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Career Management

About the Course


1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Blended learning

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Why Career Management?

This programme of academic study and professional training will enable participants to gain entry to the career guidance profession and work in a range of settings (e.g. careers service companies, youth guidance services, further education, higher education, adult guidance, the voluntary sector). The programme can either be taken over one year of full-time study or two years part-time. Learners can choose between attending teaching in person or engaging through blended learning.

The University and the Career Development Institute validate the QCG. The Qualification carries 120 HE Level 7 credits. The QCG is widely recognised in the UK and overseas as the professional qualification for working in this sector and provides sound basis for entry into all aspects of Careers work. The full MA provides both the professional and academic qualifications for a successful career in this sector.

What will I study?

A blend of academic study (lectures, seminars, e-learning and discussions) and professional application (placements, practical days in the University and role play) is offered on a full-time and part-time basis. The QCG programme meets all the learning outcomes laid down by the Career Development Institute and includes:

  • Developing Career Management Skills and Processes
  • Transforming Practice through Critical Reflection (or ‘Exploring Practice through Critical Reflection’ for those not registering for the QCG)
  • Exploring Theories of Career Management
  • Designing Career Learning and Development
  • Promoting Equality and Diversity
  • Engaging with Labour Markets

All modules are compulsory. The full MA students complete the Evaluation and Research Methods teaching and write a Dissertation.

What can I do next?

Successful completion of this programme provides you will the skills and knowledge to enter or continue further within all sectors of the careers profession.

Those who would like to continue to pursue their academic potential will be able to apply for a place on the doctoral programme (MPhil/PhD) at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Entry Requirements

The programme is assessed at HE level 7 (the level of the final year of a degree programme). Students who do not already hold a first degree or a level 6 qualification (e.g. A Batchelor’s Degree), will be asked to provide evidence of their capability to study at this level. This will involve completing a piece of written work as part of the selection process.

Applicants meeting the entry requirements will be interviewed and the University is looking for applicants who can meet the following selection criteria:

  • good oral and written communication skills
  • the ability to analyse and evaluate
  • adaptability
  • organisational skills

Applicants will also need to be able to demonstrate their commitment to the programme, that they can take responsibility for their own learning, that they are non-judgmental and are able to show openness to new ideas. In addition, before registration students are asked to obtain an enhanced disclosure certificate from the DBS and an occupational health declaration.

Typical entry requirements

Students are asked to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure Certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and an Occupational Health declaration and verification.

How will I be assessed?

Students will be assessed using written work (essays, case studies, reports) and practical work (interviews, group work, presentations).

How to Apply

Applicants for this programme will be contacted regarding an interview. The interview day includes a briefing session and an opportunity to raise questions.

An application form is available from:
Centre for Career & Personal Development
Cathedral Court
30 Pembroke Court
Chatham Maritime
Kent ME4 4UF

Alternatively you can download an application form here.

Telephone: 03330 117082

For more information you could also contact the programme director Anne Chant.

More Information
Centre for Career and Personal Development Website