Taught course

Careers Guidance and Development

University of the West of Scotland · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

The normal entrance requirement for the Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma is a degree or similar qualification. Applications from candidates who do not possess the qualifications above may also be considered. Such applicants may have completed a workplace qualification such as an S/NVQ in Advice and Guidance, and in all cases should be able to demonstrate appropriate knowledge, skills, experience and maturity, and satisfy the University that they have the potential to reach the academic standards required of a programme at postgraduate level by holding at least an HNC in Social Sciences, Career Guidance or an equivalent qualification. We welcome applications from a variety of backgrounds, including groups which have been underrepresented in the career guidance profession. Applicants for the online learning Certificate and Diploma are expected to be employed for the whole duration of their programme in a career or educational guidance context, or in an organisation whose main function is to give educational or careers guidance to adults.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

With placement opportunities available† this programme, which achieved 100% overall satisfaction in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2015, qualifies you to work as a careers guidance practitioner.
About the programme
Career guidance practitioners provide accurate and relevant advice on employment, education and training opportunities to an ever-widening client group. This programme focuses on professional practice, personal reflection and critical analysis of practice. The Masters allows guidance practitioners to undertake research and work evaluation as part of their ongoing professional development.
Practical experience
Postgraduate Diploma students learning on-campus are provided with placements and practical opportunities for practice, with opportunities to experience how career guidance practitioners operate in organisations and as training providers.
Your learning
Certificate and Diploma. The Certificate consists of three modules and the Diploma six. The coremodule is Reflective Guidance Practice. Additional modules include Models of Professional Practice; Career Coaching and Development; Career Related Policy; Career Development Theory; Reflective Guidance Practice; and Labour Market Studies.
You can take up to two years of further part-time study towards a Masters award either by completing a dissertation, or by completing a literature review and associated article. Part-time and online learning. Those already working in the sector can study part-time or online. You must have access to clients to undertake practical assessments, and to a mentor. If seeking professional accreditation beyond the Postgraduate. Diploma award, you will undertake a two-week placement in another guidance organisation in Year 2. Our Careers Adviser says: Graduates have a successful record of gaining employment as career guidance practitioners in the public, private and voluntary sectors within the UK.
Professional recognition
The Postgraduate Diploma can include completion of the Qualification in Career Guidance and Development (QCGD) which is professionally
accredited by the Career Development.

Information for international students

For more information please visit - www.uws.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

In session 2015/16 the Postgraduate

Diploma element of this programme

carried SAAS postgraduate loan

funding for eligible students. Check

www.saas.gov.uk for 2016/17 loan info.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
distance learning
24 months


distance learning
24 months
part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
24 months
distance learning
24 months

Further details of qualification

Delivered at Paisley Campus. Also available via e-learning. Those who are employed in a career or educational guidance setting may wish to study for the Certificate, Diploma or MSc on a part-time or e-learning basis. The employing organisation will be required to provide a mentor and an assessor (normally another employee with guidance experience) and allow time to attend placements, including a two-week placement in another guidance organisation in the second year of the programme

Course contact details

Graham Allan or Janet Moffett
0800 027 1000 (+44 141 849 4101 out with UK)