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   NVQ course overview

The letters NVQ are as you will know, the common abbreviation for 'National Vocational Qualification'.


NVQ courses are available to anyone whatever their age, although there are certain requirements (you have to be employed or studying at college whilst doing a part-time job or be in a work placement). It is also possible in some cases to do an NVQ course whilst at school.

Your NVQ course can be done in either an education or work setting, or indeed as part of an apprenticeship.

Depending on the subject, NVQs are available from level 1 to level 5 on the National Qualifications Framework.

Although there is no set time limit to complete your NVQ and you are free to work at your own pace, most people find it takes them about one year to gain an NVQ level 1, NVQ level 2 or NVQ level 3.


   NVQ courses

You will find an NVQ course available in almost every business and public service sector. There are over 1,000 NVQs to choose from, some of the most popular subjects in 2014-2015 being in the areas of:

  • Care NVQ
  • Health NVQ
  • Social Care NVQ
  • Teaching NVQ
  • Childcare NVQ
  • Plumbing NVQ
  • Hairdressing NVQ
  • Administration NVQ
  • Management NVQ
  • Catering NVQ
  • Construction NVQ
  • IT NVQ

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   NVQ course providers

Qualifications & Curriculum Authority approved assessment centres can be found at most colleges and universities and within the NHS.

There are also many private companies approved to provide NVQs within their specialist sectors.

Some companies are able to offer NVQ courses in several different sectors.

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   NVQ assessor jobs

Vacancies for NVQ assessors exist nationwide and in most sectors.

The job of the assessor is to assess anyone working towards their NVQ, ensuring that they meet all the necessary standards required.

An assessor may work for a training provider or educational establishment. They may also be based within a particular company where NVQs are taken by members of staff, although this would normally tend to be a larger company that has the resources to support such a scheme.

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   NVQ awarding organisations

There are more than 100 recognised NVQ awarding organisations offering NVQ course qualifications in the UK.

Between them these organisations offer courses in almost every sector and every location.

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