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Career Education, Information and Guidance in Higher Education

Postgraduate Diploma

The Postgraduate Diploma provides a thorough training for today's higher education careers and employability professional. 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.

Hear from Sue Johnstone, one of our students, who explains how the course is structured and who she would recommend it to:

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

Starts October and April
Qualification Postgraduate Diploma
Programme code P-L576
Venue Conference Centre, The University of Warwick/ Distance Learning
Credits Up to 120 at Level 7 in the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications
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.
Length Up to 3.5 years
Contact Please use our Contact page to send us an enquiry

Areas of study

The course consists of six 20 credit modules: two core and four optional. Each module is taught via a blend of contact time and distance learning. The blend varies according to each module (see module table).

Teaching methods

The course involves both independent study, tutorials 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 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 a large group of 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 and 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 Diploma CEIGHE to the 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 available in 2015-16 and 2016-17

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

Further optional modules

Module code Module title AGCAS course?
Credits Level
CE 993

Career Coaching (Information, Advice and Guidance)

Y 20 7
CE 930

Employability and Career Development Learning

Y 20 7
CE 938

Career Information

Y 20 7
CE 931

Group Work

Y 20 7
CE 934

Employer Engagement and Labour Markets

N 20 7
CE 932

Guidance Skills (Advanced)

Y 20 7
CE 935

Management of Higher Education Career and Employability Services

Y 20 7

Marketing the Service

N 20 7

Psychometric Assessment

Y 20 7
CE 956

Research Project (core for MA)

N 20 7
CE 936

Training and Coaching

Y 20 7
CE 968

Work Experience in Higher Education

Y 20 7

"I am so pleased to have got through to the end. There were moments, because of family commitments and events, where I could have so easily stopped if it had not been for your understanding and flexibility.

"I gained so much from the course and particularly enjoyed the residentials. It is the best quality postgraduate course I have done and one which I feel has really enhanced my professional practice."

Liz Robertson, PG Diploma CEIGHE, 2015

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