Career Development and Management PGDip, MA 2021/22 entry

Course code:

HLST202

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:

£10,400 (MSc) | £6,933 (PgDip)

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Faculty:

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Course code:

HLST202

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:

£16,600 (MSc) | TBC (PgDip)

Find out more

Faculty:

Get in touch

Recruitment and Admissions Office

+44(0)24 7765 4321
Request information

Course code:

HLST202

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:

£16,600 (MSc) | TBC (PgDip)

Find out more

Faculty:

Get in touch

Recruitment and Admissions Office

+44(0)24 7765 4321
Request information

Overview

Career guidance remains at the heart of UK government policies regarding education, employment and training, which are more important than ever in our rapidly-changing economy and labour market.

Underpinned by an ethos promoting ethical and client-centred professional practice, this course aims to equip you with relevant, high quality career guidance practitioner skills such as interviewing and developing career learning programmes, as well as designing and using labour market information to provide effective insight and advice.

Taught through blended learning (online and face-to-face teaching) and fully accredited by the Career Development Institute (CDI), on successful completion you will additionally be eligible for the Qualification in Career Development (QCD) (please note that this is subject to membership, application and additional costs will apply) which can allow you to work in a variety of career guidance provider contexts. The CDI is the UK-wide professional body for everyone working in the fields of career education, career coaching, career consultancy, career management and career information, advice and guidance.

As part of this course you will undertake a professional development module in Entrepreneurship accredited by the Chartered Management Institute. Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Professional Development module, offering the opportunity to apply for Chartered Manager status. Please visit the CMI website for full details on the CMI accreditation.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

COVID-19

The University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2020/2021 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.

Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to Covid-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Career Development Institute (CDI)

Career Development Institute (CDI)

Successful completion of the PgD or MA course and successful completion of the CDI Professional Report will enable you to join the UK Register of Career Development Professionals. Joining the Register demonstrates you are a qualified Career Development professional.Additional costs to become a member of the CDI and join the register will apply.

This course is accredited by CDI for the 2021/22 intake.


Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

The MA course includes the Global Professional – Entrepreneurship module, accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). MA students who complete the Global Professional - Entrepreneurship module and meet the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) requirements can be awarded a Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership and a Level 7 Award in Professional Consulting. Please visit the CMI website for full details on the CMI accreditation.

Coventry University’s accreditation with CMI is currently ongoing for the relevant modules, but is frequently reviewed and monitored by the CMI through their quality systems. If any changes occur with respect to our accreditation related to these modules, we will seek to notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

What our students say...

This course enabled me to go on and pursue my aspiration of becoming a careers advisor, teaching me how to interview clients and present group sessions to groups of clients. In addition, this course taught me 'labour market intelligence' which is an important aspect in career guidance work and is something that I will continue to develop throughout my career. I had a wonderful lecturer and tutor and am very thankful for this course, which has helped me land my dream job.

Zohaib Ahmed, MA Career Guidance, graduated 2016, now Careers Advisor at Cambridge Regional College

Course information

Working in public, private, voluntary and community settings, career guidance practitioners assist a range of adults and young people to make decisions about their education, training, jobs and careers. In the current climate, career guidance is ever more vital, whether helping young people leaving the education system, or those seeking to change direction in their careers.

The aim of the MA/PgDip in Career Development Management is for you to develop the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and professional values that would allow you to meet the needs of clients in a wide range of work settings. Upon successful completion of the course you will gain an understanding of how to deliver careers support to diverse individuals and groups and manage career development activities, as well as how to manage your own career development, whether as an employee or as a self-employed person, researcher or practitioner within a changing UK and international landscape.

The course provides you with an opportunity to study and enhance your knowledge and skills in career development and guidance to inform professional practice within business and organisational settings.

The theory and practice of career guidance in a contemporary context is central to our curriculum - its purpose, aims, benefits to society and people, and its varied delivery methods. We will consider the importance of equality, diversity and social justice to the delivery of career guidance, using case studies drawn from a wide variety of organisational contexts to reflect real-life challenges, such as those faced by university careers services in developing employability provision.

