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.
Guidance from her college lecturers helped DCG student Ashley Grell stay motivated while she worked towards her level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma in Business.
Ashley, now aged 21, came to the East Midlands in 2017 from the Caribbean island of St Maarten where she had been studying business. Keen to further her qualifications and go onto university, she enrolled at the Roundhouse after Derby College was recommended to her by a friend.
Now on a BA Hons Business Entrepreneurship and Innovation degree course at De Montfort University in Leicester, Ashley plans to establish a hotel venture here in Britain and in her home country.
She said: “I liked the social life and the campus facilities at the Roundhouse but the best thing about my college course was the quality of the teaching. I had not had that level of support from teachers back home and I hadn’t expected to get so much guidance on my BTEC course.
“At Derby College we had regular one-to-ones with our lecturers. They were always there to help us and see if we were ok. I think it really helps you stay motivated when teachers guide you in your learning. Derby College teachers are equipped with the skills and acumen needed to teach other students, and the College should definitely be recommended more.”
Ashley did well on her BTEC course, receiving a Student of the Month Award in December 2019 and leaving college with three D*s.
She is now considering taking a master’s degree after she’s graduated, but her ultimate goal is to set up a hotel business.
Ashley added: "I came up with the idea because the hotels in my home country are much more luxurious than here in Britain, with their own pools etc. I’d like to bring my experience of living there and the hotels I’m used to in St Maarten to the UK hotel market. I’ve always been entrepreneurial – I also currently have my own skincare business.”
At Derby College we had regular one-to-ones with our lecturers. They were always there to help us and see if we were ok. I think it really
helps you stay motivated when teachers guide you in your learning. Derby College teachers are equipped with the skills and acumen needed to teach other students, and the College should definitely be recommended more.