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Career Education, Information and Guidance in Higher Education (PG Cert)

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Explore our Career Education, Information and Guidance in HE, taught Postgraduate Certificate.

The PG Certificate in Career Education, Information and Guidance in Higher Education provides a core foundation in the knowledge and skills required for higher education career and employability work. The flexible nature of this course allows you to complete the core modules and then follow a more individualised track through the optional modules linked to your working role. The course is designed for people who have recently started work in a relevant role in HE and you wish to enrol on a shorter course than the PG Diploma and MA.

Course overview

It is developed in conjunction with the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) and taught in partnership with them. It is also approved by the Career Development Institute (CDI)Link opens in a new window as meeting the qualification requirement for the UK Register of Career Development ProfessionalsLink opens in a new window. The course is designed for anyone who is new to the work and/or wishes to enrol on a shorter course than the PG Diploma and MA.

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 CDI accredited
Our partner

Programme run in conjunction with AGCAS.

AGCAS accredited

General entry requirements

Minimum requirements

A 2:2 degree in any discipline.

If you have alternative qualifications and relevant experience, you are welcome to discuss these with the course team. Applicants must be working in a higher education career and employability development context.


The course lasts up to 2.5 years and you are able to complete earlier if your circumstances allow.

English language requirements

You can find out more about our English language requirementsLink opens in a new window. This course requires the following:

  • Band A
  • IELTS overall score of 6.5, minimum component scores not below 6.0.

Student VISAs

The University of Warwick is not currently sponsoring students on part-time courses, including part-time courses that are akin to distance learning, with a Student visa.

Therefore, we will not be able to produce a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for a part-time course.

Please visit our visa pages and read the guidance provided to see if your visa permits study at The University of Warwick.

International qualifications

We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.

For more information, please visit the international entry requirements pageLink opens in a new window.

Additional requirements

There are no additional entry requirements for this course.

Core modules

Some modules are linked to an additional AGCAS course--they are shown below. The AGCAS/Warwick Qualification page provides general information, whereas you can find more detailed module information including dates, costs, aims, learning outcomes and assessments on the AGCAS Training and Conferences pages. Please note that:

  • AGCAS courses are run by AGCAS and separately charged.
  • For publicity purposes, the Career Development Theories and Employer engagement and labour markets modules do not carry a separate charge.

Please note all dates are provisional and will be confirmed later in the timetabling process once you are enrolled on the course.

For 2023/24 entry, please see 2023 CEIGHE key dates.

Optional modules

Optional modules can vary from year to year. Example optional modules may include:


The PG Certificate consists of four modules: two core 20 credit modules and two 10 credit optional modules. 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. You will start with the core modules, firstly Career Development Theories and then Challenges of Careers Work in Higher Education module. These modules run twice a year.

Class sizes

Vary between 5-40 students dependent on the module.

Typical contact hours

Each module typically consists of independent learning using on-line study materials, links to key readings, online webinars, and personal tutorial support. Most modules also include workshops of which a small number may be run in-person. There is no need to purchase or borrow your core reading materials.

Most modules also include workshops, some of which are taught by AGCAS trainers and others by Warwick academic staff, most of these are online, but some are in-person. The precise blend varies according to each module and is explained in the relevant module section. 


Modules are assessed through work-based projects.

Your timetable

Your personalised timetable will be complete when you are registered for all modules, compulsory and optional, and you have been allocated to your lectures, seminars and other small group classes. Your compulsory modules will be registered for you and you will be able to choose your optional modules when you join us.

Your career

Our graduates occupy a range of relevant career development roles in Higher Education and many rise within the sector as they progress through and achieve the CEIGHE qualification.

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Our departmental research strategy focuses on four interconnected themes: concepts of lifelong learning; people-focused professions; wellbeing and identity; participation and collaboration. We seek to enthuse staff, students, and the wider community with this vision. More information is available on our website.

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Tuition fees

Tuition fees are normally payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. However, this course is part of the Centre for Lifelong Learning department which follows a non-standard fee structure. Full fee details are listed via the 'Find your course fees' button below.

Academic fees cover the cost of tuition, examinations and registration and some student amenities.

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Fee Status Guidance

We carry out an initial fee status assessment based on the information you provide in your application. Students will be classified as Home or Overseas fee status. Your fee status determines tuition fees, and what financial support and scholarships may be available. If you receive an offer, your fee status will be clearly stated alongside the tuition fee information.

Do you need your fee classification to be reviewed?

If you believe that your fee status has been classified incorrectly, you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire. Please follow the instructions in your offer information and provide the documents needed to reassess your status.

Find out more about how universities assess fee status

Additional course costs

As well as tuition fees and living expenses, some courses may require you to cover the cost of field trips or costs associated with travel abroad.

For departmental specific costs, please see the Modules tab on the course web page for the list of core and optional core modules with hyperlinks to our Module Catalogue (please visit the Department’s website if the Module Catalogue hyperlinks are not provided).

Associated costs can be found on the Study tab for each module listed in the Module Catalogue (please note most of the module content applies to 2022/23 year of study). Information about module department specific costs should be considered in conjunction with the more general costs below:

  • Core text books
  • Printer credits
  • Dissertation binding
  • Robe hire for your degree ceremony

Scholarships and bursaries

Scholarships and financial support

Find out about the different funding routes available, including; postgraduate loans, scholarships, fee awards and academic department bursaries.

Living costs

Find out more about the cost of living as a postgraduate student at the University of Warwick.

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Apply to the course

This part-time course has two intakes each year.

April Intake

Application closed

October Intake

Apply October 2024 course

Deadline for applications 31 August 2024.

Read our notes on how to apply

How to apply

The application process for courses that start in September and October 2024 will open on 2 October 2023.

Applications will close on 2 August 2024 for students who require a visa to study in the UK, to allow time to receive a CAS and complete the visa application process.

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Our hosted events run throughout the year, with a mixture of virtual and in-person sessions. These events are a great way to learn more about our courses and departments, chat to current students and staff, and find out more information about accommodation, careers, and how to apply.

Postgraduate Fairs

Throughout the year we attend exhibitions and fairs online and in-person around the UK. These events give you the chance to explore our range of postgraduate courses, and find out what it’s like studying at Warwick. You’ll also be able to speak directly with our student recruitment team, who will be able to help answer your questions.