You will have the opportunity to receive training in a variety of interview models, covering the specialist skills needed for your work with clients, including networking, group work, presentation theories and techniques. We also aim to teach you how to evaluate career-related and labour market information. You will also have the opportunity to develop and enhance your core professional skills in practice settings – with students completing a minimum of 30 days on placement*.

*Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement opportunities and that any such opportunities referred to on this webpage may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

Working effectively as a career advisor requires a number of core interpersonal and professional skills: active listening and communication skills, building good working relationships, flexibility, adaptability and patience. There are two placements* which aim to introduce you to a professional and academic network of guidance providers and practitioners (the university will support you to find a placement, but if you cannot source one, the university will provide a virtual placement). Previous students have undertaken their placements in a diverse range of organisations including schools, colleges, HEIs and adult guidance settings, and community organisations that offer career and employment coaching.

If you choose to pursue the master’s qualification, you will be required to undertake a supervised research project on which you will write a dissertation. Past students have covered a range of topics, such as: the career experiences of working age adults with visual impairments; the effectiveness of career learning programmes in schools; the impact of AI on employment and career choices; and the experiences of female refugees in the UK labour market.

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Models of Career Guidance Interventions: This module evaluates your own values and beliefs and their potential impact on practice, whilst also developing high level communication and analytical skills to plan, conduct and evaluate effective guidance interventions. You will be introduced to a number of career interview techniques and models, including the Coventry interview model, how to refer clients, advocate on their behalf and broker agreements where needed.
    • Career Theory: Drawing on theories from many disciplines including sociology and psychology, this module develops your understanding of how and why people make career decisions and what motivates those decisions. We also explore the implications of social justice for career guidance, both nationally and internationally.
    • Engaging with practice: This module provides you with opportunities to develop your practitioner skills in career guidance settings. It will develop your insights into the ways in which career guidance providers organise and offer their services, and the roles that various team members play in supporting career choice. You will have the chance to practice career interviewing skills and develop the skills of critical self-reflection in order to appraise and improve skills and knowledge.
    • Organisational Management: The aim of this module is to develop and enhance your critical appreciation of your own ‘managerial style’, You will also study ‘managerialism’, including its impact on practitioner ethics and values, and the development of careers provision in the UK. You are expected to develop an understanding of the crucial role of leadership, management, partnership working, developing formal and informal relationships in enabling organisations to adapt to and meet the challenges posed by contemporary agendas in education, training and employment.
    • Social Research Methods: Career Development practitioners are increasingly called on to produce and review research projects to support changes in practice. You will gain critical insights into research design and methodology aimed at enabling you to conduct a small scale focused investigation into a specific professional practice related issue

  • Semester 2

    • Career Educator: This module aims to develop and enhance your critical appreciation of the development of careers education and guidance provision in the UK and globally. The ways in which contemporary agendas in education, training and employment are reshaping both the structure and operation of guidance provision will be explored, with a focus on the increasing use of electronic media to shape and deliver career guidance and development interventions.
    • Labour Market Information: This module is designed to enable you to research, design and use labour market information (LMI) with clients to support career choice, with a strong emphasis on digital sources of information, reflecting the increased use of e-resources to provide information and to support reflection and choice. In addition, the module will critically explore the barriers that may deter clients from making effective use of LMI and encourage you to formulate strategies that enable diverse groups of clients to make informed and effective decisions.
    • Placement Practice: The aim of this module is to develop and enhance your core professional skills in practice settings. These will include conducting client-centred group activities with a range of clients and others; identifying appropriate resources and information; developing the ability to enable clients to access and interpret career-related information. You will develop your in-depth interviewing skills further with clients, using a variety of interview models as appropriate. You will also critically assess the role of significant others such as parents, carers, peers and wider community influences in clients’ career decision-making. You will also develop your own career planning by engaging with continuous professional development (CPD).

  • Semester 3 (MA Only)

    • Research project: You will undertake a 12,500-word research project on an issue of personal interest with the support of an allocated Supervisor. (MA Only)
    • Management module: This has been developed with the Chartered Institute of Management (CMI). You will cover Strategic Leadership, Strategic Leadership Practice and Tools and Techniques for Effective Consultancy. (MA Only)

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

Please note that the module organisation described for this course is the pattern for the full-time students.

In more detail...

