This qualification has been designed to provide a statement of competence which testifies to candidates' ability to work with practitioners and clients to achieve clients' objectives. It recognises that employment in the advice and guidance sectors involves a diverse range of functions, tasks and activities that are constantly developing in the light of changing client needs.
You will need to be involved in providing specialised advice and guidance services to clients. This could include offering careers education guidance, advocacy or mediation services. The range of services involved may include government agencies, schools, colleges, universities, prison services or trade unions.
In addition to having good ICT skills, you must be willing to use and maintain an eportfolio of evidence.
There are five mandatory units:
There is also a range of optional units you will complete. These could include liaising with other services, facilitating learning in groups, providing support for other practitioners, and undertaking research for the service and its clients. These will be decided by matching your job role to the list of optional units and selecting those for which you are able to generate evidence of your performance in the workplace.
You will be assessed on the job, using a range of methods including the production of evidence such as case histories, products of work, questions, witness testimonies, professional discussions and observations.
These will be uploaded into an electronic portfolio.
There is a range of opportunities available to those who have completed this course, including Administration, Management or Learning and Development qualifications.
When teenager Rufaro Hwindingwi left school after her GCSEs, she was unsure which career was right for her.
The teenager went to a Derby College enrolment day with an idea that business might be a good path to follow. Now she is studying Level 2 business and has a part-time job with award-winning Derby estate agents Hannells.
She also has her sights set on Business at Level 3, before going on to university to a take a Business Management Degree and then a Masters.
But Rufaro, 17, explained that initially she planned to follow her mother into health and social care...but the subject was not her main passion.
She liked the style and content of Derby College's module based Level 2 business course saying she prefers coursework to exam-based learning.
Rufaro said she has studied eight units, with areas including the techniques and purpose of branding and the value of brand recognition, as well as how to be professional online, on the phone and face-to-face.
She has also learnt about managing cashflow, cashflow forecasts and how to analyse break even graphs and charts.
As part of her studies, Rufaro had two weeks' work experience with Hannells Estate Agents through its Academy link with Derby College.
Hannells area sales manager Victoria Downing said: "Derby College's business course is designed to prepare students for the workplace. Rufaro really was outstanding. We were able to have a conversation about her working part-time with us, because we had an unfilled vacancy, and it's great to have her with us."
Derby College's Employer Academy programme aims to boost students' employability skills and job prospects as well as giving employers the opportunity to shape the college curriculum.
It also reduces employers' costs for recruiting young people into job and apprenticeship roles after their College course.
I'm going to continue with Hannells and then go onto Level 3 in business at Derby College. That's my next step. Then I'm thinking of a Business Management degree at Birmingham City University or the University of Birmingham. I think Business Management may be a base for another course, maybe a Masters.