What is an NVQ? If you want to get a recognised qualification related to a particular industry or sector, a National Vocational Qualification, or NVQ, may be for you. You can study NVQs at work, FE college, or as part of an apprenticeship. This information is from NI Direct, a government page explaining what an NVQ is and will help you in understanding the best form of education for you. Talk to us today and we’ll help you understand What is an NVQ? and many other questions you’ve got. Or keep reading to learn more…


National Vocational Qualifications

NVQs are a ‘competence-based’ qualification, which means you learn practical, work-related tasks designed to help you develop the skills and knowledge to do a job effectively. Taking an NVQ could be suitable if you already have skills and want to improve them, or if you are starting from scratch.

NVQs are available to adults and young people. There are five levels ranging from Level 1, which focuses on basic work activities, to Level 5 for senior management. You can take NVQs if you:

  • are employed

  • are studying at FE college and have a part-time job

  • are completing an apprenticeship

  • are at school

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.


To enrol on this NVQ please get in touch with HSI