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NVQs explained

NVQ studentWondering how NVQs can help you get the qualifications you need for your career?

Who are NVQs for?

NVQs (National Vocational Qualifications) are available to adults and young people alike. You can take NVQs if:

  • you are employed
  • you are studying at college and have a part-time job or access to a work placement

You can also take an NVQ qualification at level 2 or 3 as part of an apprenticeship. In some cases you can also do an NVQ if you are at school.

Where are they taught?

You can study NVQs at work, college, or as part of an apprenticeship.

What subjects can you study NVQs in?

There are over 1300 different NVQs to choose from. They are available in the vast majority of business sectors, including:

  • business and management
  • sales, marketing and distribution
  • health care
  • food, catering and leisure services
  • construction and property
  • manufacturing, production and engineering

What do the different NVQ levels mean?

NVQs are available from levels 1 to 5 on the National Qualifications Framework. The framework compares different types of qualifications based on how demanding they are to study.

How long does it take to study an NVQ?

There is no maximum time limit to complete an NVQ; it is designed to be taken at a pace that suits your needs. However, many learners take about one year to complete an NVQ at level 1 and 2, and around two years for an NVQ at level 3.

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