Career Development and Employability at University of Huddersfield - UCAS

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Course summary

On this 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.
  • This course is available on a one year full-time or two years part-time basis. 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 accreditation: 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. Additional costs: Career Development Institute (CDI) In addition to the MA or PgDip you will also be working towards your professional qualification – The Qualification in Career Development (QCD). This is awarded by the CDI and is recognised nationally. There is an additional cost for this qualification which needs to be paid to the CDI directly - Your placements could be in Huddersfield or surrounding areas, so please consider any travelling costs you may incur. A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required to enable you to undertake placements in settings with children. We arrange this as part of the application process. Please note that there may be a charge for the DBS check.


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 course work; 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 a 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 and health clearances. * Complete a satisfactory interview. * International applicants must be available for interview in person or via Skype.

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 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.

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

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Additional fee information

The part-time tuition fee for this course will be £2,300 per year. Tuition fees for UK students will cover the cost of your study at the University. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see our Fees and Finance - Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X). If you are an EU or international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available - Please email the Student Finance Office (mailto:[email protected]) or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.
Career Development and Employability at University of Huddersfield - UCAS