Accredited Qualifications



ASAT offer a wide range of Accredited Qualifications through our long standing relationships as an approved centre and providor with City & Guilds, OCR, CIEH & ILM.  These qualifications enable learners to prove competency in a particular job and develop their skills and knowledge, allowing them to progress to other qualifications and in their careers. Achieving one of the many qualifications available means that people have the skills, knowledge and understanding to perform effectively in a job. Anderson Stockley offer over 30 Acredited Qualifications and many other skill enhancing training programmes.

When working on an Accredited qualification learners compile a portfolio of evidence (that proves they can do a job and understand the requirements of their job) by being assessed and set work,  whilst working on a day to day basis. Each NVQ is divided into units, which reflect the different aspects of a defined employment position. Each unit is completed in turn and after all units are completed to the required standard a full NVQ is achieved.

People undertaking an NVQ can claim Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL). This can come from previous work experience as well as formal learning and qualifications previously achieved.

What is an NVQ?

An NVQ is a National Vocational Qualification. It is a work-based qualification designed to measure competence in a particular role.

An NVQ is different from a traditionally taught training course, as it requires learners to show what they currently do in their job and how they have the underpinning knowledge necessary to do their work, as opposed to teaching and testing on new knowledge. To prove their competence, candidates collect evidence from their workplace according to the National Occupational Standard (NOS) of the NVQ. This evidence is compiled in a portfolio and assessed as part of the qualification.

What qualifications are equivalent to an NVQ?

Because NVQs are work-based qualifications, it is difficult to give exact academic equivalents. However, as a guide:

• Level 3 NVQ = BTEC National Certificate or Diploma
• Level 4 NVQ = BTEC Higher National Certificate or Diploma
• Level 5 NVQ = First degree or professional qualification

Why should I do an NVQ?

Completion of an NVQ shows current and potential future employers that people are competent in their work and demonstrates an interest in continued development, improving employability and learning ability.

Who decides my starting level?

The position and work done in current employment determines which NVQ subject and level each learner undertakes. Learners also receive a full diagnostic assessment before agreeing the level and subject of any NVQ to ensure that the correct level and subject is selected for each person. 

Do I have to attend a college or night school?

No. NVQs are an assessment of competence in the workplace. An assessor will visit delegates in their workplace to carry out a range of assessments.  Assessors may also need to talk with your colleagues and/or line manager.

Is there any homework?

Yes, there will be a requirement for learners to complete some work outside of the time spent with assessors. However, the majority of evidence is collected and compiled in the workplace as a result of normal, daily work.

Organising and cross referencing evidence and compiling your portfolio is part of the qualification.  You will receive help with this task, but some personal time may need to be used to complete it.

Are there any examinations?

Most NVQ’s undertaken do not require , or involve an examination at the end of the process. Our assessor will assess learners knowledge  in their workplace, over the period of the NVQ being undertaken.

Our Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 does have a final written exam. However, a lot of time preparing and learning all knowledge is spent before undertaking the exam.

Will it stop me from doing my job?

No. In fact, an NVQ will enhance and complement learners jobs and demonstrate their competence and ability to progress.

How much time will it take?

Learners work at their own pace (within reason) when taking an NVQ. The time it takes to complete an NVQ may be affected by workload, learners commitment (and their employer’s) and how easily the required evidence can be found by learners. As a rough guide the times below show the average time each NVQ should take to complete:

Level 2 NVQ   6 – 10 months
Level 3 NVQ   9 – 12 months
Level 4 NVQ 12 – 18 months

Can I fail an NVQ?

No. NVQ’s can not be failed, if learners do all the work satisfactorily. All work or evidence required will be identified by our assessor who will help learners find additional, or different evidence if required.

How often will I see my assessor?

Your assessor should either visit, or be in contact every four weeks.

How long will a visit last?

This will vary depending on what our assessor has planned but typically an hour or more.

What if I change my employer?

If people change employers the NVQ can be continued in their new job, after agreement with the new employer.

How can I apply for an NVQ?

Contact Anderson Stockley Accredited Training

 01604 871340 – Option 1