  • Fully accredited by the Career Development Institute (CDI) – upon successful completion you will additionally be awarded the Qualification in Career Development (QCD), providing eligibility to join the professional practitioners’ register (please see the Accreditation and Professional Recognition section)
  • MA students who complete the Global Professional - Entrepreneurship module and meet the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) requirements can be awarded a Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership and a Level 7 Award in Professional Consulting (please see the Accreditation and Professional Recognition section)
  • Exceptional levels of student completion – 100% completion rate PgDip in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2018/19.

Study themes include:

  • Career Development theory and practice from a client, service, national and international perspective
  • Practitioner skills development
  • E-learning, social media and digital platforms for professional development and client-based practice
  • Ethics and diversity
  • Organisational development.

This course can be studied over one year full-time or over two years part time. Whilst we would like to give you all the information about our part-time offering here, it is tailored for each course each year depending on the number of part-time applicants. Therefore, the part-time teaching arrangements vary. Please contact the course director for more information about studying this course part-time.

Full-time students are normally taught through a mixture of weekday classes and Saturday Schools; part- time students are normally taught via Saturday Schools alone.

All students follow a comprehensive blended learning programme including recorded lectures, extensive topic guides, blogs and digitised guided reading.

You should complete a minimum of 30 days on placement, plus 5 days of Continuing Professional Development – CPD can include training events, careers fairs, employer visits to career companies/providers, networking events and others. You will be required to log dates, location and description of the activity and learning. (Placements may be subject to competitive application and may incur additional costs, such as travel.) Those working in a career guidance or related role can use this as the basis of their placements, but you are also encouraged to gain some experience of alternative provision elsewhere. You will be supported by flexible tutorials via email, phone, Skype or face-to-face discussions.

To ensure that the programme incorporates up-to-date developments and the latest challenges facing guidance providers and service users, we sometimes invite expert guest speakers (subject to availability). Past students have heard from researchers who have explored the use of narrative techniques in interviews, as well as speakers from the professional body.

Where possible our coursework uses applied tasks that mimic the skills needed in jobs - such as producing information and labour market products - to help you become more attractive to future employers.

The University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses.  In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2020/2021 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms.  The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance.  Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.

Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to Covid-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use. 

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include individual assignments, Vlogs, and group presentations.

On successful completion, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: the theories that may account for career choice and development; models of career guidance interventions, such as interview models, career learning approaches and the research, design and use of labour market information; the political, social, economic and technological contexts that shape and inform career guidance provision, including relevant policies and legislation; and relevant codes of ethical practice that inform and underpin career guidance practice
  • Conduct career guidance interviews based on a comprehensive understanding of relevant interview models
  • Plan, design and deliver career learning programmes and sessions, also based on an in-depth insight into relevant theories of learning and models of delivery
  • Operate effectively in a range of complex organisational contexts.

Full-time students should spend approximately 10 hours per week on the blended learning programme, plus two days’ placement per week usually starting in early November (10 days in semester 1 and 20 days in semester 2). There is access to tutors for 1:1 and group tutorial support.

Part-time students are expected to spend at least six hours per week on the blended learning programme, plus (at predetermined times) one day per week on placement activities. They will need to attend 8-10 Saturday Schools at the university in year one and 4-5 in year two. MA students will need to attend an additional 5 Saturday Schools in year two. All Saturday Schools include workshops and group activities. In addition, there is access for 1:1 tutorial support.

Students have, in the past, been able to attend the Asia-Pacific Careers Conference, had a placement organised in Australia and conducted field research in Vietnam as part of their dissertation studies.

Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that any such opportunities referred to on this webpage may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2018/19, we were able to provide a total of 5,469 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

International experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni 2016/17


5,469

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2018/19


12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally since 2016

12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


What our students say...

This course enabled me to go on and pursue my aspiration of becoming a careers advisor, teaching me how to interview clients and present group sessions to groups of clients. In addition, this course taught me 'labour market intelligence' which is an important aspect in career guidance work and is something that I will continue to develop throughout my career. I had a wonderful lecturer and tutor and am very thankful for this course, which has helped me land my dream job.

Zohaib Ahmed, MA Career Guidance, graduated 2016, now Careers Advisor at Cambridge Regional College

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold the equivalent of a 2:2 undergraduate degree in any subject.

