Supporting Career Learning and Development University of Sunderland Certificate of Postgraduate Study

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Make a positive contribution to young people's career decisions. Help them to plan effectively and make informed choices. Continue your own professional development.

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This course starts by examining the legal framework under which schools operate and the basic qualifications structure in the UK. You will then investigate real-world strategies for how schools, as learning organisations, can implement programmes that help young people to make effective career decisions. There is an emphasis on cross-curricular provision of resources and the usage of Labour Market Information (LMI) to help with career planning.

By the end of the course, you will have a clear understanding of the theoretical aspects of career learning and development as well as the practical implications for their delivery within your school or college.

Contact time at the University will be six full days, which are spread over six months. 

Why us?

  • The flexible nature of the course makes it easier to combine your studies with your usual job at a school, college or other educational establishment
  • You will also undertake independent study, some of which will be linked to your current workplace

Course structure

During the six days at the University you will learn in small groups through informal workshops. We encourage you to share practical experiences and to explore good practice. The course leader has over 25 years’ experience of working in Career Education and Guidance as a practitioner, manager and trainer.

Assessment methods include a written case study that demonstrates your understanding of theories of career choice, a report on the careers education and guidance provision in your school/college, and a presentation.

Course content

  • Supporting Career Learning and Development (30 credits)

The learning outcomes are as follows:


  • Critical understanding of theories of career choice and their impact on career education and guidance practice
  • Critical understanding of the contribution of career education and guidance to learner career development and progression, including the legal and policy framework
  • Understanding of the qualifications framework
  • Understanding of key concepts in the design, content and delivery of career development programmes


  • The ability to design and present a career education programme
  • Critical evaluation of sources of information including LMI (Labour Market Information) to help learners in their career research and planning

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This course is based at the Priestman Building on our City Campus, just a few minutes from the main Murray Library and close to Sunderland city centre. Thanks to a major renovation programme, the Priestman Building provides state-of-the-art teaching space and resources as part of a vibrant and outward-looking learning environment.

Entry requirements

We usually require applicants to have an honours degree.

There are no other specific entry requirements. We encourage you to contact us if you think the course could be useful in terms of helping your pupils/students and continuing your own professional development.

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Fees and finance

 The fee for this course is £675.

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