Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015, February  2016
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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Career Guidance Programmes | MA Careers
Successful completion of this course will enable you to function as an effective practitioner, confident to offer high quality career advice, able to identify your own training needs and take responsibility for your continuing professional development. It has been highly successful both in employability terms and in enabling people to make career changes, and is recognised as the professional qualification for guidance work in the statutory sector, further and higher education, and across the voluntary sector.

Self-reflection for personal development is an important part of professional training and work-based placements will provide opportunity to relate your learning to the professional context. To gain the professional award from the Institute of Career Guidance, you will register for the Qualification in Career Guidance (QCG) and complete a portfolio of evidence. The Diploma has recently been reviewed and re-validated to ensure the curriculum and learning opportunities meet current professional requirements.

About the programme
The programme places a strong emphasis on the development of professional skills training and reflective practice through thoughtful integration of theory and practice. Our close links with employers and professionals across the sector contributes to placement & employment opportunities;

The Postgraduate Diploma permits full membership of the Institute of Career Guidance (ICG). The MA can be used to satisfy CPD requirements for the ICG Register of Practitioners;


Students must complete four 30 credit Level M modules to gain the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Career Guidance. These are: Social Inequality and the Labour Market; Professional Practice 1 and 2 and Career Theory. For the professional award of the QCG (Qualification of Career Guidance) by the ICG, students must also complete a Professional Log and the QCG portfolio which provides evidence of meeting all required QCG learning outcomes.

The Postgraduate Diploma programme can be completed in one year fulltime or by part-time study (one day per week) over two years. It is possible to move from full-time to part-time study and vice-versa , within the constraints of the timetable. MA students will complete the Research Dissertation Module of 60 Level M credits.


Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Career Guidance programme should normally possess a degree of a recognised University or equivalent. Applicants without formal qualifications who possess substantial experience in an appropriate field and can demonstrate confidence about taking academic and practical study may be admitted onto the postgraduate programme. All applicants must have CRB clearance. Applicants for the MA would normally have completed the post graduate Diploma in Career Guidance or an equivalent post graduate qualification. All applicants must demonstrate the capacity to study at Masters level.

All applicants are required to attend a selection interview at the University and to provide satisfactory references. In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, then IELTS at 6.5 (or equivalent) is required. International qualifications will be checked for appropriate matriculation to UK Higher Education postgraduate programmes. Students that apply to enter stages of the programme may be admitted through normal Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL). Therefore such applicants must be able to demonstrate and evidence that they have the required learning outcomes as listed in the modules for which they are seeking exemption.

The University of East London actively promotes and celebrates equality and diversity and positively welcomes applicants regardless of race, gender, disability, sexuality, age, religion or social class. The programme has achieved Investors in Diversity standard at Level one from the National Centre for Diversity.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

180 (Grade C)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


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