite of interview training rooms equipped with CCTV facilities. 



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.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Please note the application deadline for this programme is 31 July 2018. 

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.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2018/19 2019/20
Home/EU £5,320 tba
Overseas £11,358 tba

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 £365.00, 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).  


  • Career Adviser
  • Guidance Practitioner

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Student in a one-to-one  session with a Learning Adviser