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Career Education, Information and Guidance in HE (PGCert) (2020 Entry)

  • Course Code
  • P-L577
  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Taught
  • Qualification
  • PGCert
  • Duration
  • Part-time: up to 2 1/2 years
  • (See entry requirements for more information)
  • Location of Study
  • University of Warwick

Career Education, Information and Guidance in HE provides a foundation of knowledge and skills for higher education careers. This PGCert course is designed as a shorter course and for those new to the field. By completion, you will have gained knowledge and insight into the professional practice.

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 anyone who is new to the work and/or wishes 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.

Core Modules

  • Challenges of Careers Work in Higher Education
  • Career Development Theories

Optional Modules

  • Previously, a selection of the following options have been offered:
  • Group Work
  • Technology, E-learning and the Web
  • Employer Engagement and Labour Markets
  • Career Coaching (Information, Advice and Guidance)


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).

Contact Hours

Each module typically consists of 2 days of intensive, attendance-based workshops combined with some independent learning using on-line study materials, links to key readings, online webinars and tutorial support.

Class Sizes

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Modules are assessed through a combination of assignments (5,000 word projects) and case studies.

Minimum requirements 2:ii 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 careers context and able to produce written work of a good standard

English language requirements Band A
IELTS overall score of 6.5, minimum component scores not below 6.0

Duration Around 30-35 hours of blended learning including attendance-based workshops and distance learning online

International Students
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.

For up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home/EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage.

Additional Course Costs

This course may have additional course costs


In the academic year 2019/19, we awarded approximately £41 million in scholarship funding to postgraduate students. The University is also part of a number of prestigious government Scholarship schemes, including Chevening, Fulbright, Commonwealth and Marshall.

Former students have gone on to publish and disseminate their work in a range of academic and professional contexts. Our graduates occupy a range of relevant roles predominately in the HE sector, while some have transferable skills they take in to the private and public sectors. PhD opportunities are available at Warwick within the Centre for Lifelong Learning and the Warwick Institute for Employment Research.

There are a number of different ways to visit the University of Warwick throughout the year. We host bespoke PG visits, where you can talk directly with your chosen department and explore our campus through a personalised tour. Some departments also host their own events and open days, where you can learn more about your department or course of study. To find out more about all of these opportunities, visit our Postgraduate Visits page.