Postgraduate Diploma in Career Guidance / Qualification in Career Guidance

Nottingham Trent University School of Social Sciences

Program Description

Postgraduate Diploma in Career Guidance / Qualification in Career Guidance

Nottingham Trent University School of Social Sciences

Career Guidance

The PG Dip Career Guidance / Qualification in Careers Guidance is offered as a full-time (two days per week), part-time (one day a week) and blended learning (a combination of face-to-face study days and online learning) dual-award course that provides professional training and a qualification for work as a career guidance practitioner. You can also study individual modules via blended learning if you do not want to complete the full award.

The complete Diploma is accredited by and meets the learning outcomes laid down by the professional body, the Career Development Institute (CDI), who have also commended the Careers Guidance course for its professional links and excellent teaching team.

The course combines academic study with skill based experience. You will undertake work-based learning to help prepare and support you for practice. These practical learning opportunities, along with our strong links within the profession, contribute to our outstanding employment record in guidance and advice related careers.

"The blended learning course has been perfect for me and has allowed me to continue working full-time. The course is designed with specific tasks to undertake each week so that you can plan and manage your workload. I've been impressed by the vast array of online books and journals which NTU students are able to access - I haven't had to step foot in a library! The three on-campus workshop days were really useful to get to know the tutors and the other students on the course, but otherwise the course is truly distance learning and there is some great technology in place to support this mode of study e.g. Padlet and Dropbox."

Rebecca Wills, studying the blended learning route.

The course

The course has been designed to give you the opportunity to gain the skills and theoretical knowledge required of a guidance practitioner, including career guidance interviewing and group work skills. The learning is underpinned by a comprehensive understanding of associated pedagogy of career learning and development theory and allied theoretical perspectives. You will learn about policy, practice and theories underpinning career guidance, equality and diversity, curriculum design and career learning, partnership work including advocacy, labour market information and research based practice. On completion of the Diploma you will gain a qualification accredited by the Career Development Institute.

Core modules may include:

  • One-to-One Guidance Interactions and Allied Theoretical Perspectives (One)
  • Ethics, Values and Reflective Practice in a Guidance Context
  • Labour Market Information
  • One-to-one Career Guidance Interactions and Allied Theoretical Perspectives (Two)
  • Working in Partnership and Evidence Based Practice
  • Career Related Learning.


This professional course has a strong national reputation and an outstanding record of employment in advice and guidance-related areas.

You may wish to pursue a career as a:

  • University career and employability consultants/advisers
  • College and school based careers advisers
  • School IAG and careers advisers/coordinators
  • Careers advisers contracted by local authority and private services
  • Adult services careers advisers
  • Prison careers advisers
  • Self-employed careers consultants
  • University international/European partnership coordinators
  • Advisers with charitable and community organisations.

Entry requirements

  • You will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree or other equivalent higher education qualification e.g. HND / DipHE.
  • Applicants without such qualifications will be considered but will be required to evidence relevant work experience in a related field, and demonstrate their motivation and ability to study at postgraduate level.
  • Interviews form part of the selection process.
  • All applicants will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly known as Criminal Records Bureau disclosure).
  • Students applying for the blended learning route or individual modules will be required to demonstrate in their personal statement that they have access to a workplace within which they can apply their learning.
  • English language entry requirements for courses at the School of Social Sciences and a full list of all English language qualifications accepted by the University are available on our website.


  • Full-time £4,020 Home / EU Students, £9,580 International Students
  • Part-time £2,010 (per year) Home / EU Students, £4,790 (per year)International Students
  • Blended-learning (full award) £4,020 Home / EU Students, £9,580 International Students
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 27, 2015
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2016
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time
4,020 GBP
Start date Aug. 2016
United Kingdom Nottingham, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 1 - 2 years
Price 4,020 GBP
Full-time, Home / EU Students. £9,580 International Students.