Applicants must show a strong interest in career guidance and be motivated to pursue a career in the field. Applicants who can demonstrate considerable experience at an appropriate professional level but who do not have the formal academic entry qualifications may also be admitted, subject to an application and assessment. Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to ‘considerable experience at an appropriate professional level,’ please contact the course director. All offers are subject to satisfactory disclosure and barring service/criminal conviction check.

Please note: students must also meet the placement requirements, normally assessed by an interview during the first term of the course following enrolment.

Applicants should hold the equivalent of a 2:2 undergraduate degree in any subject

Applicants must show a strong interest in career guidance and be motivated to pursue a career in the field. Applicants who can demonstrate considerable experience at an appropriate professional level but who do not have the formal academic entry qualifications may also be admitted, subject to an application and assessment. Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to ‘considerable experience at an appropriate professional level,’ please contact the course director. All offers are subject to satisfactory disclosure and barring service/criminal conviction check.

Please note: students must also meet the placement requirements, normally assessed by an interview during the first term of the course following enrolment.

Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit in the coming years, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance amongst other things. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force from time to time.

English as a Foreign Language An IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Applicants should hold the equivalent of a 2:2 undergraduate degree in any subject.

Applicants must show a strong interest in career guidance and be motivated to pursue a career in the field. Applicants who can demonstrate considerable experience at an appropriate professional level but who do not have the formal academic entry qualifications may also be admitted, subject to an application and assessment. Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to ‘considerable experience at an appropriate professional level,’ please contact the course director. All offers are subject to satisfactory disclosure and barring service/criminal conviction check.

Please note: students must also meet the placement requirements, normally assessed by an interview during the first term of the course following enrolment.

English as a Foreign Language An IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

What our students say...

This course enabled me to go on and pursue my aspiration of becoming a careers advisor, teaching me how to interview clients and present group sessions to groups of clients. In addition, this course taught me 'labour market intelligence' which is an important aspect in career guidance work and is something that I will continue to develop throughout my career. I had a wonderful lecturer and tutor and am very thankful for this course, which has helped me land my dream job.

Zohaib Ahmed, MA Career Guidance, graduated 2016, now Careers Advisor at Cambridge Regional College

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2021

£10,400 (MSc) | £6,933 (PgDip) (per year)


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2021

£16,600 (MSc) | TBC (PgDip) (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2021

£16,600 (MSc) | TBC (PgDip) (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to) travel, accommodation, activities and visas.

This course may incur additional costs associated with any equipment or materials.

EU student fees

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

What our students say...

This course enabled me to go on and pursue my aspiration of becoming a careers advisor, teaching me how to interview clients and present group sessions to groups of clients. In addition, this course taught me 'labour market intelligence' which is an important aspect in career guidance work and is something that I will continue to develop throughout my career. I had a wonderful lecturer and tutor and am very thankful for this course, which has helped me land my dream job.

Zohaib Ahmed, MA Career Guidance, graduated 2016, now Careers Advisor at Cambridge Regional College

Career prospects

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

Career development professionals provide activities and services which assist individuals or organisations seeking support to effect a wide range of career transitions. These may be associated with life and career stages, including the development of young people’s career ideas.

Successful completion of the course should provide you with skills to seek employment as a guidance practitioner in the statutory services, careers guidance within further education and higher education institutions, adult guidance partnerships, charitable organisations, community-based agencies and opportunities in the voluntary and private sectors.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and aims to give you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Recent graduates have gone on to work for universities such as Coventry, Warwick, Bristol, Nottingham Trent, UCB and Birmingham; FE colleges, public and private schools in England; the Prison Service, NHS and Careers Wales. Others have moved in to self-employment as careers consultants and coaches.

What our students say...

I really enjoyed the career guidance MA. It has given me the confidence and ability to work within the careers profession. All the teaching staff have been helpful and very engaging which has resulted in an excellent learning environment. The quality of the feedback really helped my professional development.

Luke Carnie, PgDip Career Guidance, graduated 2018/19, now Careers Outreach Officer at Heart of Worcester College
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.

Admission to this course is subject to satisfactory health clearance, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and a successful interview. Find out about the application process