QCF L6 Dip in Career Theory

This course is available for organisations to commission rather than for individuals. It is a two day learning programme that will provide the foundations for assessment of Career Theory. It directly reflects the performance criteria as outlined in the National Occupational Standards for Career Development. The first day focus on key concepts and the theory of career choice, the second day on theories of transition, motivation and avoidance. Unlike many QCF Level 6 theory programmes, the two days are highly practical, experimenting with how the theories manifest in a range of CEIAG approaches and tools.

Face to face delivery can be reduced to one day with a blended delivery approach

Delegates are provided with reading materials and links for further independent study.


To provide an understanding of traditional and current career theory together with its practical application.


By the end of the two days delegates will be able to:

  • Analyse the role of research in creating evidence based practice
  • Critically evaluate the key concepts of career and career management and their relevance in the modern employment, education and training landscape
  • Analyse the concepts of supporting, enabling and empowerment
  • Clarify the relationship between advice, guidance and coaching
  • Critically analyse a range of traditional theories of career choice, decision making and avoidance
  • Analyse theories of how people learn and their to application career planning and development
  • Critically analyse theories of change management
  • Evaluate how to support clients to take advantage of unplanned events
  • Critically analyse theories of motivation and transition, evaluating motivational techniques that reflect these theories
  • Evaluate application of theories, concepts and models to support own practice

Target Audience

Those undertaking QCF6 and also qualified practitioners who seek an update on career theory

Overview of the 2 days (Face-to-face)

Day 1

  • Welcome and introductions
  • The value of theory.
  • The role of research in creating an evidence base for CEIAG
  • Key concepts: definitions of ‘Career’
  • Career Development and Career Management
  • Activity: using metaphor to explain the changing nature of career and the resources needed for the journey
  • The relationship between Information, Advice, Guidance and Coaching: support, enabling and empowering
  • Overview of career choice theory: Historical timeline
  • Critique of traditional theory: differentialism, opportunity structuralism, developmentalism
  • The birth of post modern theory: social learning.
  • Understanding how people learn.
  • Practical application of social learning theory
  • The practical application of constructivism and narrative theory
  • How to explore client’s constructs in the guidance process.
  • Methods for incorporating subjectivity and developing informed intuition with clients.
  • The importance of imagination and metaphor
  • Community Interaction theory
  • Overview of the theory and practical application. The significance, context, culture and community. The role of social networking.

Day 2

  • Welcome
  • The role of chance in career decision making: Planned Happenstance
  • Practical application: how to help people prepare for random events and create their own luck
  • Theories of transition and change management
  • Theories of motivation and avoidance
  • The importance of mindset
  • How the brain works: neuroscience and the possibility of changing mindset
  • Introduction to Motivational approaches:  Cognitive behavioural coaching, solution focused coaching. Practical application
  • Introduction to Motivational Interviewing
  • Motivational Interviewing in practice
  • DVD clip
  • Integrating the methods through visioning
  • Kinaesthetic and imaginative approaches to creating inspiration
  • Practical application continued.

Delegate evaluations

“Excellent programme, delivered very well. I feel more confident and can’t wait to try out some of the activities”Gulshan Bi, Bradford College

“An excellent two days – I enjoyed the chance to discuss professional practice out of a work setting”Wendy Townend, Huddersfield New College

“Excellent course – I have come away with a fresh perspective on career theory and practice and a range of tools and ideas that I can use in the future”,John Dawe, Bedford Academy