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Career Development and Coaching Studies

Postgraduate Certificate

The PG Certificate provides a foundation of knowledge and skills for anyone involved in the support of career development. The course is designed for you if you wish to enrol on a shorter course than the PG Diploma and MA CDCS and progression is available to both courses. It is approved by the Career Development Institute (CDI) as meeting the qualification requirement for the UK Register of Career Development Professionals.

Starts October and April annually. April 2018 entry is now closed.
Qualification Postgraduate Certificate
Programme code P-L568
Venue Main Campus, University of Warwick/ Distance Learning
Credit 60 at Level 7 in the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications
Entry requirements This course is designed for applicants from a wide range of backgrounds. This includes individuals who are currently involved in career development and coaching support, individuals who wish to work in these areas and those who are interested in studying these areas for personal interest. The University's standard entrance requirement is an undergraduate degree graded at 2:2 in any discipline*. Applicants must be able to produce written work of a good standard.
Length Up to 2 years
Contact Please use our Contact page to send us an enquiry

Areas of Study

The PG Certificate consists of three modules: two core 20 credit modules and one 20 credit optional module. Everyone will start with the core module in Career Development Theories. The remaining modules can be taken in any order depending on availability


This part-time PG Certificate can be completed over a period of between 10 and 24 months. A flexible approach is adopted to enable attendance if you are based overseas and/or with full-time work or other responsibilities. Each 20 credit module is taught via a blend of workshop-based and distance-learning. The workshops take place at the University of Warwick, usually on a Friday and Saturday. You will start with the Career Development Theories module and 1 or 2 further modules per year depending on how quickly you wish to move through the course.

Teaching methods

The course involves engaging in workshops, independent study and virtual learning. There is significant individual support available through the course team. Assignments are project-based and are completed following each workshop.

Overseas applicants

Part-time international and EU applicants are welcomed. The course involves attendance in the UK at a minimum of 2 weekend workshops per year. We have welcomed applications from a range of countries including the UK, Ireland, Norway, France, Germany, Romania, Slovenia, USA, China and Australia.

Alternative qualifications and experience

*If you have alternative qualifications and relevant experience, you are welcome to discuss these with the course team.


Former students occupy a range of roles in the private and public sectors. Many students progress from the PG Certificate CDCS to the PG Diploma and/or MA CDCS.

Further module information

More information on core and optional modules is indicated below. Detailed module information is available by clicking on the relevant module title e.g. aims, learning outcomes, syllabus, teaching and assessment.

Core Modules

(Avavilable for 2015-16 and 2016-17)

Module code Module title Teaching method Credits Level
CE 951 Career Development Theories Blend of workshops and virtual learning 20 7
CE 952 Career Coaching and Counselling Blend of workshops and virtual learning 20 7

Optional Modules

Module code Module title Teaching method Credits Level
CE 944

Careers, Work Experience and Employability

Blend of workshops and virtual learning 20 7
CE 953

Career-related Learning

Blend of workshops and virtual learning 20 7
CE 954

Organisations and Labour Markets

Blend of workshops and virtual learning 20 7