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Coaching and Career Studies Flexible Postgraduate and Professional Development Opportunities



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Introduction Phil McCash teaches on a range of subjects including career development theories, vocation, career development learning and labour markets. He also supervises student research projects. Research interests Phil is interested in the re-imagination of career development in the workplace, education and the wider community, and has pioneered a research-informed approach to this subject. He is currently researching Jungian and post-Jungian depth psychological perspectives and their relationship to career development.

Gill Frigerio teaches on modules relating to career coaching, learning from work experience, vocation and calling, management of career services, working with employers and labour markets. She also supervises student research projects. Research Interests Gill’s interests cover learning from work experience and its contribution to career development; theoretical perspectives on employability and implications for policy and practice; placement design; management of higher education career and employability services and theory and practice in career coaching. She is currently researching ‘career adaptability’ as a development tool for use with clients.

The course team is devoted to teaching and scholarship in the transdisciplinary fields of career development, coaching and work-related learning. Our work reflects new directions in these areas such as the growing interest in identity, meaning and metaphor. We specialise particularly in the integration of theory and practice and offer a range of postgraduate qualifications geared to professionals looking to broaden their knowledge, develop or further their career. The programmes are designed to suit a wide range of roles including: coaching, work-relating learning, talent management, staff development, outplacement, human resources, career coaching, training, people management, placement management, career advice,

career guidance, career counselling, career education, career information, employer liaison and informal career or personal development within home or community contexts. We have a long history of working successfully with employers to develop course provision tailored towards workplace needs. We integrate theory and practice throughout our teaching and many of the assignments are geared towards typical workplace tasks and problems. Several of our courses are designed in partnership or with the needs of professional bodies in mind such as the Association for Coaching (AC), the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) and the Career Development Institute (CDI).


MA in Career Development and Coaching Studies


MA in Career Development and Coaching Studies Flexible and modular approach over 1 to 4 years. Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate and named Postgraduate Awards are also available. This programme enables participants to develop a creative and reflective stance towards supporting the career development of others and working with colleagues to identify learning opportunities for personal and professional growth and talent management within their organisation. A particular feature of the course design is that participants are encouraged to make links between personal, initial and continuing professional development.

The courses use a flexible approach to enable attendance for those based overseas and/or with full-time work or other responsibilities. Each 20 credit module is taught via a blend of workshop-based and distance-learning. The workshops take place at the University of Warwick, usually on a Friday and Saturday. Participants attend between 2 and 6 workshops per year depending on how quickly they wish to move through their chosen course. The distance-learning elements are studied via the virtual learning environment and participants are able to make contact with others via the workshops and on-line forums.

Modules include; Career Development Theories Career Coaching and Counselling Career-related Learning Organisations and Labour Markets Career, Vocation and Calling Research Project

This course is designed for applicants from a wide range of backgrounds. This includes individuals who are currently involved in career development and coaching support, individuals who wish to work in these areas and those who are interested in studying these areas for personal interest.


MA in Management of Student Work Experience


MA in Management of Student Work Experience Flexible and modular approach over 1 to 6 years. Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate and named Postgraduate Awards are also available. These programmes have been developed to support the growing interest in work experience as a part of learners’ career development and employability. They are designed to integrate cutting-edge theory and practice, and offer continued professional development to a wide range of staff involved in student work experience. The courses enable practitioners to develop their knowledge and skills in relation to the following key areas of professional practice:

• Working with students and employers as users of the service, with particular reference to supporting work-related learning. • Working with educational institutions to establish links between the curriculum and student work experience. • The operational and strategic management of services to support work-related learning, in the current policy context. The course is taught through a blend of distance learning modules, supported by our online virtual learning environment, and attendance based modules offered over two teaching days at Warwick.

Modules include; The Recruitment Process Learning from Work Experience Employer Relations Marketing the Service Enhancing the Effectiveness of Your Service Research Project Management

This course is designed for applicants who are already working in a work-related learning role in a university, college, school or business.


MA in Career Education, Information and Guidance in Higher Education


MA in Career Education, Information and Guidance in Higher Education Flexible and modular approach over 1 to 6 years. Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate and named Postgraduate Awards are also available. The Career Studies Unit works closely with the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) to design and teach these renowned postgraduate courses in Career Education, Information and Guidance in Higher Education (CEIGHE). The programme involves engaging in both independent study and group learning. Its flexible nature means that participants plot an individual track through the course and use the virtual and physical learning environments to

make contact with others. Each module is taught via a blend of contact time and distance learning with the precise blend varying according to each module. The workshops are highly interactive and led by experienced AGCAS Trainers. The distance-learning elements are taught via a virtual learning environment and include use of multimedia materials and forums.

