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Focus Awards Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Advice and Guidance (RQF)

£2020 £419 Limited Time Offer
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Credits 21
TQT 210
GLH 144
Duration (fast-track) – 5 Weeks
Course Duration – 6 Months
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The Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Advice and Guidance (RQF) is a UK OFQUAL accredited 100% online, competency-based qualification for practitioners who work directly with clients, disseminating information, advice and guidance. The purpose of this qualification is to help learners develop the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to thrive in an advisory capacity improving the workplace quality, directly interacting and communicating with customers, colleagues and stakeholders supporting them within the legislative and procedural frameworks. These specialist skills are sought after in a growing number of industries and are commonly required for college tutors and other support roles. If you wish to further your career prospects, holding this Level 3 qualification will have significant advantages for your career advancement.

Who is it Intended for?

This Level 3 Certificate in Advice and Guidance is suitable for those providing advice and guidance in a professional or voluntary role. Some may have managerial or training responsibilities. Potential learners may be from sectors such as careers guidance, any trade union, school/any educational institution, housing, human resources, health and social care, etc.

Potential learners come from different industries/fields who currently work within any type of advice and guidance setting, providing factual, current and impartial information to clients and presenting ideas in an accessible form for them to consider, thus defining and providing routes which could assist clients in reaching their requirements. Since our learners come from different advice and guidance sectors, we have offered the course in a way that could suit all of them.

Duration and Delivery

This Level 3 qualification in Advice and Guidance is designed to be completed online at the pace that suits you the best. This Level 3 course can be completed in as little as 5 weeks or up to 6 months for you to become a qualified practitioner/ adviser/ counsellor/ coach.  You have a great opportunity of fast-track completion earlier at the pace and time of your choice. The OFQUAL Regulated Advice and Guidance Level 3 course is delivered through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Our online tutor support is there to facilitate you to achieve your success rate accordingly.

Assessment and Verification

All units within this OFQUAL Regulated Level 3 qualification are internally assessed by our qualified assessors and externally verified by the awarding organisation. The assessment takes the form of written assignments, detailed guidance for which will be provided by the tutor,  and witness testimony signed by your supervisor (expert witness) at your workplace. These assignments help learners build a portfolio of evidence that is automatically mapped to the aims of the course. You will receive tutor support once you are enrolled on our online portal to assist you in reaching your goals.


This is a thorough qualification of Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Advice and Guidance, which helps learners enhance their career profile. Successful completion of this 100% accredited online course enables learners to proceed to the following qualification:

Unit Structure

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: Develop interactions with advice and guidance clients

Unit 6: Evaluate and develop own contribution to the service

Unit 7: Operate within networks

How we deliver our courses?
Instalment Plan
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Instalment per Month£49
Total Monthly Instalments10
Total Fee£490

*The instalment price may vary from the lump-sum price because of promotional offers. If you choose to pay by instalments, the lump-sum price won’t be relevant in any way.
Please be advised that you will need to pay all outstanding instalments before being eligible to claim your certification.

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Entry Requirement

Learners should be proficient in literacy and numeracy skills to help with the elements of communication. The learners should be 18 years or above to get themselves enrolled in this course.

Practical Requirement

This course is assessed through a series of tutor marked assignments in addition to practical work, which is assessed in the workplace. A work placement is required to complete the practical tasks successfully, which can be spread over the course duration. The placement will need to occur in a work setting, allowing you to demonstrate your skills and progression to gather evidence in the provision of advice and guidance, which must be supervised by a qualified supervisor/ advisor/ counsellor willing to attest to a range of activities undertaken by you and to oversee your practical evidence gathering.

How will I be assessed?

All units in the course will be assessed through a series of written assignments, which are submitted to and marked by your course tutor. In addition, you must provide a witness testimony to meet the assessment criteria requirements.

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This course is suitable for all those:

  1. working directly with clients disseminating information, advice and some level of guidance
  2. working to clear guidelines in the practice of advice and guidance 
  3. working in designated advice and/or guidance organisations.
This course is suitable for all those:
  1. working directly with clients disseminating information, advice and some level of guidance
  2. working to clear guidelines in the practice of advice and guidance
  3. working in designated advice and/or guidance organisations.
This course is ideal if your role involves providing advice and guidance directly to clients, reporting to line management as well as associated services. You may also supervise and support other staff members.
This course requires 21 credits for completion.

This qualification recognises the skills and competences of learners in the workplace. This course is ideal for those who currently work within the advice and guidance sector, providing factual, current and impartial information to clients and presenting ideas in an accessible form for them to consider, thus defining and providing routes which could assist clients in reaching their requirements.

However, this course does not provide your field-specific training, e.g. related to business, housing, debts, immigration, or career education. The learners are expected to have the knowledge about their own fields and taking this course would surely support them to develop the practical skills required to deal with the clients throughout the process.

Our courses are OFQUAL approved as we work with an approved awarding organisation called “Focus Awards”. This is a well-respected awarding organisation for education and training courses. This is the confirmation of their status-
For those looking for a new job role involving advice and guidance, this qualification will help you make the progression more easily. Relevant higher level advice and guidance job roles include:
  1. Employability Support
  2. The Voluntary Sector
  3. Career Guidance
  4. Mentoring
  5. Teaching/ Tutoring in Colleges
  6. Connexions adviser
  7. Business link adviser
  8. Citizens Advice Bureau staff member
  9. Advice provider within educational institutions
  10. Counselling provider
  11. Training and human resources personnel
  12. Administrator
This course will open doors to your new career as a qualified practitioner/ adviser/ counsellor/ coach demonstrating your knowledge and competence in a role that involves provision of advice and guidance. In terms of employment opportunities, for those in an existing advice and guidance role, this qualification will help improve your skills, make you more marketable and help your career progression opportunities.
Yes, you will need to work or volunteer in any professional environment where you are required to show competence in both knowledge and skills.
You will receive your course material right after getting enrolled in this course at our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
This qualification is nested. Qualifications within the nested suite allow students to be upgraded to a qualification of the same standard and subject within the scope of the Award, Certificate, and Diploma structure.

There is no time frame to complete the course. Learners can complete it within 5 weeks (fast track) up to 6 months.

RQF (Regulated Qualification Framework) replaces all the previous frameworks such as NVQ, NQF and QCF. All the qualifications previously designed using other frameworks such as NVQ are now referred to as RQF. In other words, we are talking about exactly the same qualification, with same units, same content, same course requirements and same use/benefits/recognition.

Witness testimonies are classed as “supporting” evidence and provide additional information in the form of a statement of authentication from an occupationally competent individual who verifies all relevant details of a learner’s workplace activities and validates that the learner can conduct a skill or task. In some instances, the course requires the learner to demonstrate certain skills such as “Encouraging clients to explore their requirements” or “Assisting clients to reach a decision”, all of which are very difficult to prove using documentary evidence alone. Hence, an expert witness is tasked with providing a written record of learner’s performance at the workplace, precisely describing the activity undertaken against targeted assessment criteria confirming if these have been followed in the work setting. Witness testimonies are compulsory in certain units and this will be clearly stated in the relevant Assignment Guide. Moreover, it is to be noted that you will need to write a reflective account as well along with providing the witness testimony.

A reflective account is the supporting written evidence/ learner’s statement that indicates how the learner performed/performs the activity testified by the workplace supervisor, what went well and what did not, what you learnt and what you should have done. You also mention what strategies you will adapt for improvement. Please note that there is no separate document for writing a reflective account. Reflective account/learner’s statement is given in the same Submission Cover Sheet (Assessment Brief document).

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