MEd/PgDip/PgCert Adult Guidance

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This part-time programme is aimed at practitioners offering guidance to adults making choices about education, training, employment and personal development.

The programme leading to Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and MEd 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.


Entry Requirements

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.

The closing date for applications for the next course is 18 September 2015.

Key Features:

  • 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/MEd and research degrees.

Course Structure

The Certificate is made up of three core modules (60 SM credits). The Diploma involves completion of the Certificate programme and is made up of one core module and one option module (120 SM credits). The MEd involves, in addition, a mandatory module on Research Methods and the preparation of an 8000-10,000 word thesis on an adult guidance topic (180 SM credits).

Core Modules:

Dates for workshops in 2015-16

The Organisation and Practice of Adult Guidance – 6th and 7th October 2015

Interviewing and Counselling Skills in Adult Guidance – 12th and 13th January 2016

Using Information Resources and Marketing Strategies – 27th and 28th April 2016

The first two day workshop for the Certificate programme will be held on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th October 2015. This workshop will cover induction into the programme and group discussion and group exercises for the first module – The Organisation and Practice of Adult Guidance. 

The Organisation and Practice of Adult Guidance - Aims to help students to understand the historical aspects of adult guidance and to engage in critical reflection on a range of key issues affecting the organisation and practice of adult guidance in their workplace.


Counselling Skills and Interviewing Techniques in Adult Guidance - Aims to enable participants to use counselling skills and interviewing techniques  effectively with their clients in a way that is consistent with good practice and the person-centred theory of counselling and of adults’ learning.

Using Information Resources and Marketing Strategies in Adult Guidance - Aims to help students to engage in critical reflection and utilization of a range of information resources.  It will promote effective working relationships between staff involved in guidance and marketing to meet client needs.

Work Based Learning Agreement (Diploma) - A Work Based Learning Agreement (WBLA) is essentially a formal agreement between the student and a University tutor regarding a piece of work to be undertaken  in the workplace.

Option Modules (Diploma only)

Professional and Ethical Issues in Guidance - This module offers students an opportunity to explore the ethics of adult guidance through examples of issues drawn from a range of educational and vocational guidance contexts.

Additional Support Needs and Adult Guidance - To enable students to reflect on their adult guidance practice to ensure that issues of inclusion and equality are paramount in their workplace.

Elective Modules:

  • Option modules may also be selected from other Masters programmes

Module Cost:

  • The current cost is £345 per module for Home students. Different costs apply for some overseas students.

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 and Higher Education Colleges
  • Voluntary organisations
  • British Forces Education Service
  • Community Education
  • Private Training Providers
  • National Health Trusts
  • Careers Service
  • Local Councils

Some of the benefits for professionals:

  • Professional and personal development
  • Flexible delivery
  • Opportunity to match theory with practice
  • Can progress to Diploma and MEd




Testimonials - Moreida Lord, Staff Development Manager, Aberdeen College

Aberdeen College were asked why they had committed to offer the PG Certificate to 19 of their guidance staff (the university staff held the workshops on an outreach basis at Aberdeen College)

Photo of course co-ordinator and some of the students.

Why did you choose the PG Certificate in Adult Guidance for your guidance staff?
Aberdeen College is committed to supporting the professional development needs of all its staff and has indicated a number of targets as part its Professional Development Strategy. One of these targets is to support all Guidance Tutors complete a relevant and up to date guidance qualification.

What was the reason that Aberdeen College decided to commit to CPD for all their guidance staff? 
Aberdeen College has made a commitment in its Professional Development Strategy to 'Support the continuing professional development of all our staff to ensure their skills and qualifications are up-to-date and that they are equipped to meet the needs of students and employers'. The College recognises that Guidance Tutors have a direct impact on the learning experience of its students.   The achievement of this qualification will ensure students receive the professional help and support they need to increase their personal autonomy and provide them with more informed choices.

Have you seen any benefits as a result of your staff undertaking this course?
Given the number of participants (19) the College invited Strathclyde University to deliver the modules on site. This has brought a number of benefits including widening the Guidance Tutors existing knowledge of the guidance process, improved practices in this process, greater confidence in dealing with guidance issues and not least supporting each other as a team in working towards achievement of the qualification. In the College HMIe Review of November 2007 our Guidance and Support function was graded Very Good with no major points for action and this can be seen to be a direct result of the effort and resources invested in this area.

The Adult Guidance Course is part of the M Ed programme further details of the whole programme can be found at:

Apply for the MEd/PgDip/PgCert Adult Guidance


Frances Stuart, Course Secretary

for Oct 2014 entry to part-time PG Diploma adult guidance (Admission Code : EDAUT2)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Oct 2014 entry to part-time MEd adult guidance (Admission Code : ADLTG2)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.


To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form, or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today. 

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Testimonials from Aberdeen College

Details Here

What our students say (May 2013)...

“It was quite daunting to return to this level of study after a long absence, but  I have found the Post-Graduate Adult Guidance Certificate/Diploma at Strathclyde to be great example of an alternative way to study within Higher Education. The structure of the course has enabled me to choose topics most relevant to the work I do and it has been a valuable CPD exercise, whilst also giving a formal qualification at Post Graduate level. This is a flexible and supportive model of blended learning and is great for those who cannot physically attend a university on a regular basis. I’ve found the tutors to be knowledgeable and approachable at all times and have never felt isolated, despite living and working over 500 miles away.”

(Richard Vivian, Adult Guidance Manager, Careers Guernsey) 

“The Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma in Adult Guidance provided me with the opportunity to study the theory around adult guidance, however, in addition I was able to undertake units which were work based projects, and as a result of this research improvements to our service delivery were implemented.  The workshops were excellent and the units studied were very well structured and relevant and I benefited by gaining a greater understanding of all the issues around adult guidance, and in particular adults with additional support needs. 

Support from the course leader and tutors was readily available and the opportunity to study at this level  while still working full-time was a major bonus. In my view this course provides relevant professional development and I have highly recommended it to other members of staff in my workplace.

I am currently a continuing student and my next course of study will be a Masters in Education.”

(Margaret Barrie, Guidance and Student Support Manager,  Adam Smith College, Fife)