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Welcome to Space4Careers, the blog of the Centre for Career & Personal Development at Canterbury Christ Church University. This blog does what it says on the tin, it provides an opportunity for anyone who is interested in all aspects of careers work to find a little bit of space in their busy lives to think about current issues and trends. If you like or dislike, agree or disagree with what you see, please respond and let us have your views. We'd love to hear from you.

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Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Boost to career prospects with a student loan for CCPD programmes

For the first time new students beginning their part-time course on or after 1 September 2012 won’t have to pay any tuition fees up front and will instead be able to apply for a Tuition Fee Loan.  The Tuition Fee Loan isn’t based on household income and there’s no upper age limit for applying.

This means that for potential students who are not high earners, there has never been a better time to enrol on a part-time course.  Although tuition fees are at their highest level ever, student loans to cover the full fees are available.  These loans need not be repaid until the course has finished and until earnings are over £21,000 per year.  Most part-time students will be able to get a Tuition Fee Loan.

One programme which qualifies for such a loan, run by the Centre for Personal and Career Development at CCCU, is the Foundation Degree in Supporting Young People. For applicants who do not already have a qualification at this level, applications can be made for a loan to cover the full cost of the fees while the student is studying.  Students only have to repay the loan once they have completed the two year part time programme (three years to obtain the full BA Degree) and are earning over £21,000 per year.  Full details about this course are available on our website at www.canterbury.ac.uk/education/ccpd

Students studying on the Foundation degree

For those with a disability, long-term health condition, mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia or dyspraxia, extra help may be available through Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs).

Helpful information is available at the Government’s Direct Gov website

For more details of the Student Loan scheme including eligibility rules and how to apply, visit Student Finance England.  

Student Finance England:

A Martin Lewis video providing some excellent impartial advice on the changes to student finance for part-time students which is well worth watching:


“Studying part time for a higher education qualification could boost your career prospects, while the flexibility it offers, allows you to balance your studies with personal or family circumstances and work commitments.”

Student Finance England

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Centre for Career and Personal Development offer new online course

The Centre for Career and Personal Development at CCCU is currently recruiting for a new type of career guidance course.
The Certificate in Career Guidance and Development is now available through the ‘e-learning’ option of studying solely through their pc.   This is an online version of the popular course which is now available to people anywhere.   This is aimed at careers practitioners who need to boost their qualifications to meet the Level 6 requirement.  It covers the underpinning theory for the new work-based Level 6 qualification.  This certificate can also provide a stepping stone to later complete the MA in Career Guidance.
The course covers:
  1. Introduction to reflective practice.  
  2. An overview of Career Guidance theory and its application. 
  3. An overview of Career Development theory and its application.
  4. Approaches to equality and diversity – opportunities and challenges for career guidance practice.
  5. Labour market research, trends and theory. 
And is delivered 100% online through lectures, case studies, discussion groups and tutorial feedback. Assessment involves undertaking two short pieces of work: a Reflective Evaluation of a 1:1 guidance session with a client and  a Report on an aspect of the Labour Market. These are also submitted and marked online.
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Alison Fielding and Rebecca Tee, Senior Lecturers at CCPD, said:  “For those wanting to study from home, who want to design their own learning around other commitments and who need to get a Level 6 qualification wherever they live, this e:learning option is ideal.” 
We are recruiting throughout the year.  Contact us for more information about this and any of our programmes and courses: 

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Centre for Career and Personal Development recruiting for all courses

The Centre for Career and Personal Development at CCCU is currently recruiting for a wide range of courses in career guidance and allied work.

The Centre offers courses in careers work at every level, from the Certificate in Careers Education and Guidance for careers co-ordinators and the MA in Career Guidance for those wishing to join the Guidance profession. 
For those wanting to study from home, the Centre offers an option of some home and some University study in a ’blended’ course in Career Coaching.  There is also the full ‘e-learning’ option of studying for the Certificate in Career Guidance and Development solely online. 
Recent graduates from the MA in Career Guidance celebrating their success

Hazel Reid, Centre Director said:
“We are proud of the quality of the courses we teach here – together with first class staff, a lively careers community and excellent facilities.  We welcome enquiries from anyone interested in finding out more.” 

Jane Westergaard, Course Director for the Foundation Degree in Supporting Young People, said:  “We teach this innovative course at locations in London, Essex and Kent.  It is a really effective way for non-traditional learners to get themselves a degree based on the work that they do every day with young people.  They study part-time and it gives people a way in to a qualification that fits with their everyday work environment.” 
This programme leads on to the full BA Honours Degree in Supporting Young People after a further year’s study.  Alison Fielding, Programme Director, said:
“It is great seeing people progress in their academic life.  Students in their BA year have the opportunity to undertake a research project and to write about their findings.  There is always an exciting variety of topics that the students choose to research.”
Contact us for more information about any of our programmes and courses: