Career Development and Employability (Distance Learning) at University of Huddersfield - UCAS

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Course summary

On this distance learning course, you’ll have the opportunity to develop an understanding of critical reflection and how to employ independent learning strategies to enable you to evaluate and inform your professional practice. You’ll also develop and deepen your knowledge and understanding of educational research. This course is for those seeking a professional qualification in Career Guidance. You’ll have the opportunity to take the Qualification in Career Development (QCD) - the nationally recognised professional qualification awarded by the Career Development Institute (CDI) - alongside the Master's qualification. You’ll learn about policy, practice and theories underpinning career guidance, equality and diversity, partnership working and research-based practice. Why Career Development and Employability?

  • The course can lead to a wide variety of interesting and rewarding career prospects in the career guidance and development sector including higher and further education careers and employability services, secondary education and third sector organisations. You can find out more via the CDI.
  • Successful completion of the course can result in the Career Development Institute approved career guidance professional qualification (the Qualification in Career Development or QCD).
  • Students who do not wish to commit to the full MA may choose to study the Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) which also leads to the award of the QCD.
  • Huddersfield has been teaching career guidance courses for over 40 years and has established a strong national reputation in the sector. You’ll also have access to our extensive professional and academic network which feeds directly into course design and delivery and to excellent facilities and specialist equipment.
Professional links and accreditations Successful completion of the course may allow you to gain the Qualification in Career Development (QCD) - the nationally recognised professional qualification awarded by the Career Development Institute (CDI) This accreditation is reviewed on a regular basis. In order to gain this qualification, you must complete the following module: Working with Individuals and Groups.


Core Modules Whether you’re on the full-time or part-time course, you will study two core modules: Developing Professional Practice: Organisational Culture and Professional Practice The Guidance Network Option Modules You will also have the option to choose two of the following optional modules: Developing Professional Practice: Work with Individuals and Groups Leadership & Management in Career Education & Development Higher Education in Context Employer Engagement and Business Support

Assessment method

Our course offers a combination of teaching styles: lectures, tutorials, independent study and work-based learning. Assessment is continuous and varied and includes written assignments, presentations, and reports. The course is assessed through coursework; there are no timed tests or exams. The assessment on the course allows you to demonstrate your practical knowledge and skills alongside developing your critical and theoretical understanding of the subject. The assessment builds on your particular interests and context and is likely to have outcomes that will be of benefit to your professional life and to your employer. You’ll be provided with guidance to help you develop your assignment work by module tutors and specialist learning support staff. For international students, we provide weekly academic study skills support workshop to help you get the most from the main modules.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally: * A degree or an equivalent professional qualification. Suitably experienced applicants without a degree will be considered. In addition you must also have: * Relevant experience in a paid or voluntary basis. * Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. * Complete a satisfactory interview. * International applicants must be available for interview in person or via Skype. In order to successfully study this distance learning course, you must also have: * Access to a computer with a reliable internet connection. * The ability to access and use online study guidance and support. * Appropriate video and audio devices so that you can participate in webinar tutorials.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with the written element at least 6.0 with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent.

Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our 'Where are you from?' information pages.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £4600 Whole course
England £4600 Whole course
Northern Ireland £4600 Whole course
Scotland £4600 Whole course
Wales £4600 Whole course
Channel Islands £4600 Whole course
EU £4600 Whole course
International £4600 Whole course

Additional fee information

Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X). Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University. For more information about funding, fees and finance for Distance Learning students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see our Fees and Finance. - Employers looking to enrol a number of learners may be eligible for a corporate discount. Contact [email protected] for further information. Please email [email protected] the Distance Learning Unit for more information about fees and finance.
Career Development and Employability (Distance Learning) at University of Huddersfield - UCAS