An NVQ is a vocational qualification, which means it includes practical, work-related tasks. It’s a good choice if your child knows what job they want to do, as they’ll receive training in a specific line of work and be able to prove their practical ability to future employers.

What subjects can my child study? 

There are more than 1,000! Everything from engineering to beauty therapy. 

Students don’t need any qualifications to get started, although they might need to complete an NVQ Level 2 before starting a Level 3 programme. Level 3 is equivalent to two A Levels. 

Where can my child study for an NVQ? 

NVQs are usually studied in college, although they can be studied in school or the workplace as part of an apprenticeship. 

How long are the courses? 

There is no specific timescale, but it usually takes about a year to complete an NVQ Level 1, 2 or 3. Assessment consists of observation, where an assessor watches the student to check they can do the required tasks, and portfolio assessment, where the student builds up evidence of what they have done at work.