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Career Education, Information and Guidance in Higher Education

Postgraduate Certificate

The PG Certificate develops a foundation of knowledge and skills for all staff involved in higher education careers and employability work. The course is designed if you are new to the work and/or if you wish to enrol on a shorter course than the PG Diploma and MA. It is approved by the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) and designed and taught in partnership with this professional body. It is also approved by the Career Development Institute (CDI) as meeting the qualification requirement for the UK Register of Career Development Professionals.

Starts October and April
Qualification Postgraduate Certificate
Programme code P-L577
Credits 60 at Level 7 in the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications
Venue Conference Centre, The University of Warwick/ Distance Learning
Entry requirements The University's standard entrance requirement is an undergraduate degree graded at 2:2 or above*. The course is designed for applicants who are working in a higher education careers environment and able to produce written work of a good standard.

Up to 2.5 years

Contact Please use our Contact page to send us an enquiry

Teaching methods

The PG Certificate consists of four modules: two core 20 credit modules and two 10 credit optional modules. All modules are taught via a blend of contact time and distance learning. The blend varies according to each module (see table). The course involves engaging in significant amounts of both independent study and group teaching. Its flexible nature means that you can plot an individual track through the course and use the virtual and physical learning environments to make contact with others. Everyone will start with the core modules: Career Development Theories and the next available Challenges of Careers Work in Higher Education module. These modules run twice a year (see dates and further details in the AGCAS events calendar).


There is significant individual support available through the extended course team consisting of Phil McCash (Warwick), Gill Frigerio (Warwick), Sharon West (Warwick), Linda Byrne (AGCAS), Jan Cornish (AGCAS) and highly experienced AGCAS Trainers and Mentors.

Overseas applicants

Part-time international and EU applicants are welcomed. We have received successful 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 Director (Phil McCash).

HECSU Bursary

The Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU) provides the HECSU Training Bursary Scheme to support participants on this joint AGCAS & University of Warwick course.


Former students now occupy a range of roles in higher education careers work including management, education and career coaching. Many students progress from the PG Certificate CEIGHE to the PG Diploma or MA CEIGHE.

Further module information

Modules linked to an additional AGCAS course are shown below. AGCAS courses are run by AGCAS and separately charged. More detailed module information is available by clicking on the relevant module title e.g. aims, learning outcomes, assessment and name of the linked AGCAS course in the AGCAS events calendar if relevant. The AGCAS qualification page provides general information and the AGCAS events page provides latest detailed information on workshops and AGCAS courses including dates and costs.

Core modules

Modules for 2015-16 and 2016-17

Module code Module title AGCAS course?
Credits Level
CE 946 Challenges of Careers Work in Higher Education Yes 20 7
CE 951 Career Development Theories No 20 7

Optional modules

Module code Module title AGCAS course?
Credits Level
CE 924

Group Work

Yes 10 7
CE 925

Working in Information

Yes 10 7
CE 928

Employer Engagement and Labour Markets

No 10 7
CE 995

Career Coaching (Information, Advice and Guidance)

Yes 10 7