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Course summary

This Apprenticeship will enable you to practice as a qualified Careers Professional. You will be able to register as a UK professional with the Careers Development Institute and gain a QCF level 6 Diploma in Careers Guidance and Development as part of your training.

Careers Development Professionals are typically found in education settings, training organisations, Careers and Employment Services and human resource/ learning and development departments in both the private and public sectors. The broad purpose of the occupation is to assist individuals before and during career transitions to develop long and short-term career strategies.

You will need to be employed in a setting where you are able to demonstrate the required Apprenticeship duties.

For further details on applying for this course, please contact careersapprenticeship@bishopg.ac.uk

Key facts


L6 Diploma


24 Months

Mode of study


Start date

May / September

Awarding institution


Course details

About this course

The Apprenticeship will take up to 24 months, however, it is possible to complete in a year and a day prior to entering an end point assessment phase which takes around 3 months

OCR NVQ level 6 Careers Guidance and Development Diploma

You will undertake the level 6 as part of your Apprenticeship. The qualification comprises of the following units:

Mandatory Units

1 Preparing to work in the career information, advice and guidance sector

2 Reflect on and improve professional practice

3 Career guidance theory

4 Agree the purpose of client-centred career guidance interviews and maintain communication with clients

5 Explore and agree the career guidance and development needs of clients

6 Use career and Labour Market Information with clients

7 Work with other agencies for the benefit of clients and the organisation

The range of optional units may change depending on learner demand

Optional Units- you will need at least 15 credits from a combination of these

9- Advocate on behalf of clients (4 credits)

10- Understand how to support specific client groups to overcome barriers to learning, training and work (3 credits)

12-Assist clients to apply for learning, training and work (3 credits)

18- Plan, deliver and evaluate career- related learning in groups (6 credits)

20- Undertake research on behalf of the service (6 credits)

23- Plan and design Career Related learning programmes (5 credits)

The Apprenticeship will equip you to carry out the following duties:

Duty 1

Reflect critically on their career development practice and service delivery, evaluating it against relevant theories, models, research and appropriate professional ethical standards in order to facilitate continuing professional development and ongoing service improvement

Duty 2

Collaborate with colleagues, internal and external stakeholders, employers and other service providers to negotiate, design, develop, organise and evaluate programmes of activities that equip clients with career management skills, knowledge and resources they need for their career development

Duty 3

Prioritise and manage workloads, making effective use of management information systems and wider technology

Duty 4

Motivate and equip clients to identify their short-term and long-term career development objectives and to develop plans to make progress in those objectives

Duty 5

Enable clients to assess their strengths, values, beliefs, situation and preferences, and to connect them to the requirements and rewards of opportunities within the education system and the labour market, inclusive of training, voluntary work and self-employment

Duty 6

Design, plan, deliver and evaluate career-related learning activities using pedagogical approaches appropriate to the clients’ educational level and the organisational context

Duty 7

Prepare, conduct and evaluate structured career development interactions with clients using career counselling, guidance, coaching and advice work approaches appropriate to the clients’ needs and the organisational context

Duty 8

Research, assess, organise, interpret and disseminate careers-related and service delivery information, including labour market information (LMI) to meet the needs of clients, colleagues and other stakeholders

Duty 9

Promote informed engagement with the career development service and enable clients to access wider career development and other support services

Further details can be found at:


Case Study - Ellis, Current Study on the Career Development Professional Apprenticeship

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification, although an initial assessment will take place to ensure the candidate is capable of reaching the required standards. Candidates will need to be in employment where their line manager is able to support them through the apprenticeship – Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their Apprenticeships and employment role.

As a guide, candidates might have A levels (or equivalent) or existing relevant Level 3 qualifications, and English and Maths at Level 2. (where approved English and Maths qualifications are not held these will need to be completed during the apprenticeship programme). Other relevant or prior experience may also be considered as an alternative alongside consideration of the suitability of the role being undertaken and the opportunities to develop and apply the required knowledge, skills and behaviours.

Apprentices working with young people and vulnerable adults would be required to hold a DBS clearance’ which employers are responsible to ensure are in place.

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Fees & Finance

Costs may be covered by government funding and/or your employer – employers who pay the Apprenticeship Levy can pay fees directly through their Levy Contribution. Alternatively, businesses who do not pay the levy may be able to claim 95% of the cost of tuition fees from the Government.

How To Apply

You will need to complete the below Application Form along with the documents outlined in the Application Checklist. Once complete, please return this to: Admissions, Bishop Grosseteste University, Longdales Road, Lincoln, LN1 3DY, or email us at admissions@bishopg.ac.uk

Apprenticeship Application Form

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