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Been looking to dig my NVQ certificates out of the loft. does anyone know in ONC terms what these equate too? ie Level 2 and Level 3 NVQ equates to what in an ONC.

 

 

Have you tried googling 'national qualifications'?

 

 

it should be on www.direct.gov.uk

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NVQ 2 is really basic training

 

NVQ 3 is about city & guilds standard

 

both less than ONC

Not quite. People will always argu the toss over which type is better, however, ONC, now referred to as just NC (National Certificate), is broadly on par with NVQ level 3, whilst the HNC, kind of straddles the upper A level / lower degree level. As an example many degree course, follow a HNC course of study during the first year.

 

In traditional crafts (Engineering / Construction etc) NVQ2 would be your 'craft' qualification (Bricklayer, Painter, Machine Operative, mechanic etc) whilst NVQ3 would be your technician (Plumbing, Electrician, precision engineer, motor technician)

 

There is a factsheet from the QCA attached.

QCA.pdf

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Thanks for the last few threads some useful information, strikes me that these days if you can only get an NVQ in a certain trade etc you are labelled as either thick or not much use when it is the not the candidates fault that these are the only certificates being issued. as ONC are now pre historic. think the employers need to get up to date

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Thanks for the last few threads some useful information, strikes me that these days if you can only get an NVQ in a certain trade etc you are labelled as either thick or not much use when it is the not the candidates fault that these are the only certificates being issued. as ONC are now pre historic. think the employers need to get up to date

 

You're correct, but there are civil servants whose job it is to keep employers up to date on current qualifications and maybe they're not doing it well enough.

 

The following site explains the relationship between NVQ's and other qualifications - and NVQ's are NOT inferior. They were designed to show knowledge AND competence in a particular occupational area, rather than a general academic qualification which proved nothing other than knowledge and the ability to pass exams. The old ONC equates to a BTEC National Certificate or NVQ level 3 or 2 'A' levels - all of which can lead on to a degree, but the 'A' levels give wider choice of subjects - NVQ's are subject specific.

 

http://rlab.lse.ac.uk/data/depository/terms.htm

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