Advanced Courses - NVQ

Studying for an NVQ is a great way to expand your knowledge and fulfil your career goals, without having to stick to an academic schedule. Whether you’re still at school or you’re already in a job, an NVQ provides all the practical skills and knowledge you need to kick-start your career and break into your chosen industry.

To help you figure out if NVQs are right for you, here’s everything you need to know about NVQ levels:


What is an NVQ? 

An NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) is a work-based way of learning – which is carried out at a college, school, or workplace.

Each NVQ level involves a range of on-the-job tasks and activities that are designed to test you on your ability to do a job effectively.

You may start out by applying your knowledge to basic tasks, and progress to incorporating fundamental principles into a variety of contexts.


What are the benefits of studying for an NVQ? 

Studying for an NVQ is a great way to kick-start your career by learning on-the-job.

Here are some of the key benefits of completing an NVQ:

  • You don’t need any formal qualifications to get started

  • It proves your practical ability to future employers

  • It’s a flexible route into your chosen industry

  • You can learn while you earn

  • You’ll gain a recognised qualification without any exams


How many NVQ levels are there? 

There are five levels of NVQ (not including entry level), and each one involves the teaching and application of particular work-based competencies.

These include:

Entry level – Ideal for those without any previous qualifications or knowledge. Teaches the application of basic knowledge and skills on a generic level.

Level 1 – An introduction to the subject area you choose to study, covering routine tasks and the learning and practical application of basic knowledge.

Level 2 – Involves carrying out complex work-based duties, and gaining a good knowledge and understanding of a subject. These are performed in variety of contexts – involving a combination of individual responsibility and team work.

Level 3 – The range of duties become vaster, and their complexity increases. Autonomy and responsibility is also more prevalent in this level – with some control and guidance needed.

Level 4 – Provides a specialist and detailed level of learning, usually covering a specific area of work. This level is ideal for those looking to manage others or work in technical roles.

Level 5 – Involves learning about an area of work on a deeper level, allowing you to understand and respond to complex situations whilst gaining a high level of expertise. Also covers senior management and the training of others.

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