View Full Version : What is NVQ level 2 the equivalent to?


bostonaire
26-07-2005, 20:40
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bostonaire
26-07-2005, 20:53
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zozzer
26-07-2005, 21:05
because they are work related they are not the same as gcse's A levels etc...

but i think a nvq 2 could be regarded as 1 or 2 A levels

cgksheff
26-07-2005, 21:07
Several sources including this one (http://www.businesslinkwessex.co.uk/pages/display.asp?id=3349) say:


NVQ Level 2
(Equivalent to Intermediate GNVQ or 4-5 GCSEs at grade A-C)

Some suggest it has equivalency to an A-level or a couple of AS-levels.

All say that there is no simple direct comparison between what is essentially a Vocational qualification and Academic ones.

What is subject/course is your NVQ in?

SpiderPete
26-07-2005, 22:01
When you say a NVQ with 6 credits, is this a full NVQ or did you just complete certains units only ?

As far as I can remember NVQ2 = 5 GSCE`s

Dunno what a NVQ is equal to though.

Twiglet
26-07-2005, 23:08
I used to teach ECDL which is regarded as an NVQ 2, and it's considered equivalent to one GCSE grade A-C. It is GNVQ's which are considered equivalent to 4-5 GCSE's.

The same source linked to below states that: NVQ Level 2 is equivalent to a GCSE A-C grade

Classic Rock
27-07-2005, 10:44
If you haven't actually achieved the NVQ 2 and just have credits towards it then this isn't the full qualification. Stating the obvious I know.

You'd be considered to be at Entry level (NVQ 1) or thereabouts. I suggest completing it if you can to get the full accolade.

extaxman
27-07-2005, 20:13
As everyone else has said you can't really compare NVQ's with GCSE's. It's like comparing an apple with a banana!

Anyway, this is my attempt:-
NVQ level 1 = 2-3 GCSE's
NVQ level 2 = 5-6 GCSE's
NVQ level 3 = 1-2 A level's
NVQ level 4 = Degree level
NVQ level 5 = Masters degree level.

Where are all the people saying NVQ stands for Not Very Qualified - don't tell me we have finally got rid of them!

bostonaire
27-07-2005, 20:28
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cgksheff
28-07-2005, 08:16
National Open College Network.
Losts of answers here:
http://www.nocn.org.uk/learners/nocn-learners.html#levels

Basically, OCN Level are comparable to the equivalent NVQ Level so the earlier answers (at least the correct ones) still apply.

The 6 credits indicate the value of the learning that can then be used to gain access to further training/education (and can be recognised by employers).
You can add up credits gained from other courses in order to reach the number required for university admission or similar.

yasir1627
26-06-2006, 14:03
As everyone else has said you can't really compare NVQ's with GCSE's. It's like comparing an apple with a banana!

Anyway, this is my attempt:-
NVQ level 1 = 2-3 GCSE's
NVQ level 2 = 5-6 GCSE's
NVQ level 3 = 1-2 A level's
NVQ level 4 = Degree level
NVQ level 5 = Masters degree level.

Where are all the people saying NVQ stands for Not Very Qualified - don't tell me we have finally got rid of them!

Can you please tell me the source of your above information ?, you can reply me on yasir1627@yahoo.com thanks

yer_get_meh
26-06-2006, 14:46
oh dear, NVQ's are so easy its unbelievable, I have level 4 in Cust Services and also have a BA HOns degree...my degree was so much more difficult its untrue...whoever makes the comparisons do not know what they are on about! Like the drones who used to say BTEC's were the same as A levels, yet only the dumbo's took BTEC's, no offence like!

neeeeeeeeeek
26-06-2006, 14:58
I think that NVQ rating is highly optimistic, NVQ's are very basic, sorry but it's true. The only people who would possible compare NVQ's to other qualifications are job centre staff who try and force people to take then to improve the unemployment figures.

KenH
26-06-2006, 14:59
oh dear, NVQ's are so easy its unbelievable, I have level 4 in Cust Services and also have a BA HOns degree...my degree was so much more difficult its untrue...whoever makes the comparisons do not know what they are on about! Like the drones who used to say BTEC's were the same as A levels, yet only the dumbo's took BTEC's, no offence like!

This has happened to me with some of my other qualifications (not NVQ's in my case). I have had people who have done the same qualification but don't have a degree and they say "this qualification is the same as a masters degree". Having done both my usual answer is that the two aren't the same in either difficulty, study time or any other key criteria. I suspect that some of the NVQ's are much the same.

yer_get_meh
26-06-2006, 15:02
This has happened to me with some of my other qualifications (not NVQ's in my case). I have had people who have done the same qualification but don't have a degree and they say "this qualification is the same as a masters degree". Having done both my usual answer is that the two aren't the same in either difficulty, study time or any other key criteria. I suspect that some of the NVQ's are much the same.

too right KH, no two qualifications are the same, they all have different methods of reaching the desired goals, and thus cannot be compared. If you want a degree do a degree etc

manxy
09-07-2006, 11:51
Hi all,i have a question and hope some 1 can shed some light on it.....

My wife is thinking of starting a child care course and with the ammount of books available she's finding it hard to find a nvq level 1,she has 1 called certificate child care and education wich i think covers L2 and 3.

