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Career Education, Information and Guidance in Higher Education

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 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.


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 learning environment 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 (further details in the AGCAS events calendar).

Two Annual Start Dates

There are two intakes each year at the start of April and October for this part-time course. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply three months before each intake.

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.

Key facts

Course code: P-L577

Level: postgraduate certificate (Level 7)

Length: up to 2.5 years (part-time)

Venue: conference centre/teaching rooms/distance learning (depending on Covid-19 related guidance)