A vocational qualification is defined as a recognised qualification at any level relating to a particular line of work or specific job role. These qualifications have an emphasis on the assessment of practical skills and knowledge.
National Vocational Qualifications are practical, work-related courses. They reflect the skills and knowledge needed to do a job effectively and show that you are competent in the area of work that your NVQ represents. A training course leads you through a series of assessments against national standards.
As your skills develop, you will build up a number of units to a full NVQ at a particular level. The course length can vary depending on the level and your own progress.
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These are practical programmes which are highly valued by employers. They are available in a wide range of work related subjects and focus on your chosen vocational area.
Assessment is through assignments, a portfolio of work, in-depth study, and planning.
BTEC diplomas are available at Levels 1-4:
- Introductory Certificate/Diploma
- First Diploma
- National or Extended Certificate/Diploma
- High National Certificate/Diploma
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