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Career Development Theories (PGA) (2021 Entry)

  • Course Code
  • P-L562
  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Taught
  • Qualification
  • PGA
  • Duration
  • Part-time: 1 year
  • Location of Study
  • University of Warwick

Career Development Theories PGA is designed for applicants from a wide range of backgrounds. Gain a comprehensive understanding of classic and contemporary career development theories and develop confident and creative practices at Warwick's Centre for Lifelong Learning.

This postgraduate award aims to develop systematic knowledge and comprehensive understanding of classic and contemporary career development theories from a range of discipline areas. It will also develop confident and creative practice informed by key career development concepts. You will learn to cultivate innovative and effective practice appropriate to a range of relevant roles e.g. career-related one-to-one work, group work, employer liaison, online provision, management and marketing.

Core Modules

  • Career Development Theories


30 hours of blended learning consisting of intensive all-day workshops with further materials provided via a virtual learning environment supported by core reading available electronically and tutorial.

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

Vary between 20-40 students dependent on the module.


The assignment consists of a 5,000 word project (100%).

Minimum requirements This course is designed for applicants from a wide range of backgrounds, including individuals who are currently involved in career development and coaching support, those who wish to work in these areas and/or those who are interested in studying for personal interest. You must be 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

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 Cost

This course may have additional course costs.

Graduates from these courses have gone on to work for employers including: Age UK; Coventry City Council; Department for Work and Pensions; Refugee Council; Unicef UK and the University of Cambridge. They have pursued roles such as: further education teaching professionals; human resources administrative occupations; psychologists; social workers and vocational and industrial trainers and instructors.

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
  • Transferable skills for counselling
  • Effective applications for counselling
  • Effective applications for PGDE
  • Interview skills for PGDE

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.