NVQs (QCF competence-based qualifications) measure skills that are directly relevant to a work role. They are competence-based and measure whether a person can carry out the work to a defined national standard of current best practice.
In contrast, BTECs are taught programmes. They offer a mix of theory and practice, and can also include an element of work experience. Some BTEC short courses are recognised as technical certificates, one of the components of an Apprenticeship.
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