Masters | Postgraduate Course - Career Development MA, PG Cert Course Details within Nottingham Trent University

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September 2018; January 2019
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Career Development MA, PG Cert

Study Details

MA/PGCert Distance learning / Full-time 6 months / 18 months

The MA / Postgraduate Certificate in Career Development course is designed to equip you with the skills, qualities and knowledge required of a professional practitioner working in the career development and employability sector, enabling you to meet the needs of clients in a variety of settings.

NTU has successfully been teaching career guidance courses since 1973, and has established a strong national reputation in this field. You’ll benefit from a broad spectrum of contemporary thinking and debate on careers education, information, advice, guidance and coaching, and you’ll develop the skills to make a positive impact on the sector and the profession.

The curriculum offers flexibility – you have the choice of studying a MA Career Development full-time or a Postgraduate Certificate by blended learning, and there are module options to help you develop specialisms. This course is ideal if you’re looking to find employment in the sector, or are already employed in a career development or related role and seek Continuing Professional Development opportunities (CPD).

Rather than commit to the full MA, you can choose to study a Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) in Career Development. Those studying on the full-time MA will have the option of completing the Qualification in Career Development (QCD) award accredited by the Career Development Institute (CDI) professional body.

Module details

Core modules (for both the PG Cert and MA)

As a student on the PG Cert, you’ll complete the two modules below to achieve 60 credits of the Masters. Masters students will also study these modules before continuing their studies to complete the full MA qualification.

  • Ethical Stances and Professional Practices
  • Frameworks for Professional Practice

MA Career Development modules

In addition to the core modules above for the MA and PG Cert, Masters students will also complete the following modules:

Career Development Theory and Guidance Practice

Optional modules (select one of the following two)*:

  • Qualification in Career Development Professional Standards (QCD) - Career Development Institute (CDI) accredited
  • Labour Market Information (LMI)

The MA will culminate in a final core module:

Research Methods and Dissertation / Service Evaluation

 * The number of places available on some optional modules may be limited. These will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Students who are unable to select their first choice will be offered an alternative from the remaining optional modules.

Entry Requirements

  • You will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree or other equivalent higher education qualification e.g. HND / DipHE.
  • Applicants without such qualifications will be considered but will be required to evidence relevant work experience in a related field, and demonstrate their motivation and ability to study at postgraduate level.

Student Destinations

The course will equip you with attributes that are highly sought after by employers in the careers and employability sector. As such, employability is a core theme throughout the course – not only will you have acquired the skills necessary for professional practice within the career development sector, but you’ll be able to apply these perspectives to yourself in order to assist you in managing your own employability.

Through our close links with the sector, you may have the opportunity to network with employers and practitioners at national career development events such as the CDI Student Conference and the National Career Guidance Show.