Coventry University: Career Development and Management

InstitutionCoventry University View institution profile
Department School of Psychological, Social and Behavioural Sciences
Study type Taught


If you are seeking a professional qualification in career guidance, this course allows you to take the Qualification in Careers Guidance (QCG) – the nationally recognised professional qualification awarded by the Career Development Institute (CDI) – alongside the PgDip.

One of the largest providers of careers guidance qualifications in the UK, Coventry has developed a reputation for its innovative and flexible course delivery modes. Ideal for those seeking to combine work and study, we offer distance and part-time, blended learning options featuring extensive online learning resources.

Our tutors are experts in their field, many having worked as career guidance practitioners and managers in schools, HEIs and adult guidance settings. They frequently contribute to debate at a national level to influence policy and workforce development, for example, the course director was part of a panel of experts that has influenced the development of the careers strategy for schools in England.

Guided by National Occupational standards, this is a highly practical course with a third of the programme credits devoted to professional practice placement. This aims to help you to develop relevant practitioner skills and gain hands-on experience working effectively to provide guidance to adults and young people in a wide variety of organisational settings. In the past, students have worked at the universities of Coventry, Warwick, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, UCB, UWE, Northumbria and London, as well as colleges such as Solihull, City College and Cambridge Regional College.

We adopt a problem-based approach to our learning, so you will be given real-life case studies and scenarios drawn from current practice, applying your learning of the policy, practice and theories underpinning career guidance, equality and diversity, partnership working and research based practice.

**Key Course Benefits**
* Exceptional levels of student completion – 89% completion rate across all programmes in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2018.

* Graduate employability: 75% of graduates in work or further study after six months (DLHE 2016/17).

* Access to our well-resourced online learning environment, which has been praised by students, external examiners and the professional body.

* Fully accredited by the Career Development Institute (CDI), you will additionally be awarded the Qualification in Career Development (QCD), providing eligibility to join the professional practitioners’ register.

* Insight into current practice, including developments in employment, education and training gained from our extensive contacts with employers, placement providers and the team’s involvement with the professional body.

**Accreditation and Professional Recognition**
This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:
**Career Development Institute (CDI)**
The course is accredited by the Career Development Institute (CDI), the single UK-wide professional body for everyone working in the fields of career education; career information, advice and guidance; career coaching, career consultancy and career management.

It is directly underpinned by the National Occupational Standards for Career Guidance at level 7 and successful completion of the PgDip enables you to join the UK Register of Career Development Professionals, demonstrating that you are professionally qualified.


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Coventry University

Coventry University is a dynamic university that provides high quality education to students. Our teaching, staff, facilities and student experience have all been recognised as being among the finest in the sector and our future is looking bright as a modern university with a flourishing global reputation.

Why choose Coventry University?

  • Top 15 for five years running in the Guardian University Guide (2016-2020)
  • Awarded University of the Year for Student Experience (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)
  • 1st for Overseas Experiences (based on student trips abroad from HESA 2016/17 data)
  • Gold for outstanding teaching ...

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