What are NVQs?
Edexcel National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) are qualifications delivered in the workplace or settings that replicate the working environment.
NVQs are outcome-based with no fixed learning programme, permitting flexibility of delivery to meet the individual candidate’s needs.
NVQs are based on national occupational standards (NOS). These standards define the competencies, knowledge and understanding needed in a given occupation, and identify outcomes that can be assessed.
NOS are set and designed by the relevant sector body - either a Sector Skills Council or a standards setting body recognised by the government. NOS:
- cover almost every occupation
- are presented as units
- form the basis of all National Vocational Qualifications.
There are NVQs at different levels, ranging from 1 to 5, depending on the sector. This allows learners to study at a level that’s appropriate to their job role and level of experience, and progress accordingly.
What occupations do Edexcel NVQs cover?
There are NVQs for a huge variety of careers, ranging from hairdressing and engineering to policing and design.
How are NVQs assessed?
Assessment of NVQs is evidence-based, although other methods of assessment are available for different components, where appropriate.
The Edexcel NVQ quality assurance processes guarantee consistency, validity, reliability, sufficiency, currency and authenticity of evidence at a national level.
Our quality assurance process is conducted by trained, qualified and occupationally competent external verifiers.
As part of our commitment to excellent customer service, Edexcel NVQ external verifiers also provide support, advice and guidance to Edexcel-approved centres.