What are NVQs?

The NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) is made up of units, some of which are compulsory and some of which are optional, and these will be selected according to your job role.

NVQ criteria are awarded according to a set of standards you must reach in order to show you are competent in all relevant aspects of your chosen vocational area.

Competence means you are able to do a task to the required standard, as well as understanding why you are doing it in a particular way.

To gain the NVQ qualification you need to collect a range of evidence from within your workplace to prove competence in your role.  This may include:

Product evidence: A photocopy of any work that you produce

Observation:  The monitoring or training officer will watch you work, ask questions, make a voice recording or take photographs (if permitted).  They will then fill in a form to say which criteria of the NVQ have been covered.

Witness Testimony:  A testimony that your supervisor or another work colleague writes to say how you have completed a task.  Separate guidelines will be issued at the start of the programme.

Questions: You will be asked to answer questions either verbally or in writing.

Please note the above does not apply to accountancy learners, whose qualification is gained through external  assessment.

What do NVQ qualifications levels equate to?

Level 1:            GCSEs, O-Levels or equivalent at grades D-G; Business Training and Education Council  (BTEC) first or general certificate; General National Vocational Qualification (GNVQ) foundation level; Royal Society of Arts (RSA); and SCOTVEC modules

 Level 2:            Five or more GCSEs, O-Levels or equivalent at grades A*-C;BTEC first or general diploma; GNVQ intermediate level; City and Guilds Craft; RSA diploma; and BTEC, SCOTVEC first or general diploma

 Level 3:            Two or more A-Levels or equivalent BTEC National; Ordinary National Diploma (OND); Ordinary National Certificate (ONC); City and Guilds Advanced Craft; and three or more Scottish highers

 Level 4:            First or other degree; Higher National Diploma (HND); Higher National Certificate (HNC); and higher education diploma; nursing; teaching (including further education, secondary, primary and others)

 Level 5:            Higher degree; eg: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.).