Module title: Career Counselling and Coaching

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CRG11121
Module leader: Susan Meldrum
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Social Science


2020/1, Trimester 1, BLENDED,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Susan Meldrum
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
The emphasis is on developing practical skills, supported by an understanding of the underpinning theoretical models of guidance and counselling and being able to critique their application, [LO1 & 2], and reflecting on the implications for their practice [LO3].
On campus students will receive face to face teaching; remote learning students will access lecturers via WebEx to introduce them to the skills and concepts in this module. For remote learners work place assessors will offer opportunities for practice interviews. [LO2, LO3&LO4]
Learning materials will also be available on Moodle.

Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills
The learning in this module represents core competency skills used in the career guidance workplace and thus significantly enhances employability. Learning the skills required to help others with their development planning facilitates deep learning in relation to personal development planning. The reflective writing assignment further supports the personal development planning and portfolio processes.

Research / teaching linkages
Teaching is informed by research evidence on the effectiveness of individual guidance work. Students are encouraged to use sources of professional research in writing their reflective report.

Supporting equality and diversity
Within their developing interview practice, students learn how to promote equality of opportunity to their clients and gain an understanding of individual differences. Students will receive constructive feedback on any stereotypical attitudes they may bring to guidance.

This module is designed to be suitable for international students as it contains no UK specific content. Readings include international career counselling literature. Some minor modifications to assessment in component one will be required to accommodate the needs of remote/overseas students.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment for the practical element will take the form of role play interviews and peer observation. Tutors and peers will offer feedback to students to aid the learning process. For remote learners work place assessors will offer opportunities for practice interviews. [LO2, LO3&LO4]
Students are then coached individually to develop their practice, across a minimum of six separate one-to-one career counselling events with real clients, normally secondary school pupils or service users attending a career guidance centre. This allows for the progressive development of practice skills.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will be by direct observation or audio recording of student performance. This facilitates rapid learning through tutor feedback reinforcing reflection. [LO2,LO3&LO4]
Throughout the module a reflective diary will be used to detail the critical reflections on interview performance. This will include feedback and observations from tutors, peers, workplace tutors and self, this will be underpinned by analysing and reflecting on how the underpinning theories and models have an influence on own developing practice [LO1&LO4]. In week 14 of trimester 1 this will be reviewed and feedback provided to support students in preparation for their summative written assignment. This is a reflective account, critically analysing the theories and models in detail. Students are required to understand their own developing practice in the light of this conceptual literature [LO1&LO4].

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Independent Learning Guided independent study 150
Face To Face Lecture 20
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 12
Online Guided independent study 18
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Practical Skills Assessment 50 2&3 1 HOURS= 12, WORDS= 0
Reflective Log 50 1&4 27 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module is intended to develop the skills, techniques and understanding necessary to deliver effective career guidance to individuals. You will be introduced to concepts from counselling and coaching psychology which underpin this module and their application in a career guidance context. The commonalities and differences between counselling and coaching will be explored.
A key element is learning how to develop and sustain constructive working relationships with individual clients and becoming skilled at supporting clients to identify and address their career development needs.
Your practical skills will be developed by background reading, observing experienced practitioners, using role-play, feedback on performance, discussion and reflecting on practice.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Compare, contrast, and analyse models of guidance and relevant theoretical concepts derived from counselling or coaching and consider how these can inform practice in a career guidance context.
LO2: Apply a range of skills to establish, develop and maintain a one-to-one professional relationship suited to the context, needs and characteristics of clients
LO3: Develop a range of skills and techniques to support individuals to identify and address their career development needs and decisions.
LO4: Critically reflect on own performance in individual interventions, making use of feedback, and demonstrate the capacity to engage in constructive professional dialogue.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
CRG11121 Career Counselling and Coaching