This qualification is listed in the Department for Education Statutory Guidance (2018) as the benchmark qualification for all career guidance practitioners working in schools and colleges. It is regarded by the Career Development Institute (CDI) as the level required for entry to their Professional Register of Guidance Practitioners.
This qualification provides professional development opportunities for practitioners who are already working with, or entering a role where, they give career guidance to young people or adults. The qualification covers mandatory units in guidance skills, including agreeing a contract, exploration of client needs and client development action plans. Other mandatory 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. New entrants will find the unit on preparing to work in the careers guidance sector useful.
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 on behalf of the service.
For practitioners who already hold the Level 4 Diploma in Career Information and Advice, recognition of prior learning can be used to partially achieve several units from the Level 6 Diploma.
For practitioners who already hold the Level 4 Diploma in Advice and Guidance or the Level 4 LDSS qualifications, recognition of prior learning can be used to achieve some units of the level 6 Diploma.
RGG Associates can offer advice if you already hold these qualifications and would like to progress to the level 6 Diploma.
The Career Development Institute currently allow careers practitioners holding a Level 4 Diploma in Advice and Guidance or the Level 4 LDSS both achieved before 2011 to gain entry to their professional register of careers practitioners if they undertake the 3 mandatory units from the Level 6 Diploma, as listed below. See Level 6 Certificate in Career Guidance Theory for more details.
The RGG Associates Tutor/Assessor will work online individually with learners or in small groups using Teams. For individuals, coaching skills are used by our qualified tutor/assessors to develop the knowledge and understanding required to achieve the qualification. For groups of learners, an online programme of formal training sessions and tutorials through Teams are facilitated.
Ideally all learners would be observed in the workplace interviewing clients and both written and verbal feedback provided to the learner by the assessor. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions all learners’ career guidance interventions are being video or audio recorded and assessed as evidence of competence.
Please follow the link to OCR to see the units for this award: L6 Diploma in Careers Guidance & Development https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/vocational-qualifications/vocational-qualifications-qcf-career-guidance-and-development-level-6-diploma-10215/