Diploma in Career Guidance and Development L6

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Course Code



£ 2573

Study Hours

Part Time
6 hours per week

Start Date

01 Aug 2021


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Course Overview

To achieve this qualification, you will be undertaking a professional role within the careers guidance sector, delivering in depth career guidance to clients.
You will be required to apply career guidance theories to practice, to support clients to make realistic and informed decisions and plans regarding new learning or training opportunities and career planning.

What You’ll Learn
  • Preparing to work in the CIAG sector requires you to demonstrate your knowledge of the sector and analyse your own role within it. You will show the research you have undertaken and your analysis of developments in the sector.
  • Your development as a reflective practitioner is a key part of this diploma and you will provide evidence on an ongoing basis including for example, records of learning and development activities undertaken.
  • Your knowledge of Career Guidance Theory and research on evidence-based practice underpins your work as a guidance practitioner. You will be asked to complete a workbook, demonstrating your knowledge of this area.
  • Two of the mandatory units focus on your actual practice with clients. You will need to write in-depth case studies demonstrating your knowledge of interview skills and how you apply guidance techniques in your work with clients.
  • An essential part of the skill set as a guidance practitioner is to have an extensive knowledge of education and training systems and sources of labour market information and to be able to share this appropriately with clients. You will demonstrate this through your work with clients.
  • Your ability to network with other agencies, your work in referral planning and facilitation and your negotiation skills are covered in the final mandatory unit. You will need to develop case studies demonstrating this and support it with for example, referral documentation and minutes of meetings.
  • Optional units: a range of units to choose form are also included, with a variety of guidance related topics including specific units for those who lead and manage careers work in education settings

Mandatory Units

  • Preparing to work in the career information, advice and guidance sector
  • Reflect on and improve professional practice
  • Career guidance theory
  • Agree the purpose of client-centred career guidance interviews and maintain communication with clients
  • Explore and agree the career guidance and development needs of clients
  • Use career and Labour Market Information with clients
    Work with other agencies for the benefit of clients and the organisation
Entry Requirements

Must be 19 and over before August.
Not have exceeded the maximum amount of Advanced Learner Loans available
Meet the required residency criteria to be eligible as;

  • A UK ‘home’ Learner
  • An EU Learner (Inc EEA Migrant Worker etc)
  • A RoW Learner (Inc Indefinite Leave, Refugee etc)Learners must be resident in UK on the first day of the learning aim
  • UK nationals must be resident in UK for 3 years prior to the start of their learning aim
  • Learners who live in the rest of the UK can apply as long as they study at an approved Learning Provider in England
  • EU nationals must be resident in EEA for 3 years prior to the start of their learning aim
  • Rest of the World nationals must demonstrate ‘settled status’ with no limitation or restriction on the length of stay in UK
How you will be assessed?

Your knowledge and understanding will be assessed using the assessment methods. Where possible your assessor will integrate knowledge outcomes into practical observations through oral questioning.

Course and Career Progression

Your tutor will advise you on progression. You can progress to further study a higher level course or another course at EBCF. Careers Information, advice and guidance is also available at EBCF.


If you’re aged 19 or over and are thinking about further education or training in England, you might qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. It’s easy to apply for and you won’t have to pay anything back until you’re earning over £26,575 a year.

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