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Career Development and Coaching Studies

Postgraduate Diploma

The Postgraduate Diploma provides a thorough training for today's career development professional. It is approved by the Career Development Institute (CDI) as meeting the qualification requirement for the UK Register of Career Development Professionals. The course consists of six 20 credit modules.

Starts October and April annually. April 2018 entry is now closed.
Qualification Postgraduate Diploma
Programme Code P-L567
Credit Up to 120 at Level 7 in the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications
Venue Main Campus, The University of Warwick/ Distance Learning
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/or those who are interested in studying 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 3 years
Contact Please use our Contact page to send us an enquiry

This video was filmed in September 2015. All opinions expressed in the video are the student's own.


This part-time PG Diploma can be completed over a period of between 14 and 36 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 over two days (key dates). You will start with the Career Development Theories module and attend between two and six workshops 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 with 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 Diploma CDCS to the 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:

Available 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

Further Optional Modules:

Module code Module title Teaching method Credits Level
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
CE 955

Career, Vocation and Calling

Blend of workshops and virtual learning 20 7
CE 944

Career, Work Experience and Employability

Blend of workshops and virtual learning 20 7
CE 956

Research Project

Blend of workshops and virtual learning 20 7