Modules include; Challenges of Careers Work in Higher Education Career Development Theories: Integrating Theory and Practice Career Development Learning Career Information Group Work Graduate Employers and Labour Markets Guidance Skills (Advanced) Management of Higher Education Career and Employability Services Marketing the Service Psychometric Assessment Research Project Training and Coaching Working with Higher Education Students in Further Education Work Experience in Higher Education

This course is designed for applicants who are already working in career development support within a higher education context. Applicants for the MA or PG Diploma must also have a minimum of three years relevant experience or have already gained a relevant professional qualification.

10 MA in Coaching


MA in Coaching The MA in Coaching takes place over two years, beginning in October each year. Participants will meet on one Saturday per month, each month excluding August. The MA is based on an actionlearning approach where participants explore issues in their coaching practice, focussing on specific needs relevant to their roles within their organisation. Participants will help improve performance, communication and relationships within the workplace by developing coaching practice and improving the performance of those they coach. Participants will also be expected to complete 72 hours of coaching practice

during the MA, with actual or practice clients, and to collect structured feedback from their clients. They will receive one-to-one supervision of their coaching practice from one of the course team through a 90 minute supervision session every three months during the course. They will also have the opportunity for peer or group supervision during action learning set meetings.

Modules include; The Practice of Coaching Approaches to Coaching Ethical and Organisational Issues in Coaching Research Project Use of the Self in Creating Effective Coaching Relationships

Participants must have at the outset an appropriate level of coaching skills and experience to enable them to engage in supportive and challenging conversations with other participants.

Applications of Coaching Dissertation Concrete Experience (doing / having an experience)

Active Experimentation (planning / trying out what you have learned)

Reflective Observation (reviewing / reflecting on the experience)

Abstract Conceptualisation (concluding / learning from the experience)

12 Students’ View

Employers’ View 13

Students’ View “It is structured in such a way that it is practically related to my place of work and my role, thus the theory is made explicitly relevant. The residential element to the course presents a great opportunity to network and develop ideas with peers at other universities and the distance learning allows the flexibility to fit the course with my role and reflect on how the learning relates to the workplace.” Amy Horne Career Education, Information and Guidance in Higher Education (CEIGHE)

Employers’ View “I have worked as a Mentor and Coach for several years and chose the postgraduate certificate because I wanted a professionally valued qualification to progress my career. What attracted me to this course is that it combines the career studies element and coaching. I was really impressed by the open day and felt very well informed prior to the course; the tutors have also been incredibly helpful. Although, I have found it academically challenging I am enjoying learning new theories, critically evaluating my practice, applying the theory in my current role as well as meeting and sharing best practice with other professionals.” Melissa Adams Career Development and Coaching Studies

“I see staff development as one of the soundest and most significant investments that I can make into my service and specifically choose to put staff through the professional qualifications offered by the CSU at Warwick because they have the greatest professional credibility across the sector both for careers advisory staff and colleagues working in the rapidly advancing work experience field.” Eluned Jones Director of Student Employability, Birmingham University

“Our staff participants have been challenged and energised by the programme. Their greater confidence, reflexivity and broader awareness of issues is evident. My own experience of the techniques used by the teaching team was equally inspiring.” Professor Helen E Higson OBE Professor of Higher Education Learning and Management Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Aston University

14 Entry Requirements and Application Information

Entry Requirements and Application Information All programmes are open to international, EU and domestic applicants, and entrants have been welcomed from a wide range of countries including the UK, China, USA, Norway and Australia. The University’s standard entrance requirement is an undergraduate degree graded at 2:2 or above and successful applicants must be able to produce written work of a good standard. Applicants with alternative qualifications or relevant experience are welcome to discuss these with the course leaders and all enquirers are welcome to arrange an informal discussion via telephone, or in person with the relevant course leader.

For more information about fees, the application process or to make an initial enquiry visit:

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Why Warwick? The University of Warwick is consistently ranked in the UK’s top ten. With a wide range of innovative and challenging courses offered over four faculties, Warwick aims to be within the top 50 in the world by 2015 (the University’s 50th anniversary). • Rated 7th in the last Research Assessment Exercise underlining Warwick’s position as one of the UK’s leading research universities (based on multifaculty institutions). • In the same exercise, 65% of Warwick’s research was ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ with a quality level of either 3* or 4*.

• Teaching staff with significant experience and expertise in this field. The University is located in the heart of England, 20 minutes from Birmingham, close to Stratford-uponAvon and an hour away from London by train. Whilst the campus has much greenery to be proud of, inside the buildings, ground-breaking research is taking place and academics and students are working together to further their knowledge and work towards new academic objectives and goals. 024 7657 4192 Glasgow




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