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Advice and Guidance City & Guilds NVQ Certificate Level 3 at Cornwall College

Course description

This qualification is for those working with clients in organisations that provide an advice and guidance service on a professional or voluntary basis.

A City & Guilds qualification is proof that you have the right skills to do your job well, which is why so many employers look for people who have one. You can be confident your qualification is well respected within your industry.

The Level 3 Certificate in Advice and Guidance replaces the City & Guilds NVQ in Advice and Guidance (3069).

Course content

You can choose a pathway that demonstrates the specialist knowledge and skills you have developed, such as:

  • Understanding legislation and procedures 
  • Negotiating on behalf of clients  
  • Providing and maintaining information materials.

You will start with an induction day which includes a workshop covering key models, theories and skills associated with giving professional advice and guidance.

Following the induction you will regularly meet with you assessor/tutor at your workplace to complete the units required.  A variety of methods will be used to cover the criteria and these will be tailored to suit individual learners.  E.g observation of performance, written evidence, witness statements, professional discussion and reflective logs.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, however you will need to be working within a role that enables you to demonstrate your competence in providing advice and guidance.

You will be invited to complete a pre-enrolment assessment which will ascertain which level is right for you.

As a general guide to enrol in the Level 3, your role should involve providing advice and guidance directly to clients and reporting to line management as well as associated services. You may also supervise and support other staff members.

According to City and Guilds, anyone aged over 16 (Level 3) or 18 (Level 4) providing advice and guidance in a professional or voluntary role can enrol on the Advice and Guidance Certificate. You could be working in careers guidance, for a trade union, in a school, college, training provider, in housing, human resources or in health and social care or any other professional that provides advice and guidance as part of the service.

Future opportunities

After completing the Advice and Guidance Certificate Level 3 you could progress to the Advice and Guidance Diploma Level 4 or the Coaching and Mentoring Level 4. Alternatively, you may be interested in Transactional Analysis or NLP. 

These qualifications could help you progress to a wide range of roles:

  • Connexions adviser
  • Business link adviser
  • Citizens Advice Bureau staff member 
  • Advice provider within educational institutions
  • Counselling provider
  • Training and human resources personnel
  • Receptionist 
  • Administrator

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cornwall College directly.

Last updated date: 27 May 2015
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