Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Advice and Guidance (RQF) is a UK OFQUAL accredited 100% online qualification for experienced practitioners who work directly with clients, disseminating information, advice and guidance. The qualification looks at developing the practical skills of learners working in all advice and guidance settings.Learners might also have some managerial or training responsibilities or may be working as career development professionals. They could also be creators of information, advice and guidance, either disseminating information themselves as practitioners or through their organisation in the form of publications. Learners at this level are expected to have a more dynamic relationship with other organisations. These specialist skills are sought after in a growing number of industries and are commonly required for college tutors and other support roles. If you wish to further your career prospects, holding this Level 4 qualification will have significant advantages for your career advancement.
This Level 4 Diploma in Advice and Guidance is suitable for those providing advice and guidance in a professional or voluntary role. Some may have managerial or training responsibilities. Potential learners may be from sectors such as careers guidance, any trade union, school/any educational institution, housing, human resources, health and social care, etc.
Potential learners come from different industries/fields who currently work within any type of advice and guidance setting, providing factual, current and impartial information to clients and presenting ideas in an accessible form for them to consider, thus defining and providing routes which could assist clients in reaching their requirements. Since our learners come from different advice and guidance sectors, we have offered the course in a way that could suit all of them.
Duration and Delivery
This Level 4 Advice and Guidance course is an online, self-paced qualification. This qualification can take as little as 8 weeks or up to 12 months for you to become a qualified Advice and Guidance professional. You have a great opportunity of fast-track completion earlier at the pace and time of your choice. The OFQUAL Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Advice and Guidance (RQF) qualification is delivered through our Virtual Learning Environment. Our online tutor support is there to facilitate you to achieve your success rate accordingly.
Assessment and Verification
All units within this OFQUAL Regulated Level 4 qualification are internally assessed by our qualified assessors and externally verified by the awarding organisation. The assessment takes the form of written assignments, detailed guidance for which will be provided by the tutor, and witness testimony signed by your supervisor (expert witness) at your workplace. These assignments help learners build a portfolio of evidence that is automatically mapped to the aims of the course. You will receive tutor support once you are enrolled on our online portal to assist you in reaching your goals.
Learners, on successful completion of NVQ Diploma in Advice and Guidance (RQF), may progress into specialist areas such as careers guidance, community development, counselling, financial advice or may undertake the following qualifications:
- Focus Awards Level 3 Award in Education and Training (RQF)
- Focus Awards Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training (RQF)
Unit 1: Develop interactions with advice and guidance clients
Unit 2: Manage personal caseload
Unit 3: Evaluate and develop own contribution to the service
Unit 4: Operate within networks
Unit 5: Understand the importance of legislation and procedures
Unit 6: Support clients to make use of the advice and guidance service
Unit 7: Assist advice and guidance clients to decide on a course of action
Unit 8: Prepare clients through advice and guidance for the implementation of a course of action
Unit 9: Assist clients through advice and guidance to review their achievement of a course of action
Unit 10: Undertake research for the service and its clients
Unit 11: Facilitate learning in groups
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This course is suitable for those who are working as Advice and Guidance providers and wish to develop their existing expertise. In addition, you may have managerial or training responsibilities. Your role may involve face-to-face contact with clients and/or contact by phone.
This qualification recognises the skills and competences of learners in the workplace. This course is ideal for those who currently work within the advice and guidance sector, providing factual, current and impartial information to clients and presenting ideas in an accessible form for them to consider, thus defining and providing routes which could assist clients in reaching their requirements.
However, this course does not provide your field-specific training, e.g. related to business, housing, debts, immigration, or career education. The learners are expected to have the knowledge about their own fields and taking this course would surely support them to develop the practical skills required to deal with the clients throughout the process.
Our courses are OFQUAL approved as we work with an approved awarding organisation called “Focus Awards”. This is a well-respected awarding organisation for education and training courses. This is the confirmation of their status-https://register.ofqual.gov.uk/Detail/Index/1391?category=organisations&query=focus%20awards.
For those looking for a new job role involving advice and guidance, this qualification will help you make the progression more easily. Relevant higher level advice and guidance job roles include:
- Youth support worker
- Family support
- Community support
- Connexions adviser
- Business link adviser
- Citizens Advice Bureau staff member
- Advice provider within educational institutions
- Counselling provider/career adviser
- Training and human resources personnel
There is no time frame to complete the course. Learners can complete it within 8 weeks (fast track) up to 12 months (on average).
- Level 3 Award in Education and Training (RQF)
- Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training (RQF)
Yes, you need a work placement in any professional environment where you are required to show competence in both knowledge and skills.
RQF (Regulated Qualification Framework) replaces all the previous frameworks such as NVQ, NQF and QCF. All the qualifications previously designed using other frameworks such as NVQ are now referred to as RQF. In other words, we are talking about exactly the same qualification, with same units, same content, same course requirements and same use/benefits/recognition.
Witness testimonies are classed as “supporting” evidence and provide additional information in the form of a statement of authentication from an occupationally competent individual who verifies all relevant details of a learner’s workplace activities and validates that the learner can conduct a skill or task. In some instances, the course requires the learner to demonstrate certain skills such as “Encouraging clients to explore their requirements” or “Assisting clients to reach a decision”, all of which are very difficult to prove using documentary evidence alone. Hence, an expert witness is tasked with providing a written record of learner’s performance at the workplace, precisely describing the activity undertaken against targeted assessment criteria confirming if these have been followed in the work setting. Witness testimonies are compulsory in certain units and this will be clearly stated in the relevant Assignment Guide. Moreover, it is to be noted that you will need to write a reflective account as well along with providing the witness testimony.
A reflective account is the supporting written evidence/ learner’s statement that indicates how the learner performed/performs the activity testified by the workplace supervisor, what went well and what did not, what you learnt and what you should have done. You also mention what strategies you will adapt for improvement. Please note that there is no separate document for writing a reflective account. Reflective account/learner’s statement is given in the same Submission Cover Sheet (Assessment Brief document).
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