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Advice and Guidance Level 3

Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Advice and Guidance (IAG)

The Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Advice and Guidance is for candidates who provide advice and guidance to individuals who are making decisions about their options for future training, education or employment. The qualification is suitable for career advisors and those supporting the personal development of employees.

Vocational Learning encourages candidates to submit naturally occurring evidence from their work environment to demonstrate competency against the practical requirements of the course. The course has a 132 guided learning hours requirement. The total qualification time is 210 hours. You are usually expected to complete this course within 8 to 20 weeks.

Course Structure of the Advice and Guidance Course

In order to achieve the Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Advice and Guidance qualification candidates must achieve a minimum of 21 credits. 12 credits will be achieved from the mandatory first four units below.The remaining 9 credits should be achieved by completing optional units. At least 15 credits must be at level 3 or above

Unit 1: Establish communication with clients for advice and guidance
Unit 2: Support clients to make use of the advice and guidance service
Unit 3: Review own contribution to the service
Unit 4: Understand the importance of legislation and procedures
Unit 5: Interact with clients using a range of media
Unit 6: Assist advice and guidance clients to decide on a course of action
Unit 7: Liaise with other services

You are free to choose your own optional units instead of units 5 to 7 listed above.

Course Delivery and Support

The course is delivered by either blended learning or as classroom based. You are expected to meet all course requirements regardless of the method of delivery. There should be evidence of learning and meeting all the assessment criteria.

Fast track is also available to candidates who can work at a faster pace and have access to learning opportunities. You will also be expected to have the capacity to meet all course requirements within a shorter time scale and ideally have evidence of prior learning.

Classroom

This is the ideal course delivery as it allows all practical requirements to be demonstrated and observed in realtime. All course requirements will need to be completed within the classroom.

Blended Learning

This mode of learning is ideal for candidates who want to complete part of the course by distance learning. All practical requirements of the course will need to be demonstrated or carried out either during classroom attendance or observed in realtime by video.

Distance Learning

This mode of learning is ideal for candidates who want to complete the course entirely or mostly by distance learning. Evidence of practice will however need to be provided in the form of work products, expert witnesses, observations or any other appropriate and suitable method that demonstrates your competency.

All candidates will be allocated an assessor on enrolment. Your assessor will also have the dual role of being your tutor. You can request tutorials and support anytime.

All candidates will have access to coursework, resources and learning opportunities. You will also have access to course events, which includes forums, web conferences, and face-to-face sessions.

Assessment

The Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Advice and Guidance (RQF) is assessed by a portfolio of evidence which you have to compile and submit at the end of the course. You will be expected to complete some course work and participate in a number of assessment activities such as recorded discussions. Majority of your assessments will take in your workplace where a holistic approach will be taken to record your natural work activities and practice which will then be linked to the assessment criteria.

Entry Requirements

This course is open to anyone working in a setting that requires advice and guidance. You will need to be at least 16 years old. You will be expected to have basic numeracy, literacy and IT skills in line with national occupational skills for care workers.

You are also expected to have access to the internet, multimedia computer, printer and a word processor that can open and produce Microsoft Word Documents ending with the extension ‘.doc’. Candidates without Microsoft office are advised to consider free software such as Open Office. You, however, need to ensure your documents are saved and submitted for assessment as word documents ending with the extension ‘.doc’?

What it means studying at Level 3?

You will be assessed at the same level as someone completing A-Levels. Achievement at Level 3 reflects the ability to identify and use relevant understanding, methods and skills to complete tasks and address problems that, while well defined, have a measure of complexity. It includes taking responsibility for initiating and completing tasks and procedures as well as exercising autonomy and judgment within limited parameters. You will be expected to use references and reflect an awareness of different perspectives or approaches within your area of study or work.

What can l do after completion?

The qualification can be used in its entirety. You can go on to complete the Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Advice and Guidance or other higher qualifications.

How long is the course?

We are often asked how quick someone can complete this course? This depends on a number of factors which includes your own commitment, quality of evidence, time, assessment opportunities and the ability to study at a higher level. It will also help if you have evidence of recent prior learning (That fully address the assessment criteria) and have access to resources and opportunities that will enable your learning. that will enable you to actively participate in course activities.

Candidates joining the course with evidence of prior learning and credits will obviously be able to complete quicker than someone without. If you invest more time on the course such as 15 hours a week then you will most likely complete earlier compared to someone who commits only 2 hours for the same period. By the end of the course you will be expected to demonstrate how you have met the recommended guided learning hours and total qualification time. This will involve submitting evidence showing reasonable participation in activities hosted by Vocational Learning. We however expect you to complete the course within 8 to 20 weeks.

Certification

Your certificate will come from an Ofqual regulated awarding body. We currently use TQUK, ITC First and ICQ for certification. Once your portfolio of evidence has been successfully signed off by both the internal and external moderator your certificate will be requested from the awarding body. Certificates are normally processed within 14 working days. Once we receive your certificate it will be forwarded to you by first class recorded delivery.

Enrolment (Costs and Signing up)

Your course fee includes registration, support, learning opportunities, assessments, moderation and certification. There are no hidden fees. You are only enrolled when we receive your payment for the booking. Payment is normally expected within 5 days from your booking. We are however flexible with corporate bookings where this time could be extended. The full cost of the course is £495. We also accept a payment plan paid by a deposit of £140 and three monthly instalments. Each instalment will be £140.