NVQ is an acronym for National Vocational Qualification. It is a work-based qualification that is designed to help individuals develop the skills and knowledge needed to perform a specific job. NVQs are available at various levels, from entry-level to postgraduate, and can be completed in a wide range of industries.

In order to achieve an NVQ, candidates must demonstrate their competence in a particular area through a series of assessments. Once an NVQ has been earned, it can help to improve an individual's career prospects and earning potential.

What has replaced NVQ?

National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) were introduced in the UK in the 1980s as a way to provide vocational training that was equivalent to academic qualifications. NVQs were available in a wide range of subjects, from engineering to beauty therapy courses, and were designed to give people the skills and knowledge they needed to succeed in their chosen field. However, they were gradually replaced by other qualifications, such as the RQF, around 2015.

What is RQF?

The RQF, or Regulated Qualifications Framework, is a framework that covers qualifications in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. It sets out the qualifications that are regulated by law and provides a way to compare qualifications across different providers. The RQF is overseen by the UK government's Department for Education, and qualifications that are awarded RQF status are regularly reviewed to ensure that they meet the necessary standards.

What is an NVQ equivalent to?

The NVQ Level 3 is equivalent to the A-Levels in terms of academic rigour. The main difference is that the NVQ Level 3 is vocational, meaning that it focuses on preparing students for a specific trade or profession. It is generally considered to be the equivalent of the A-Levels in terms of job prospects and earnings potential.

Can I go to university with an NVQ?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to the question of whether you can get into University with an NVQ, as the requirements for admission to university vary from institution to institution. However, in general, most universities will consider applications from students with an NVQ. As with any application, it is important to check the specific requirements of the university you are interested in attending. For example, some universities may require additional qualifications such as A-Levels or IB scores. Ultimately, the best way to find out if you are eligible to apply to a university with an NVQ or RQF is to contact the university directly.

Is an NVQ the same as a degree?

A Level 7 NVQ is the equivalent to a Masters Degree, a Level 7 NVQ is the same as a Bachelors Degree, whilst Level 4 and 5 NVQs equate to the first and second year of a Bachelors degree.

How long is an NVQ Course?

Most Level 1 and Level 2 NVQ courses take one year to complete, whilst a Level 3 NVQ course usually takes two years to complete.  Higher level NVQs may take longer.

Can I do an NVQ without going to college?

No, you can complete your NVQ without going to college.  Studying your NVQ online allows you to complete the course in your own time, at your own pace.

How many levels of NVQ are there?

There are 7 different levels or NVQ qualifications, ranging from GCSe equivalents to Masters Degree equivalents.