If you want to get a recognised qualification related to a particular industry or sector, a National Vocational Qualification, or NVQ, may be for you.
You can study NVQs at work, FE college, or as part of an apprenticeship.
NVQ’s : what they are
NVQs are a ‘competence-based’ qualification, which means you learn practical, work-related tasks designed to help you develop the skills and knowledge to do a job effectively.
Taking an NVQ could be appropriate if you already have skills and want to improve them, or if you are starting from scratch.
NVQs are available to adults and young people.
There are five levels ranging from Level 1, which focuses on basic work activities, to Level 5 for senior management.
You can take NVQs if you;
- are employed
- are studying at FE college and have a part-time job
- are completing an apprenticeshipYou can also take an NVQ qualification at level 2 or 3 as part of an apprenticeship. In some cases you can also do an NVQ if you are at school.
You can also take an NVQ qualification at level 2 or 3 as part of an apprenticeship.
What NVQs are available
There are numerous NVQs to choose from with NSPP including:
Within reason, there is no maximum time limit in which to complete an NVQ as they are designed to be taken at a pace that suits your needs.
How you are assessed
NVQs are assessed on practical assignments and a portfolio of evidence that you build up. Normally, a qualified assessor will observe you and question you about the work you do.
They will test your knowledge and understanding as well as your performance.
Your assessor will ‘sign-off’ individual units within the NVQ when you have reached the required standard.
You are assessed as being either ‘competent’ or ‘not yet competent’.
Where NVQs can lead
Completing an NVQ can lead to further training at the next NVQ level.
If you’ve achieved an NVQ at level 2, you can progress onto a level 3, you could also go on to a higher education course in a related vocational area.