Social Work

Certificate, Level 6 Understanding Careers Education and Guidance

Year of entry

Following the Education Act 2011, schools have the responsibility to provide their students with impartial and independent career guidance. In response to this, schools may have needed to appoint new staff, or change the responsibilities of their current staff to take on a careers role; these staff do not always have a background in careers work.

This course is designed for people who are new to a careers role and who feel they need to learn the foundations of what makes effective careers work in schools. It will enable you to gain a clear understanding of providing careers education and guidance, and give you an opportunity to explore the careers education and guidance provision in your own organisation.

The certificate includes the study of relevant terminology (e.g. information, advice, guidance, careers education), the place of careers education in the curriculum, the benefits of impartial career guidance, an introduction to how young people make their career decisions and the process and skills of the career guidance interview.

Following successful study, you could progress to Level 7 study e.g. MA Career Management.


2019/20 tuition fees for this course

Full-time  N/A N/A
Part-time  £850  N/A

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information


Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

The course is assessed through two pieces of written work; a report analysing the provision of careers education and guidance (CEG) within an organisation e.g. a school and a case study of a young person in transition.

Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 4 months part-time, blended learning with tutorial support

Entry requirements

  • As this is a Level 6 course, you will need to show evidence of having the potential to study at this level and will normally require a Level 5 qualification or equivalent. Those without this but with significant relevant experience will be offered the opportunity to do a piece of pre course writing to demonstrate their academic suitability for this course.


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