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If you are interested in becoming a fully qualified practitioner in the Careers sector, able to work with any age group or in any context, this post graduate diploma provides you with the skills and knowledge to do so to the highest level. Taught by experienced and fully qualified tutors you will receive high quality teaching and training in this important sector.

At Canterbury Christ Church University we have developed an innovative post graduate course which embodies the principles and values we are known for by our students, alumni and partners. Amongst the specialist routes is the QCD (Qualification in Career Development) which forms the PG Diploma. Students then have the opportunity to complete the full MA Education (Careers) in the following year alongside students from other disciplines, if they so wish.

Entry requirements

A Batchelor’s degree is preferred but if you work in the field of careers and have experience of practice we would be happy to consider your application without a first degree. You will be asked to complete a small written task before an interview.

All about the course

This course is designed for those already working within a careers setting or those interested in a career change and becoming a qualified practitioner in this exciting, dynamic and important sector. It incorporates the professional qualification (the QCD) into the structure of the Post Graduate Diploma so that you can achieve both an academic and professional qualification.

Our aim is to develop your skills, knowledge and competences to a level where you will be able to be a leader and developer in the sector if you so wish. To that end you will have the opportunity to add a dissertation to your PG Diploma and attain a full MA degree.

Over the years a number of our graduates have gone further to study at doctoral level with a Doctorate in Education (EdD) or a PhD and are now leading members of the profession.

Module information

In order to achieve the learning outcomes required by the QCD you must complete all core modules and the Policy and Delivery of Career Services Module. As a centre approved by the CDI you can then submit your professional report to the CDI moderator to be awarded the QCD.

Core/optional modules

*Modules subject to validation

How you’ll learn

Our teaching and learning methods are a blend of face to face teaching on campus and use of our virtual learning environment. Online discussion groups, webinars, online reading and tutorials support our highly developed virtual classrooms. Larger lectures are followed up with smaller seminars where theory can be reflected in sector specific practice.

All our tutors are experienced academics and lecturers and experts in their field. Tutors teaching career sector specific modules and practical work are fully qualified and experienced careers practitioner. Many of our lecturers are both research active and well respected authors in their field.

Practical skills of counselling, coaching and guidance for individuals and groups of clients are taught at our Medway campus training suite. We work in pairs or groups of three to support the development of these skills and use critical friendships, tutorial support and feedback to embed them into practice using a range of tools and techniques.

Our aim will be for students to attend learning in person on campus for the equivalent of one day per week for the majority of the course. Additional professional skills workshops and assessment days will be scheduled across the year and will be notified in advance. In addition students should expect to engage with online learning and private study for two further days per week if studying full time and one further day part time. In addition, students must complete their 30 days of field work across the whole period on the course.

How you’ll be assessed

Modules are assessed in a range of ways including written work, presentations and posters, reflective accounts, professional reports, research projects and practical demonstrations. Details of the component/s of the assessment of each module can be found in the module outlines.

There are no formal exams; we are interested in what you can do, your understanding and critical engagement with and analysis of ideas rather than your memory of facts.

Your future career

The range of destinations of our graduates extends each year. Many work in schools and colleges as Career Leaders and qualified Careers Advisers. Others secure positions in universities and community based organisations. Increasingly over recent years our graduates have started their own career counselling and development businesses, contracting with educational and corporate organisations to deliver and develop services.

Before starting this course I was stuck in a rut professionally. Doing this course really helped me gain my confidence as a careers adviser and I have completely changed and developed my practice.

KirstyCareer Development alumni


2021/22 tuition fees for this course

  UK Overseas
Full-time £5,920 £9,080
Part-time £2,960 £4,540

20% Alumni Discount

We offer alumni discounts on CCCU Postgraduate Taught, PGCE Primary and Secondary, and Masters by Research courses for eligible students.

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Important Information on Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. For further information read the 2021/22 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

Surprising Terms

Students will be required to complete a minimum of 30 days of field work in order to practice their skills, gain a broader understanding of the sector and reflect on theoretical frameworks in practice. It is the responsibility of the student to complete these days but time in the programme and support is provided.

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