NVQ stands for national vocational qualification. Each one includes practical work-related tasks. They're available in more than 1,000 subjects ranging from plumbing to hairdressing.
How are they studied?NVQs can be based in a college, school, or workplace.
- They're a good choice if you know what job you'd like to do.
- There are five NVQ levels, so you can start at a level that suits you and work your way up.
- There are no age limits and no special entry requirements, although you might need to complete a Level 2 NVQ before starting a Level 3 programme.
How are they assessed?NVQs test your abilities in the workplace. You'll complete training and the following assessment to prove you can do certain work-related tasks:
- Portfolio assessment – where you build up evidence of what you've done at work.
- Observation – where an assessor watches you work and checks that you can do the required tasks.
How long do they take?
- NVQs don't have to be completed in a specific amount of time, but most people find it takes about a year to complete an NVQ Level 1, 2, or 3.
- They can be taken by full-time employees or by school and college students who have a work placement or part-time job that enables them to develop the appropriate skills.