Career guidance

This is highest level vocational qualification within Careers and Advice Sector that provides valuable opportunities for individuals to develop their skills and knowledge in the workplace to reach a professional standing within their field. It has been specifically designed for those working in a higher/ management role within career guidance to young people or adults, and who are required to apply career guidance theories and models to support clients in making realistic and informed decisions and plans regarding new learning or training opportunities and career planning.

Can I Do This Level 6 Without a Level 4 Qualification

If you’re in a level 6 role with its associated responsibilities then yes you can can go straight to the Level 6 qualification. However if you are not in this  role or have this level of responsibility then a level 4 would be the best way to start.

Click here for the Level 4

Mandatory  Units

The qualification covers mandatory units in guidance skills, including agreeing a contract, exploration of client needs and client development action plans. Other units cover managing career information and LMI, working with other agencies, and understanding career guidance theories. Practitioners will also be expected to reflect on their practice and professional development.

Optional Units

careers advice and guidanceThere are also a wide range of optional units to choose from to suit the role of the practitioner including use of diagnostic and assessment tools, delivering career related group sessions and undertaking research of behalf of the service. This qualification is likely to be mandatory for all career guidance practitioners in the future. It is regarded by the profession as the level required for entry to the Professional Register of Guidance Practitioners. By achieving this qualification they qualify to apply for membership of the Careers Profession Alliance (CPA).
In order to ensure that the qualification continues to meet the needs of all who provide careers guidance, OCR has added 3 new optional units to the qualification aimed at those who lead and manage careers provision in schools and other educational institutions.
The units are:

  • Lead and manager career development work in an organisation
  • Continuously improve career development work in an organisation
  • Plan and design career-related learning programmes.

For more information on the units and their relative credit value click here


level 6 career guidance

An important development within the careers education, information, advice, guidance and development (CEIAGD) sector is the introduction of a ‘Professional Register’ which requires practitioners to demonstrate that they are working at QCF level 6 or equivalent. The Institute of Career Guidance (ICG)  gives the following guidance:

Registration is voluntary and open to those with a CPA approved career development qualification at QCF Level 6 and above or an alternative qualification at QCF Level 6 and above with robust evidence of competence equivalent to Level 6 and above against a recognised competency framework aligned with the National Occupational Standards for Career Development originally developed by LLUK. Practitioners with NVQ Level 4 in a specified career development qualification can be conditionally registered and will be expected to achieve QCF Level 6 units in Career Guidance and Development or the equivalent HE modules within two years

Who Will This Qualification Suit?

Career guidance

Individuals working in:
• The new National Careers service
• External agency and voluntary service signposting roles
• Roles in other organisations that require the provision of career advice and guidance, information, employability support and signposting, as part of a broader role

What Are the Specific Benefits?

• Qualify to apply for membership of the Careers Profession Alliance (CPA)
• Meet the level required for entry to the Professional Register of Guidance Practitioners
• Expand employment opportunities and personal career opportunities
• Shortage of level 6 qualified staff across the UK


Premium Service

The premium service offers greater support than the fast-track service. It provides 24 training sessions as oppose to 12 with the fast-track. If you’re new to advice and guidance and wish to benefit from the maximum amount of support this may be the option for you.

Cost £1,895 per person (Excluding Enrolment Fee)

Fast-Track Service

The fast-track service assumes that you wish to accelerate your learning and may not need as much support as with the premium service. Please note this service is only suitable for experienced practitioners who already have the necessary background knowledge or relevant qualification units to enable them to complete this extremely demanding schedule. Based on the evidence produced, our Business Advisors will, in consultation with you, decide if this is the correct route  to take given the demands of this fast track service. With this level of service you receive 12 training sessions,ten training and two one to ones.

Cost £1,495 (Excluding Enrolment Fee)

How Do You Register

Contact Qualification Advisor: Simon Forzani

Tel : 0208 150 9514

Book your place now