One year full-time or two years part-time
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 fulltime study or two years part-time.
The University and the Institute of Career Guidance validate the QCG. The Qualification carries 120 HE Level 3 credits. Individuals successfully completing the QCG are currently expected to take this work forward onto a small cluster of NVQ level 4 units if they wish to work in the statutory sector. The QCG therefore provides the first phase of professional training, to be followed by experience in the workplace and where appropriate, the completion of training ’in work’. The QCG provides a firm grounding for progression to Stage 2 of training for people who wish to develop a range of professional skills and become effective career guidance practitioners.
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 Institute of Career Guidance and includes:
- Career Education, Training and Work
- Career Guidance Practice
- Career Guidance Theory
- Equity and Social Justice
- Partnership Working
- Reflective Professional Development
All modules are compulsory.
Students will be assessed using written work (e.g. essays, case studies, reports) and practical work (e.g. interviews, group work, presentations).
Fees and Bursaries
The fees for 2011- 12 are £3,340 for both the Full Time (one year) and Part Time (two years). Following successful completion of the Diploma in Career Guidance (QCG), progression to the MA would cost an additional £1,995..
Students must also register with the Institute of Career Guidance (ICG) and take out student membership, a total fee of £315 (this may increase slightly).
The Part Time fee is paid in two annual installments of £1,620 in both the first and second years, however the fees for the second year are subject to an increase due to inflation.
In addition before registration, students are asked to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure Certificate from the Criminal Records Bureau. Currently the cost is £41 including a £5 handling charge. Full details of this requirement are discussed at interview.
For up to date information on tuition fees please click here.
The programme is assessed at HE level 3 (the level of the final year of a degree programme). Students who do not already hold a first degree or a level 2 qualification (e.g. Diploma of Higher Education or a Higher National Diploma), 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
- 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 Criminal Records Bureau.
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:
The Centre for Career and Personal Development
Canterbury Christ Church University
David Salomons Estate
Alternatively you can download an application form here.
Telephone: 01892 507500
For more information you could also contact the programme director
Dr. Barbara Bassot.