Professional Development

A Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial bank loan for learners to help pay for work-related learning. Learners can borrow from £300 to £10,000 from a participating bank to help support their course.

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This Master's degree in career management and coaching offers a unique combination of in-depth study of career management, counselling and coaching with practical training in career coaching skills. It includes a placement with the Birkbeck Careers and Employability Service, the development of research skills and the academic study of behaviour at work.

The founders of www.careermap.co.uk and the careers guidance publication Careermag are launching a new live careers advice tool for young people this summer (2018). The website and magazine combined receive around 70,000 unique visits each month from young people who are looking for inspiration in the early careers market.

Careermap.co.uk are planning to pilot a Live Online Careers Advice Clinic once a week for 4 hours, and will be encouraging young people to log in and access (live chat) and impartial career advice and guidance from professionally qualified career advisers (Level 6 or above and ideally on the UK Register of Career Development Professionals). If you are a qualified practitioner and would like to help to get this new service off the ground, initially as a volunteer, please send a short covering email and your CV to Colin@careermap.co.uk.

These are predominantly full time Masters Programmes although some may be offered part time or by distance learning.

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Bishop Auckland College: www.bacoll.ac.uk

NVQ Diploma Advice & Guidance Level 4
Flexible start dates
Cost £1650.00 (an Advanced Learner Loan is available)

Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development
Flexible start dates
Cost as advertised 2017: £2495.00

Contact 01388 443 000 e-mail: start@bacoll.ac.uk

Careerworks: www.careerworks.org

Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Advice & Guidance
Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Advice & Guidance
Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Career Information and Advice
Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development
Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development (units 2, 3 and 6) Top up from Level 4
Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development (units 21, 22, 23) Aimed specifically at those involved in careers education.
Flexible start dates
Cost: please contact the provider
Contact: 07818 595463 e: info@careerworksgroup.co.uk

Gateshead Adult Education Service www.gateshead.gov.uk/learningSkills

Level 3 Advice and Guidance
Level 4 Advice and Guidance
Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development
Flexible days and start dates
Cost: please contact the provider
Contact the service on 0191 4338516 or e-mail: learningSkills@gateshead.gov.uk

Hartlepool College www.hartlepoolfe.ac.uk

Level 3 Advice and Guidance
Level 4 Advice and Guidance
Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development
Contact the college for start dates, cost and availability of funding.
Contact: 01429 295000
Online enquiry form at: www.hartlepoolfe.ac.uk/contact

Other providers may also offer some of the relevant qualifications.

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