What is the best book to get for L1 or does it come under another name?

thx in advance!

melthebell
09-07-2006, 12:04
i did an NVQ 2 in IT and also one in customer service

still couldnt get a job involving those areas :(

Rich
09-07-2006, 12:12
i did an NVQ 2 in IT and also one in customer service

still couldnt get a job involving those areas :(

Same here, I did NVQs in retail at Loxley College about 10 years ago, never been able to get a job in retail ever since, cos they all say I'm over-qualified for minimum wage shelf stacking jobs! :rant: That and the fact I'm disabled, which means they automatically bin my application anyway.

melthebell
09-07-2006, 12:13
Same here, I did NVQs in retail at Loxley College about 10 years ago, never been able to get a job in retail ever since, cos they all say I'm over-qualified for minimum wage shelf stacking jobs! :rant: That and the fact I'm disabled, which means they automatically bin my application anyway.

thats funny cos i get mine binned for being able bodied white english male :P
strange

im also too young for some jobs and too old for others?????????????

manxy
09-07-2006, 12:15
sorry guys but i fail to see where that answers my question if you dont mind me saying so...i to have multiple nvq's comming out of my ears but im trying to help my wife here to find the right book for her.....

melthebell
09-07-2006, 12:25
sorry guys but i fail to see where that answers my question if you dont mind me saying so...i to have multiple nvq's comming out of my ears but im trying to help my wife here to find the right book for her.....

thats prolly cos we wernt answering your question :)

Don_Kiddick
09-07-2006, 12:32
NVQ certs (http://www.porcher.ca/french/products/images/faucet_images/acc-toilet-paper-holder.jpg) please take one :thumbsup:

melthebell
09-07-2006, 12:37
i went to an employment agency in middlesbrough
filling in the form, i didnt have any proper job experience so on my cv i put my nvq courses down as work as you gain the qualification while working in the job.
she removed it all and put it all in the training section then said as i had no work experience even theyd find it almost impossible to find me work.

good job i found my own job then thats all i can say :)

sam1984
09-07-2006, 12:44
I did an NVQ level 2 a few years back and it was the easiest thing ever! I could have done it with my eyes closed! It was so much simpler than GCSE's and A-levels I had done previously

artisan
09-07-2006, 12:47
NVQ certs (http://www.porcher.ca/french/products/images/faucet_images/acc-toilet-paper-holder.jpg) please take one :thumbsup:
Not very fair that Don. People work damn hard for NVQ's They are worth a lot more than written exam qualifications.
At least the people have shown that they can do the work, and not just write about it.

artisan
09-07-2006, 13:29
i went to an employment agency in middlesbrough
filling in the form, i didnt have any proper job experience so on my cv i put my nvq courses down as work as you gain the qualification while working in the job.
she removed it all and put it all in the training section then said as i had no work experience even theyd find it almost impossible to find me work.

good job i found my own job then thats all i can say :)

The people who work at job agencies are totally useless.
I went to one once who claim to be 'Specialists in Skilled, Technical, and Engineering Recruitment'
I went into give in my details, the lass said 'Im sorry I know nothing about engineering, can you talk me through your CV' What a farce.
It wasnt a mock interview, she really had no knowledge at all. And she is the senior consultant.
This is not a small outfit I am talking about either. Big posh offices etc, but they dont know their arse from their elbow.

melthebell
09-07-2006, 13:31
The people who work at job agencies are totally useless.
I went to one once who claim to be 'Specialists in Skilled, Technical, and Engineering Recruitment'
I went into give in my details, the lass said 'Im sorry I know nothing about engineering, can you talk me through your CV' What a farce.
It wasnt a mock interview, she really had no knowledge at all. And she is the senior consultant.
This is not a small outfit I am talking about either. Big posh offices etc, but they dont know their arse from their elbow.
well even don k could set one up :P

Rich
09-07-2006, 13:53
i went to an employment agency in middlesbrough
filling in the form, i didnt have any proper job experience so on my cv i put my nvq courses down as work as you gain the qualification while working in the job.
she removed it all and put it all in the training section then said as i had no work experience even theyd find it almost impossible to find me work.

good job i found my own job then thats all i can say :)

Ugh, don't even get me started on how useless job centre staff are... :rant:

I told my DEA (Disability Employment Advisor) I wanted retail work, the dozy twit looked for Warehouse work for me, even though I specifically requested shop floor work :loopy: :rant:

And as for the job centre staff themselves, biggest waste of time ever IMO, most useless gang of halfwits ever to walk the face of the fuffing Earth honestly the lot of 'em!

avid_merrion
09-07-2006, 14:01
NVQ Level 1 = Not Very Qualified
NVQ Level 2 = Not Very Qualified Again
NVQ Level 3 = Whats The Point Employers Take No Notice of These.

artisan
09-07-2006, 14:20
NVQ Level 1 = Not Very Qualified
NVQ Level 2 = Not Very Qualified Again
NVQ Level 3 = Whats The Point Employers Take No Notice of These.
As you call your sell a courier, are we to believe that your major qualification is a driving license?
I am a highly qualified Engineer, but I consider NVQ's to be higher than a lot of proffesional qualifications. They are obtained by experience and work, not by sitting at a college desk, and are often accompanied with C&G certificates.
I would rather employ someone with a good NVQ than someone straight out of college any day.
I would add that I would give them both a chance if possible

Don_Kiddick
11-07-2006, 01:27
well even don k could set one up :P
Hey you'd be surprised what I can do :thumbsup:

Rich
11-07-2006, 10:16
Oh yeah, Don's quite good for a Rotherham native :D