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Career Education, Information and Guidance in HE (PGDip) (2021 Entry)

  • Course Code
  • P-L576
  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Taught
  • Qualification
  • PGDip
  • Duration
  • Part-time: up to 3 1/2 years
  • (See entry requirements for more information)
  • Location of Study
  • University of Warwick

The PG Diploma in Career Education, Information and Guidance in Higher Education provides a thorough training for today's higher education careers and employability professional. The flexible nature of this course allows you to complete the core modules and then follow an individual track through the optional modules linked to your working role.

The Postgraduate Diploma provides thorough training for today’s higher education careers and employability professional. 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

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

Optional Modules

Previously, a selection of the following options has been offered:

  • Technology, E-learning and the Web
  • Career Coaching (Information, Advice and Guidance)
  • Employability and Career Development Learning
  • Group Work
  • Employer Engagement and Labour Markets
  • Guidance Skills (Advanced)
  • Management of Higher Education Career and Employability Services
  • Marketing the Service
  • Psychometric Assessment
  • Research in Professional Practice (core for MA)
  • Work Experience in Higher Education


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. You will start with the core modules, firstly, Career Development Theories and then Challenges of Careers Work in Higher Education. These modules run twice a year.

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 attendance-based or residential workshops. The precise blend varies according to each module and is explained in the relevant module section.

Class Sizes

Vary between 5-40 students dependent on the module.


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. You must be working in a higher education career and employability development 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 The course lasts up to 3.5 years and you are able to complete earlier if your circumstances allow.

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.

Our graduates occupy a range of relevant career development roles in the private and public sectors Former students have gone on to publish and disseminate their work in a range of academic and professional contexts. 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.