The programme leading to Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and MSc award in Adult Guidance is designed to support the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) needs of adult guidance professionals. The course is modular in format, giving each student maximum flexibility in planning an individual programme. Study guides help to minimise attendance but tutorial support is available through face-to-face workshops and a range of technologies.
The course integrates with other Faculty of Education postgraduate provision, allowing progression to higher degree studies. Facilities exist for the Accreditation of Prior Formal Learning (APFL) and the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). Tailored arrangements for groups of employees can be negotiated.
First degree or relevant professional qualification, or a combination of qualifications and experience demonstrating capacity for postgraduate study. Applicants should be employed in a professional post allowing study of the practice of adult guidance or have access to comparable opportunities. All applicants will have the opportunity of a pre-entry interview.
Note: the next cohort of students will commence on Monday 22nd September 2008 (subject to sufficient applications).
Please note that the closing date for the receipt of completed application forms is Friday 12th September 2008.
* Aimed at practitioners offering guidance to adults making choices about education, training, employment and personal development
* Academic rigour: modelling important values and principles; establishing a culture of enquiry based on the integration of research and theory and its application to practice
* Supporting the development of practice competence by encouraging reflection on alternative theoretical perspectives and policy
* Developing transferable skills in communication, the use of new technology, and critical evaluation.
* Progression from Postgraduate Certificate to Diploma/MSc and research degrees.
The Certificate is made up of three core modules, plus an elective module (60 SM credits). The Diploma involves completion of the Certificate programme and is made up of one core module, one elective module and one option module (120 SM credits). The MSc involves, in addition, the preparation of a 15,000 word thesis on an adult guidance topic (180 SM credits).
* The Organisation and Practice of Adult Guidance
* Using Information Resources in Adult Guidance
* Counselling Skills in Adult Guidance
* Work Based Learning Agreement (Diploma)
Option Modules (Diploma only)
* Professional and Ethical Issues in Guidance
* Additional Support Needs and Adult Guidance
* Individual student choice in line with current University and Faculty Modular Masters Scheme (MMS) policy.
Outline Module Descriptors:
* Outline Module Descriptors For Postgraduate Certificate Adult Guidance
* Outline Module Descriptors For Postgraduate Diploma Adult Guidance
Who is the course aimed at:
* Front line guidance staff and professionals with a guidance role from a range of organisations
Previous participants have attended from the following sectors:
* Further Education Colleges
* Voluntary organisations
* British Forces Education Service
* Community Education
* Private Training Providers
* National Health Trusts
* Adult Guidance Networks
Some of the benefits for professionals:
* Professional and personal development
* Flexible delivery
* Opportunity to match theory with practice
* Can progress to Diploma and MSc