What are NVQs?
National Vocational Qualifications, or NVQs, are competency-based awards that prove you are qualified to do a particular job. These qualifications are relevant in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In Scotland, they are known as Scottish Vocational Qualifications or SVQs.
NVQs are achieved through on-the-job assessment and training in either the workplace ,or a setting designed to replicate the workplace. NVQs range in levels from 1 through to 5, depending on the field, so you’re able to begin at the level best suited to you and work your way up. They are designed for continual assessment throughout your training. Assessment is based on evidence of your competency, though other methods may apply where appropriate.
NVQs are based on National Occupational Standards (NOS), which are standards of competencies, knowledge and understanding expected in a given occupation. These standards also identify expected outcomes of assessment. NOS are developed by the relevant sector skills council (SSC) or Government-recognised sector body for that given field.
What is the difference between NVQ and NCFE?
NVQs are very different from NCFE. While NVQs are a vocational (work-based) qualification, NCFE, in itself, is not a qualification, but rather an awarding body. As we discussed in our blog about NCFE, if a home learning course has the NCFE stamp of approval, this means it is accredited, or checked off, by NCFE as a quality distance learning course. The awarding organisation also provides certification to students who successfully complete NCFE accredited courses.
We are a NCFE registered learning centre, and this stamp of approval is our guarantee of quality. Our students who complete an NCFE accredited course, receive an NCFE award certificate of achievement.
Our NVQ courses
We offer a variety of NVQ courses, designed to give you a theoretical knowledge base via distance learning. Assessment is through practical, hands-on training. With the flexibility to study from home, at your own pace, our NVQ courses are the perfect way for you to earn your NVQ while continuing to work. Unlimited tutor support and an active online student community, means that you’ll never feel isolated. Help is just a phone call or email away.
We offer the following NVQ courses: