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Career Guidance and Development: CPD Course 1

CIAG Practitioner-Led Research 1 (Research in the Workplace: Research Proposal)


Do you want to be able to use your workplace as basis for research in the career development sector, but unsure of where to start?  Perhaps you have a specific client group whose needs you’d like to better understand, or a project to evaluate? This course is ideal for you if you are looking to take your first steps into research, support others to engage in research or to take on a smaller project before completing our top-up MSc dissertation module.  The follow up course, CIAG Practitioner-Led Research 2 (Research Project) supports you to complete the data collection, write up and promotion of your research activity.

Audience: careers advisers; career counsellors; career coaches; career development professionals; career leaders; career managers


This module is delivered entirely online.

The module is an SCQF Level 11 module, equivalent to 5 credits.

There is approximately five hours of live content with the course tutor.  This is likely to take place on Zoom or Microsoft Teams. More information will be given to delegates in advance of course commencement. Participants are also required to take part in one 30 minute verbal discussion and allocate sufficient time to work through the online resources on our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).





Session 1

May 2022

Finding and funding a project

Session 2

May 2022

Justifying your idea

Session 3

June 2022

Proposing your methods

Session 4

June 2022

1-2-1 verbal feedback on research proposal

Assessment by June 2022

1,500 word written proposal

Students will receive feedback on the written assessments.


Student Feedback

Feedback from previous students on this course:

“This course provided me with a gentle first step into understanding how to become an ethical researcher. The course helped me develop my understanding on how to carry out research effectively… it provides a strong foundation to progressing onto the master's programme. Sessions were delivered in 'bitesize' parts which were well structured and led me to feeling confident in preparing my research proposal. The course has been enjoyable and has had a positive and supportive environment. It has also provided us with the opportunity to discuss our ideas with other students participating on the course.” (Larry Hansen, studied the course in 2022.)



This course may be available on a fully funded basis to some delegates through either the National Transition Training Fund or the Upskilling Fund.  Further details, including regarding eligibility, are available under Funding Support. 

If you are eligible for funding on this basis, a registration fee of £75 only is required to join the course.  If you have any questions, or would like to register your interest in accessing either fund, please contact us at 

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