QCF LEVEL 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development
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.
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.
There 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
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?
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
Our premium service offers flexibility and support to meet your specific circumstances. We can tailor the number of training sessions to meet your level of experience and the time you’re able to dedicate to completing the course. This means you could fast-track your way to completion! If you have less experience and wish to benefit from the maximum amount of support then you can take longer to complete.
Cost £2,095 per person (Excluding Enrolment Fee)
When you register, you will see that your qualification has a stated end date. You can complete your qualification sooner than the end date if you are able to submit work regularly and at a good pace. If you do not complete your registered qualification by the stated end date you may be able to apply for an extension which will incur additional fees.
I have recently completed a Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance through Call of the Wild. I have been working with assessor Anne Tanner over these past months and I wanted to contact you to say what a superb job she does. Anne has been supportive, encouraging, flexible, reliable and a pleasure to work with through my studies. As a leaner, I could not have asked for anything more!
She is a great asset. Thanks to you all and best wishes
Carey Phillips, Careers Co-ordinator, Mangotsfield Secondary School
How Do You Register
Contact Qualification Advisor: Sarah Morteo
Tel : 0208 150 9514