Edinburgh Napier University / Southpoint Education International

Pg Cert in Career Development

Postgraduate Certificate in Career Development


This is a distance-learning programme studied entirely online. The programme has been designed to develop you as a self-directed, independent learner. The online materials have been constructed in a way which will facilitate a structured order to your learning process. You will have access to guided readings and weekly tutor support.

The programme has been designed both for those working in career development, and for those aspiring to enter the field. You will develop a critical understanding of key issues in career development practice, applicable to a variety of roles. You will gain the knowledge required to exercise professional autonomy and initiative in educational, workplace or community settings.

This programme is offered for part-time study, fully online over one year (12 months). You will study three 20 credit postgraduate modules. One module is studied in each trimester. The modules are designed so that they can be studied in any sequence. You can enter the programme in September, January or May.

Reasons to study this programme and educational aims

At Edinburgh Napier University we aim to be recognised as a University that is professional, ambitious, innovative and inclusive. In our dealings with you we will act with respect and integrity. We will create an environment to enable you to feel proud to be a student of the University, to feel confident, challenged and supported.

This programme aims to develop your interest in and knowledge and understanding of career development to enable you to:

  • demonstrate knowledge that covers and integrates key issues in career development.
  • show awareness of a range of professional skills, techniques and practices associated with career development.
  • apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to issues of career development in a variety of contexts.
  • communicate using appropriate methods to a range of audiences with different levels of skill and expertise.
  • exercise professional autonomy and initiative in educational, workplace or community settings.
  • become a reflective career development practitioner.

Edinburgh Napier University is committed to delivering an excellent personalised student experience. You will be given the opportunity to acquire and develop many valuable practical skills such as the ability to collect, analyse, interpret and understand data and information. On completing this programme you will have been given opportunities.

Career Opportunities

This programme is relevant to work in the following roles:

  • Career advisers
  • Counsellors
  • Employment advisers
  • Educational guidance workers
  • Human resources professionals
  • Outplacement consultants
  • Employment agency staff
  • Executive/life coaches
  • Teachers (school or college) with career education responsibility
  • International student advisers
  • Mentor/volunteer/placement advisers
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Programme Delivery

The programme is constructed using compulsory modules. A compulsory module is a named individual module which is a compulsory part of a programme of study and must be successfully completed to gain the final award.

Trimester 1 (15 weeks) Trimester 2 (15 weeks) Trimester 3 (15 weeks)

Professional Contexts
for Career Development

20 Credits

Concepts for Career
Choice and Development

20 Credits

Educational and
Vocational Guidance

20 Credits


  • Professional Contexts for Career Development

    This module introduces you to the importance of context in career development practice. Labour markets, public policy, and institutional arrangements all influence the nature of career development work. Issues of equality and social justice are highlighted in this module.

  • Concepts for Career Choice and Development

  • Educational and Vocational Guidance


  • Assessments are completed and submitted through the secure learning environment. The schedule for assessments is published in advance. There are no formal exams – assessment is by end of unit quizzes and end of module assignments.
  • The programme has three modules. You may undertake one module per trimester which may allow you to graduate after one year’s study.
Admissions Criteria
  • A bachelor’s degree with honours (class 2:2 or above) in any discipline.
  • other qualifications or experience which demonstrate through our recognition of prior learning process that you have appropriate knowledge and skills.

The programme has been designed both for those working in career development, and for those aspiring to enter the field. It is not necessary therefore for applicants to be in relevant employment.

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