If you work or are looking to work in a role such as a career advisor, counsellor, housing support worker or peer mentor, where the provision of information, advice or guidance is a requirement, this course is for you. Potential employers for roles within this field include: local authorities, careers advice services, voluntary sector organisations, student services, citizen advice services and housing associations.
NCFE Level 2 (online distance learning, no exams involved).
To study this course all students must be aged 19 or over, most students over the age of 19 will be able to study this course for free, however, please contact us if you are aged 19-23 and do not yet have a full level 2 qualification (5 GCSEs grade A*-C, NVQ Level 2 or higher) as additional eligibility criteria may apply.
Guided Learning Hours - Minimum: 114, Maximum: 120
Study hours per week - 12
(*please note these are average and estimated figures and may not be a true representative for all individuals*)
If you wish to study this course simply visit the How to Enrol webpage and select BDU incl. Distance Learning from the first drop down menu and then choose your desired course from the second drop down.
Most students over the age of 19 will be able to study this course for free, however, please contact us if you are aged 19-23 and do not yet have a full level 2 qualification (5 GCSEs grade A*-C, NVQ Level 2 or higher) as additional eligibility criteria may apply.
This particular short course is just 12 weeks long.
This course will equip you with the practical skills needed to successfully convey information, advice or guidance in a wide range of situations and sectors. This course covers a variety of key topics crucial to providing an excellent and efficient service, including questioning, listening and communicating techniques, the importance of confidentiality and how to overcome barriers.
Completing this course can get you recognised and put you in line for professional development, and a great addition to your CV.
This course is available in both paper and online format, and is up to you to decide which method you prefer, making the course flexible and easy for you. Personal tutors are assigned to each learners, to help ensure you have the support you need throughout the duration of the short course.
UNIT 1 – Information, advice or guidance in practice
This unit will provide an understanding of the various differences between information, advice and guidance and the requirements of different clients and how these are best met. It will also help you to gain in-depth knowledge of the boundaries and responsibilities present when offering information, advice and guidance including signposting, referrals and record keeping.
UNIT 2 – Developing interaction skills for information, advice or guidance
How to interact with clients, executing appropriate and effective questioning techniques, listening skills and non-verbal communication are all developed within this unit. You will also gain knowledge of the impact of values, beliefs and attitudes on any interactions you may encounter, as well as the importance of confidentiality and impartiality. A further element of this unit is the consideration of how best to identify personal strengths and development needs.
UNIT 3 – Signposting and referral in information, advice or guidance
This unit will provide you with an understanding of the difference between signposting and referrals, when it is appropriate to refer or signpost an individual organisation’s procedures. It will also help you to gain knowledge of good practice when signposting and referring, including recording, monitoring and evaluating.
UNIT 4 – Information, advice or guidance in context
This unit will provide you with an understanding of information, advice or guidance in the context of your won practice and a specific group of clients, exploring different ways of assisting clients to explore and make choices. Knowledge on discriminatory practices and behaviours affecting specific clients groups, potential barriers and how to overcome them is built within this module.
UNIT 5– Skills for advice suppliers
This unit provides you with an understanding of the purpose and process of an advice interview, examining the relationship between client and advisor, the advisor’s role, stages of the advice interview and how to ensure client confidentiality. Also a key part of this section will be to gain knowledge of social policy in advice work and sources of information, negotiating effectively on a client’s behalf and support and action planning.