Level 6 Certificate in Career Leadership (funded by The Careers and Enterprise Company)

The Careers Enterprise Company

Who is this qualification for...

The Careers Strategy (2017) and recent White Paper (2021) recommends that schools and colleges appoint a named Careers Leader. This course provides a professional qualification to support this role.

This Certificate has been designed for practitioners working in schools, colleges, SEND or alternative educational provision who lead and develop careers provision in an education environment but do not interview or practice as a career guidance professional. The Careers and Enterprise Company offer a bursary of £1000 to schools and colleges whose Careers Leader has achieved this qualification. Registrations for this course must go through The Careers and Enterprise Company website   https://www.careersandenterprise.co.uk/careers-leaders/careers-leader-training/

The certificate covers optional units from the Level 6 Diploma in Careers Guidance and Development:

  • Unit 17 - Lead and manage career development work in an organisation
  • Unit 18 - Continuously improve career development work in an organisation
  • Unit 19 - Plan and design career-related learning programmes

Please follow the link to OCR to see units 17, 18 and 19 for this award: L6 Diploma in Careers Guidance & Development https://ocr.org.uk/qualifications/vocational-qualifications/career-guidance-and-development-level-6-diploma-04664/units/

How is it delivered...

Groups of up to 12 learners are started at set times throughout the academic year in September, November, February, and April. The programme will be delivered live online over 20 weeks and use the Microsoft Teams platform. There are five synchronous 3-hour workshops on the themes listed below:

  • The Role of Careers Leader (including a course induction)
  • The Careers Programme – planning implementing and evaluating
  • The Careers Leader and the role of Leadership and Management
  • Career Decision making and its influence on the careers programme
  • Resources and Information (including LMI) to support careers decision making

The course will be delivered through a variety of training and assessment methods including knowledge input, guided group discussion, individual professional discussion, self-study, reflective logs, and written assignments, which provide evidence of understanding and application of the assessment criteria for the 3 Level 6 units and the Careers and Enterprise Company Learning Outcomes. Learners will be provided with preparatory reading, videos produced by RGG Associates trainers and worksheets which are used as the basis of group discussions and to aid completion of written assignments. During the workshops learners will discuss the topic using case studies and pre-completed worksheets. Using breakout rooms, time will be spent working on topics in pairs and preparing a small project which will be presented to the rest of the group at the end of the course live online using screen sharing for PowerPoint slides and other documents.

There is an assignment of 2000/3000 words linked to each of the workshop topicss.

We estimate a commitment of 60 hours (average 3 hours per week) for self-study by the learner.

Each learner will have a minimum of 5 hours of individual tutorial time using Microsoft Teams with their personal assessor who is an experienced and qualified careers development practitioner and assessor. The tutorials cover discussion on progress with assignments and professional discussion will be completed providing some evidence for the Level 6 units. These confidential sessions will also provide time for the learner to discuss their role as Careers Leader considering areas they want to develop personally or challenges they face in their school or college.

For experienced Careers Leaders in particular the Reflective Logs attached to each workshop theme will provide a chance to step away from their busy schedule and consider future development. The Logs use the Gibbs cyclical model of reflective practice and cover specific Level 6 and CEC learning outcomes. They are assessed alongside the written assignments and count as evidence towards the qualification.

More information about the Level 6 Certificate in Careers Leadership can be found in this video https://youtu.be/ln60mE_Qw4E


This course can be used as a progression route to achieve the full Level 6 Diploma in Careers Guidance & Development as it covers 3 optional units required to complete the qualification.


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