The Postgraduate Diploma provides a thorough training for today's higher education careers and employability professional. It is delivered by the University of Warwick in collaboration with the AGCAS (Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services) and designed and taught in partnership with this professional body. It leads to an award from the University. It is also 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: 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).
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 (further details in 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.
There is significant individual support available through the extended course team consisting of Dr Phil McCash, Gill Frigerio, Ian Day, Dr John Gough (all Warwick staff) and the AGCAS Learning Team.
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.
Applicants must have, or be expected to achieve, an English language test certificate that meets our Band A English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall with no component score below 6.0 (or equivalent). Please see the following webpage to find out if you are except from this entry requirement: https://warwick.ac.uk/services/aro/sroas/admissions/pg/English
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. Full-time applicants are advised to consider our MA Career Development and Coaching Studies (PL 561).
Alternative qualifications and experience
*If you have alternative qualifications and relevant experience, you are welcome to discuss these with the Course Leader (Phil McCash).
Modules linked to an additional AGCAS course are shown below. AGCAS courses are run by AGCAS and separately charged. 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. Note that, for publicity purposes, the Career Development Theories and Research in Professional Practice workshops are advertised in the AGCAS calendar but are not run by AGCAS and do not carry a separate charge.
Modules available in 2020/21
|Module Code||Module title||AGCAS course?
|CE 951||Career Development Theories||No||20||7|
|CE 946||Challenges of Careers Work in Higher Education||Yes||20||7|
|Module code||Module title||AGCAS course?
Hear from Sue Johnstone, one of our students, who explains how the course is structured and who she would recommend it to:
Course Code: P-L576
Level: postgraduate diploma (Level 7)
Length: up to 3.5 years (Part-time)
Venue: conference centre/teaching rooms/distance learning (depending on Covid-19 related guidance)