Level 4 Advice and Guidance

Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Advice and Guidance Qualification

The Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Advice and Guidance provides candidates with the skills, knowledge and understanding to work in advice and guidance. The mandatory units cover interacting with clients, legislation and procedures, operating within networks, managing their personal case load and evaluate and developing their own contribution to the service. Candidates also have access to a range of optional units to suit their job role and personal development needs.

Vocational Learning encourages candidates to submit naturally occurring evidence from their work environment to demonstrate competency against the practical requirements of the course. We welcome other evidence such as prior learning and do not just rely on assignments. This can include schemes of work, assessment reports, course resources and communication records. You are usually expected to complete this course within 10 to 30 weeks depending on the combination of units you have selected. The course has a 213 guided learning hours requirement. The total qualification time is 370 hours.

Course Delivery and Support

The Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Advice and Guidance course is delivered by either distance, blended learning or as classroom based. You are expected to meet course requirements regardless of the method of delivery.

Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Advice and Guidance Course

You will need to fully participate in online activities and provide multimedia evidence whenever possible.You will be expected to complete the course between 10 to 30 weeks. Candidates who are committed and work hard can study the course fast track and complete within a few weeks.

The full cost of the course is £650. You can also pay using a payment plan by making a deposit of £145 and four monthly instalments. Each instalment will be £145.

On enrolment every candidate will be allocated an assessor who will also be their tutor and the first port of call for all assessments and learning needs. You will have access to resources, coursework, tutorials, events, forums, web conferences, and face-to-face sessions. We regularly host support sessions during the day, night and weekends.

You will be expected to participate in an induction session to fully understand how to use our learning management system (Access), locate resources and your coursework. This induction can either be face-to-face or online. You will need to have a discussion with your assessor to negotiate and agree your learning and assessment plan. You are expected here to discuss about any needs, targets, practical requirements (if applicable) and declare any prior learning you wish to be considered. Your assessor will draft your “Holistic Assessment Plan” which will reflect your needs. The plan will also contain information about assessments, ground rules and expected course end date.

Course Structure

The Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Advice and Guidance course has a similar structure as the predecessor Ctlls qualification. The credits and guided learning hours remain the same. You are expected to achieve 21 credits at Level 4 towards the minimum 36 credits. To be successfully awarded the qualification you have to complete the following 11 units:

Unit 1: Understand the importance of legislation and procedures
Unit 2: Develop interactions with advice and guidance clients
Unit 3: Manage personal case load
Unit 4: Evaluate and develop own contribution to the service
Unit 5: Operate within networks
Unit 6: Support clients to make use of the advice and guidance service
Unit 7: Liaise with other services
Unit 8: Provide and maintain information materials for use in the service
Unit 9: Provide support for other practitioners
Unit 10: Design information materials for use in the service
Unit 11: Negotiate and maintain service agreements

You are free to choose your own optional units instead of units 6 to 11 listed above.


The Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Advice and Guidance is assessed by a portfolio of evidence which you have to compile and submit at the end of the course. The assessment process will involve a range of methods such as prior learning, assignments, reflective accounts, witness statements, questioning observations of practice and work products.

You will normally be expected to complete a number of assignments, submit work products and other appropriate evidence that reflect your competency and skills when it comes to advice and guidance.

Entry Requirements for this Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Advice and Guidance Course

There are no specific entry requirement. You will be expected to have basic numeracy and literacy equivalent to level 3.

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 can l do after completion?

The qualification can be used in its entirety. You can go on to complete the Level 4 Award in Skills in Evaluating Careers Guidance Programmes in a Learning Environment, Level 4 Certificate in Skills in Managing Careers Guidance in a Learning Environment, Level 4 Certificate in Career Advice and Guidance, Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development or any other higher education courses.

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