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NVQ Level 3 Childcare – Questions to Consider

NVQ Level 3 Childcare

The relationship between child and adult is an extremely important one and as an NVQ Level 3 childcare course student, you will already be experienced in childcare to an extent.  Children really do excel when they are in the correct environment where they feel respected and loved.

Some questions worth thinking about are:

–       what settings can a child learn through play?

–       How can a child feel welcome and appreciated in a particular setting?

–       What bevahiour is appropriate and what is not?

–       Every child will require different diplomacy skills, depending on age so how would you go about doing this?

–       Children ask questions, so what is the best setting for them to feel comfortable to do so.

–       Why is consistency so important for babies/children?

–       How would you deal with various communication problems?

–       If the child is finding difficulties with any of the above, how would you deal with the rest of the child’s family?

–       What are the legal requirements of dealing with such issues?

–       How would you deal with confidentiality?

–       How would you identify a child at risk from harm?

NVQ Level 3 in Childcare

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NVQ courses in Activity Leadership – be a football coach?

It’s disheartening, but there are many youngsters who simply don’t make it as footballers after, in many cases, spending years in training.  For those who are still football mad and have found themselves in this unfortunate position, there is an NVQ course worth thinking about.  activity leadership nvq coursesIt’s the NVQ in Activity Leadership. It’s a great way to learn all there is to know regarding management and spotting talent.
This is the case right now in Chelmsford for a group of young men who are training to become professional football coaches after having no luck becoming footballers themselves.  The Government funded course is taking place at Chelmsford College and details of the course can be accessed by contacting

Why I think NVQ course funding should be available to everyone

A 22 year old man from Northumberland has set up an e-petition to encourage everyone to be elligble for funded NVQ courses. Currently those with degrees and those over a certain age will not be funded by the Government, but this means a huge number of graduates who have struggled to progress will be expected to fund their own courses.  nvq courses available to allIf they’re lucky, they may be able to encourage their employers to pay for an NVQ course, but it’s those that are seeking employment who will suffer.

Ben Winfield completed a forensic degree at University, but has been struggling to find work since graduating. A government funded NVQ course will improve his CV and thus his chances of finding stable employment.

I’ve signed the e-petition as I think it’s important that people of all ages and all backgrounds are encouraged to aim high.


Interview Techniques after NVQ courses

You’ve gained your NVQ level 1, 2 or 3 and now you’re wondering what the next step in your career should be?

Each time you complete an NVQ course, you are able to apply for more senior roles in your field and if you are worried about interviews, perhaps you should read through these interview techniques.  The full PDF can be downloaded for free when you sign up to NVQ Courses Hub.

Research the company AND the interviewers!

It’s always a good idea to research the company as much as possible including the market they are in, any financial information and the structure. The company is likely to have a corporate website, so make sure you read as much as possible, paying particular attention to the ‘About Us’ section (if they have one). The vacancy you are applying for will be solving a problem the company are facing, so make sure you are aware of how you will slot in. If you are applying for a job as a web designer, you’ll want to know whether there is a team of web designers or whether you are the first. Perhaps the company have just launched their new e-commerce website and you’ll be a major part of the team. Maybe you’ll simply join a huge team of web designers already maintaining multiple websites.


Telephone or in person?

Employers are increasingly opting for telephone interviews, rather than meeting in person. Approach each type of interview slightly differently.

Telephone Interviews

It’s quite common for employers to want to call prospective candidates, rather than invite them in face to face (potentially wasting their time and yours).
Whilst many candidates dislike this rather informal way of being interviewed, it’s a good way to prepare any notes or keep your CV in front of you. In some instances, not being face to face can increase confidence when answering questions. You omit any travel woes and there is no need to worry about your appearance!

Interviews Face To Face

This is the preferred method on both sides. It’s an opportunity for the employer to get a good impression about you and it also gives you an opportunity to see the offices in which you’ll work (as well as building an impression of the manager). In this case, it’s important to be well dressed and groomed.
First impressions tend to last, so it’s important to show you are smart on the outside as well as the inside. Be aware of your body language. Sit upright with your hands on your lap.

DO NOT slouch and fidget as this can portray laziness and nervousness.

Have you thought about storing your presentations online?

Questions, Questions, Questions?

The most common questions asked by potential employers are below. Ensure you have answers for them:

  • What do you feel are your strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • Why are you leaving your current role?
  • What can you bring to this role?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years time?
  • Do you have any long term goals?



NVQ course in Supporting Teaching (Teaching Assistant)

Duration: 6 months to 2 years

The NVQ courses in Supporting Teaching and Learning involves supporting the requirements and needs of students in schools. The course covers students in secondary and primary schools, as well as special needs schools.

To complete the NVQ course, you would need to demonstrate care, the students’ welfare and also being aware of child learning and behaviour.




If you are working as a teaching assistant, this NVQ course is ideal for you to progress. You can apply if you work as a teaching assistant in any type of school.


What the NVQ course will cover:

  • giving support during therapy sessions.
  • encouraging students to be independent and self reliant
  • various administration duties.
  • helping students to learn and understand
  • assisting with multilingual students



Requirements for NVQ Level 2 in Supporting Teaching

– fundamental skills in children’s safety and support their development
– aim to be more resonsible in the classroom.


Requirements for NVQ level 3 in Supporting Teaching
– you will need to have been a teaching assistant for a fair amount of time.
– aim to be a mentor to the students and potentially lead a team.


