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NVQ course evidence – what can you submit?

As NVQ courses focus on obtaining relevant skills in the workplace, evidence is required to prove the candidate has been able to complete units. Evidence can be submitted in the following forms:

– witness statements – this can be provided by a fellow employee or line manager within the company or other related individuals within your area of work.

– the NVQ assessor working with you can also provide evidence that you have performed certain tasks.

– prior qualifications can sometimes count towards evidence (Accreditation of Prior Achievement)

Other types of evidence may be acceptable by your course provider. It’s important that the evidence is genuine and that tasks can be repeated if need be. The evidence needs to cover all aspects of the task required.

Evidence can be in the form of witness statements, video footage, audio recordings, projects and reports. Speak to your NVQ assessor about what is submittable and in what form.


NVQ Level 2 in Carpentry

Carpentry is a very well respected vocation and it takes time and dedication to master the art. An NVQ Level 2 Carpentry is an excellent choice for a vocational qualification, because there is nothing more valuable than getting your hands dirty and learning the skills required.

This course may lead you to work in schools, roads, hospitals, offices and airports and many more public or private environments.

The course typically involves working in an environment you may find yourself in as a carpenter. You will be expected to carry out practical and written assessments and an NVQ assessor will test your ability to carry out tasks.

Salary: Up to £27,000 but potential to earn more self-employed.

The units you may be required to cover are as follows:

– Health and safety. This is especially important in such a profession as you will be using power tools and handling various types of wood.

– Be able to make illustrations. Preparation is the key.

– Numeracy and communication skills

– Joining products and skills

– Planning methodically

– Installing first and second fixing

– Maintaining carpentry work

– Bench work/site work

– Erecting timber frames

– Shop fitting

Duration: Up to 2 years

Hairdressing academy offering NVQ hairdressing apprenticeships

70 apprenticeships are being offered in Birmingham by a hair academy, Francesco Group, who have opened a training facility.

The academy will be located on New Birmingham Street in Birmingham.

The academy are offering the following apprenticeships:

50 apprenticeships offering a two year course, qualifying in NVQ level 2 Hairdressing
20 apprenticeships offering experience on the job as a hairdresser.

The start of the course will start in September 2012.

NVQ courses ARE the way to go…

According to principal of John Ruskin College, Croydon, it was the correct decision to park A levels and offer vocational courses to young students. Tim Eyton-Jones decided back in 2010 that students would be better off participating in NVQs such as hair, beauty, business and administration and media.

As we know, NVQ courses enable students to gain experience in their chosen subjects and during this unstable economy vocational subjects are worth so much more than academic subjects.

Mr Eyton-Jones wants to continue to improve on these skills and realises that these core skills are crucial in every day life i.e. how to deal with staff, how to organise your time, managements, dealing with customers or work colleagues. It’s these core skills which a number of young graduates are lacking in, so I hope other colleges will also follow suit and offer NVQs more and more.

John Ruskin College have pulled out the stops to help students in the working environment.The college has created a broadcasting centre akin to the BBC newsroom, a replica nursery for NVQ childcare courses and even a salon for hair a beauty courses.

Macs are also being provided, stepping away from the typical PC environment of the classroom.

Full article here


Apprenticeships – NVQ Courses

Our website is dedicated to NVQ courses, but it’s worth mentioning a little about apprenticeships as a whole.



These are designed to help you succeed in a career by actually working and are usually for jobs which require a hands on approach. It wouldn’t make sense to become a plumber by only studying, because the job is so practical.apprenticeships nvq courses

As with all apprenticeships, you would need to study alongside working, which can be a challenge for some, but at least you will have a salary at the end of the month.

You will be trained by professionals with a structure programme, ensuring you are progressing well.

The requirements for an apprenticeship is as follows:

– you must be over 16

– you must be numerate

– you cannot be in full time education

– you must be a UK resident


Types of apprenticeships

Intermediate Apprenticeships (equivalent to five GCSEs or NVQ Level 2 courses)
Advanced Level Apprenticeships (equivalent to two A levels)
Higher Apprenticeships (leading to NVQ Level 4 qualifications)

For more information about the choice of apprenticeships, please visit the National Apprenticeship Service


NVQ courses – Give your career a boost!

Give your career a kick

It’s 9am and you’re arriving for working wondering why you bother with this mundane job. Then you remember that there are bills to pay and you resign yourself to a day of tasks you’d rather not do! So why are you putting up with this lousy job instead of kick starting your career by completing a course? NVQ courses, amongst many, are designed to improve your chances of earning more money by training you whilst you work. Sounds too good to be true?

NVQ courses have been around for many years and were designed to act like apprenticeships, where you learn on the job to perfect a particular skill. Now, there are hundreds of NVQ courses to choose from, so it’s likely that there will be a course in your particular field.

All you need to do is speak to your employer (usually your manager) about whether the company would be prepared to support you in completing a course. With an NVQ, there will be assessments and interactions with other members of staff, so your company will need to be on board with your decision. An NVQ assessor will need to support you in order to gain your certificate at the end of the course, so you will need to contact the relevant NVQ awarding organisation to arrange this.

Companies can pay for NVQ courses if they feel the business, as a whole, will benefit. Otherwise you may have to financially support yourself along the course (and some can take a few years to complete).

It’s well worth investigating, as it could mean the difference between an assistant role and a management role.

NVQ Level 3 Beauty Therapy

An NVQ Level 3 in Beauty Therapy will be more advanced and will require more advanced experience within this field.

Take me to NVQ Level 2 Beauty Therapy


Typical mandatory units:

– Electrical treatments (face and body)

– Body massage

– Health and safety in the workplace

– Promoting the beauty therapy business


Typical optional units:

– Airbrush make up techniques

– Indian head massage

– Intimate waxing services

– Stone therapy

– Eyelash exentions


City & Guild Level 3

EDEXCEL Beauty Therapy Levels and Qualifications

NVQ Level 2 Beauty Therapy

An NVQ Level 2 in Beauty Therapy covers skills within beauty salons, as beauty consultants or therapists.

At Level 2, you would have some experience already within this field.

Take me to NVQ Level 3 Beauty Therapy


Typical mandatory units can include:

– Being able to provide waxing services

– Pedicure and manicure services

– Facial care treatments

– Being aware of health and safety in the work place

– Eyebrow services

– Eyelash services


Optional units may include:

– Ear piercing

– Using spa treatments

– Threading services


EDEXCEL Beauty Therapy Levels and Qualifications

NVQ Level 3 Nail Technician Services

This level is the more advanced for the NVQ course in Nail Technician Services. Beauty therapy NVQ courses are becoming more popular amongst beauty therapists.

Take me to NVQ Level 2 Nail Technician Services


Typical mandatory units:

– Design nail artwork

– Repairing artificial nails

– Maintaining artificial nails

– Additional beauty products/services to clients


Typical optional units:

– Tanning treatments

– Legal requirements for nail care business

– Providing artwork/designs for nail techniques.

NVQ Level 2 Nail Technician Services

NVQ courses in Nail Services are becoming more popular as part of beauty therapy courses. This is the entry level for this course.

Take me to NVQ Level 3 Nail Technician Services


Typical mandatory units:

– Manicure treatments
– Pedicure treatments
– Maintaining extended nails
– Extending nails
– Artistic nail services
– Awareness of health and safety


Typical optional units:

– Piercing ears
– Spa treatments
– Eyelash treatments
– Eyebrow treatments

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