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 or as part of an apprenticeship.
What is an NVQ?
NVQs are what is commonly referred to as 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 both adults and young people and are a good choice if you know what job it is you would like to do.
There are five levels ranging from Level 1, 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, dependent on your experience in your role.
You can take NVQs if you already have some work-based skills or if you are a complete novice and;
- Are employed in the role you are undertaking an NVQ in.
- Are studying at college
- Are completing an apprenticeship
How long do they take?
NVQ’s don’t have a time limit, but the majority of our adult learners tend to complete onsite NVQ’s over a 6-month period, with Apprentices undertaking a 14-month apprenticeship program to enable them to develop the appropriate skills.
You’ll complete training and assessment to prove you can undertake certain work-related tasks.
What NVQ's are available?
BCTG deliver a range of NVQ's at Level 3
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 am I assessed?
NVQs are assessed on practical assignments and a portfolio of evidence that you build up over the length of the course. 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 can NVQ's 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.
19 or older?
You can get a loan to cover the costs of your training. So now courses such as NVQ’s at Level 3 standard can now be paid for by a simple Government-Backed, low-cost loan.
Repayments don’t start until you have completed your course and you won’t have to pay anything back until you’re earning over £25,725 a year.
And if you stop work, your repayments stop too.
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