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.
George Wright, 17, impressed MCF Loans’ Chief Executive Officer Melanie Elliot to such a degree that she suggested he should research the company in more depth and get in touch.Pride Park-based MCF is a Derby College business employment and skills academy board member, and George took part in the job skills interview exercise as part of his Business Studies First Diploma BTEC Level 2. George volunteered with MCF for a week. He liked what he saw and the company saw his potential which led to an interview for real.He is now working towards a Business Administration NVQ Level 2 with Derby College, while working as an apprentice with MCF.
If I’ve got any questions on my course I can email my lecturer Nicola Dean and she comes back to me within the hour with help and advice. Hopefully I’m progressing well at work, I’m enjoying it.