Information on QCF Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 2 and 3

Before choosing a teaching assistant qualification, read more about courses, colleges and online options. Many teaching assistant jobs will require a related qualification, but it’s not essential.

Hilton to fund NVQ Level 2 in Professional Cookery for 50 budding chefs

Hilton Worldwide is to offer 50 future chefs to obtain their NVQ level 2 in Professional Cookery.

The 12 month course will include head chef masterclasses, mentoring, a look into the Hilton Worldwide hotel workings and he possibility to earn on the job, too.

All apprentices will be fully funded (including travel expenses) and will earn their NVQ course in Professional Cookery – level 2 with a chance to progress to level 3.

Candidates have until 10th June 2012 to apply – visit

NVQ courses to be reduced in number from 2014

NVQ courses to be cut

There are currently over 3,000 vocational qualifications equivalent to GCSE standard, which will be cut to 125 from 2014.

This is a move by the Government to stop schools inflating their league table positions by offering courses equivalent to GCSEs but which are not deemed to be helping students improve their job prospects.

Ministers first announced plans to filter out ‘unhelpful’ NVQ courses in 2011, following Professor Alison Wolf’s review of vocational education.

Vocational qualifications have increased in popularity as more young people opt for work related qualifications, rather than opt for more traditional ones. The 70 vocational courses selected for 2014 onwards will still be equivalent to  GCSEs and should assist students in improving their career prospects. Yes, many NVQ courses may indeed lead nowhere for students, but this process should help assess which ones are more important and thus more valuable to employers.

(edit: this NVQ courses hub article has been updated)




NVQ courses business guide for employers – by Ofqual

Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) have put together an NVQ business guide for employers to consider when choosing the correct NVQ model.

Taken from the NVQ business guide:

“This guide has been developed as a tool to assist organisations when they are considering NVQ implementation.

Its purpose is to:

• Encourage employers to identify the difference that the introduction of occupational standards can make to their organisation.

• Help them to recognise that there are a variety of models for NVQ implementation depending on the organisation’s culture, structure, business size, priorities etc.

What is right for implementing NVQs in one organisation may not work for another. Organisations may also require different implementation routes for different occupational areas within their company.
Best practice NVQ implementation is based on the organisation fully understanding the potential of occupational standards and how these relate to their business objectives. This ensures the effect on the business can be accurately evaluated at the end of the process.”

Download full Ofqual PDF



Active IQ Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Personal Training course


The Active IQ Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Personal Training is on the Qualifications and Credit Framework. This qualification underpins the role of a Personal Trainer and enables learners to prove competence in the workplace. This NVQ qualification gives learners the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills to work with individual and groups of clients in a personal training setting.

Qualification structure and credit value

Learners must achieve 9 mandatory units (48 credits) and may complete the additional units if appropriate.

Mandatory Units

Learners must complete all 9 mandatory units (credit value required; Minimum 48, Maximum 48)

  • Unit 1 – Reflect on and develop own practice in providing exercise and physical activity (F/601/7362) – this unit is worth 4 credits
  • Unit 2 – Principles of exercise, fitness and health (A/600/9017) – this unit is worth 4 credits
  • Unit 3 – Promote health, safety and welfare in active leisure and recreation (D/601/4484) – this unit is worth 4 credits
  • Unit 4 – Anatomy and physiology for exercise and health (A/600/9051) – this unit is worth 6 credits
  • Unit 5 – Motivate clients to maintain long terms adherence to exercise and physical activity (K/601/7758) – this unit is worth 4 credits
  • Unit 6 – Evaluate exercise and physical activity programmes (M/601/7759) – this unit is worth 3 credits
  •  Unit 7 – Design, manage and adapt a personal training programme with clients (H/601/7760) – this unit is worth 6  credits
  •  Unit 8 – Deliver exercise and physical activity as part of a personal training programme (K/601/7761) – this unit is worth 10 credits
  • Unit 9 – Apply the principles of nutrition to support client goals as part of an exercise and physical activity programme (M/601/7762) – this unit is worth 7 credits

Additional Unit

Learners may complete this additional unit although it does not form part of the mandatory requirements for this qualification.

Credit Value required: Maximum 5.

  • Plan, market and sell services (T/601/7763) – this unit is worth 5 credits


Internally assessed:

  • Portfolio of Evidence
  • Practical Demonstration / Assignment
  • Coursework

For full details, including pricing and learning hours, please download Active IQ NVQ course PDF 

List of all Active IQ’s NVQ courses

Active IQ Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Leisure Management course


This qualification is designed for learners to prove their competency, knowledge and skills in dealing with the performance of other staff, the well-being and safety of customers, as well as the day-to day operation of a sport and recreation facility.

Entry requirements

There are no specific pre-requisite qualifications but there is an element of communication (discussing, presenting, reading and writing) involved and learners should have basic skills in communication pitched at Level 2. As this is a competency qualification learners need to be assessed in the workplace.

Qualification structure and credit value 

The learner must achieve all 34 credits from all 11 mandatory units, plus a minimum of 2 credits from any Group A optional units, and a minimum of 5 credits from any Group B optional units.

Mandatory Units

The learner must achieve all 34 credits from all 11 mandatory units.

(download PDF below for more details on units)


  • Multiple Choice question paper • Worksheets
  • Work Based Practical Observation
  • Coursework/ portfolio of evidence

For full details, including pricing and learning hours, please download Active IQ NVQ course PDF 

List of all Active IQ’s NVQ courses

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