One year full-time or two years, 3 months part-time (blended learning or attendance at the Medway campus)
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This programme of academic study and professional training will enable you 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 and you can choose between attending teaching in person or engaging through blended learning.
The University and the Career Development Institute validate the Qualification in Career Guidance (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.
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*
- Exploring Theories of Career Management
- Designing Career Learning and Development
- Promoting Equality and Diversity
- Engaging with Labour Markets
*Students who aren’t registering for the QCG will study ‘Exploring Practice through Critical Reflection’ in place of this module.
All modules are compulsory and to achieve the full MA, you will also complete the Evaluation and Research Methods Teaching and write a Dissertation.
You will be assessed through written work (e.g. essays, case studies, reports) and practical work (e.g. interviews, group work, presentations).
This programme is assessed at HE level 7 (the level of the final year of a degree programme). Students who don’t already hold a first degree or a level 6 qualification (e.g. a Bachelor’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
- 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 (Disclosure and Barring Service) and have an occupational health check.
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 (CCAg04)
30 Pembroke Court
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.