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About the course

Whether you have a degree in graphic design, or a background in business, Solent’s unique blended learning PGC Professional Development Planning will help you better plan your career development. You’ll enhance your professional development skills to help boost employability within your chosen industry. Or you could work towards changing your career direction.

Delivery of this unique, flexible course is predominantly online. Online learning is supported by attending two Saturdays at our East Park Terrace campus. You’ll have the opportunity for one-to-one feedback with your tutor online, as well as peer support through the sessions. You’ll also be encouraged and supported to seek relevant work placements and work experience.

The course will enable you to discover and reflect on aspects such as your work preferences, strengths and areas for development. You’ll also explore your resilience and conflict style, effectiveness and career interests.

The programme encourages self-reflection based on key theories, strategies and tools related to professional development planning. By the end of the course, you’ll have a clearer idea of your future career trajectory and the competencies and skillsets required by employers.

To aid study you’ll be introduced to a range of research, enquiry, and analytical tools and approaches to enhance your understanding of relevant industry areas. These will help you identify your place in the industry and articulate your potential contribution to the sector.

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This course is delivered part-time on a Saturday.
Saturday delivery

The course is delivered through blended learning. Delivery is mainly online, with two Saturdays spent on campus.

What does this course lead to?

The course encourages you to consider your work preferences and career development planning. You’ll look at career progression within your chosen industry, or begin to explore jobs that you haven’t previously considered, but which could enhance your long-term career prospects.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideally suited to graduates who are looking to take the next step in their career. This could be by enhancing skills to boost employability within their chosen industry or with a view to embarking on a new career path.

As the course is delivered online, with two Saturdays spent at the University, students are able to tailor their learning to fit around their work or other commitments.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island total course fee: £2,460
International fees: Students from outside the EU are usually unable to obtain a visa for part-time study. Please visit our  visas and immigration page for more information.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

The 2020/21  other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Optional costs:
There is a requirement to attend two Saturday sessions at Solent University. Subsidised accommodation may be available, however transport to Southampton and accommodation costs are not included in the fees.

Bursaries and scholarships

We will be offering a number of Vice-Chancellor Scholarships to eligible applicants for the entire cost of the tuition fee (£3,000 in 2018/19). To be eligible, you must be a Solent University 2018 graduate and be unemployed or not employed in a graduate level job. For more details, please contact

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

An undergraduate degree in any subject.

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.5 overall with minimum of 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in reading, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL IBT 92 with minimum of 22 in writing and a minimum of 19 in reading, listening and speaking 
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.


Solent alumni save up to 50% on their tuition fees

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Applications for postgraduate courses can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. However, we strongly recommend you apply at your earliest convenience.

Please ensure you upload the following mandatory documents with your application.

  • Copy of your CV
  • Certified transcripts of qualifications, including English language proficiency if non-UK student
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of current visa (if applicable)
  • A personal statement
  • Employer sponsor form where appropriate


Starts on 21 September 2020

Alumni discount

Solent alumni could be eligible for up to a 50% reduction of tuition fees if returning to study a postgraduate course. The discount applied will be dependent on your undergraduate degree classification as follows:

Solent Alumni with a:

  • First (1.1) will be offered a 50% discount to study at PG level
  • 2.1 or 2.2 will be offered a 20% discount to study at PG level

The discount applied will be based on the most recently completed course.

If you are currently a student at Solent University and are continuing on without a break in your studies, your discount will be automatically applied on your return.

If are not following directly on from a course at Solent University, but have studied with us in previous years, you will need to register for the alumni discount.

Click here to register or to find out more

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What you'll study

Core modules

  • Global Career Learning & Leadership
  • Industry Analysis


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support


You’ll have full access to Solent’s virtual learning environment – Solent Online Learning (SOL). The platform provides access to online activities and resources as part of your learning experience at Solent University. Students are able to participate in forums to communicate with peers and lecturers, and use SOL to submit assessments online.

You’ll be supported by a tutor who will work with you on a one-to-one basis to tailor the course to your specific requirements.

Your future

The course encourages you to consider your work preferences and career development planning. You’ll look at career progression within your chosen industry, or begin to explore jobs that you haven’t previously considered, but which could enhance your long-term career prospects.

Industry links

The School and the Solent Futures team have strong local and national industry links. Solent Futures works with regional employers to help students find work experience or placements, and graduates take the first step in their career.


The course encourages all students to undertake work experience alongside their studies. You’ll be required to source your own opportunities for work experience - this will be supported by your tutor and the Solent Futures team.

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