What are NVQs?

An NVQ is a National Vocational Qualification. It is a work-based qualification designed to measure competence in a professional role.

An NVQ is different from a traditional taught course as it requires you to show what you currently do and how you have the underpinning knowledge necessary to do your work, as opposed to teaching and testing you on new knowledge. To prove their competence, candidates collect evidence from their workplace according to the National Occupational Standard (NOS) of the NVQ.

What qualifications are equivalent to an NVQ?

Because NVQs are work-based qualifications, it is difficult to give exact academic equivalents. However, as a guide:

• Level 3 NVQ – BTEC National Certificate or Diploma
• Level 4 NVQ – BTEC Higher National Certificate or Diploma
• Level 5 NVQ – First degree or professional qualification

Why should I do an NVQ?

Completion of an NVQ shows your current and potential future employees that you are competent in your work and demonstrates an interest in continued development, improving your employability.


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