It is a 'competence-based' qualification: this means you learn practical, work-related tasks designed to help you develop the skills and knowledge to do a job effectively. NVQs are based on national standards for various occupations. The standards say what a competent person in a job could be expected to do. As you progress through the course, you compare your skills and knowledge with these standards as you learn, so you can see what you need to do to meet them. Taking an NVQ could be appropriate if you already have skills and want to improve them, or if you are starting from scratch. NVQs are at levels 2 or 3.
NVQs are available to adults and young people alike. You can take NVQs if:
NVQs are assessed by gathering together a portfolio of evidence based on tasks that you have completed in your workplace. Normally, a qualified assessor will observe you and question you about the real work you carry out in the workplace (or a realistic working environment). They will test your knowledge and understanding as well as your actual performance. Your assessor will 'sign-off' individual units within the NVQ when you have reached the required standard.
The NVQ is achieved when there is sufficient, suitable evidence in a portfolio for ALL units identified as part of the NVQ.
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