What is NVQ qualifications?

NVQ’s are work-oriented vocational qualifications. Unlike traditional qualifications, they can be tailored to suit the learner’s need.

There are no final exams. Instead, NVQ’s focus on the learners skills, knowledge and behaviour within the workplace.

There are no academic entry requirements, but candidates must be working in a position in which they can gain the evidence necessary to prove competent performance.

 


The University of South Wales offers two NVQ’s qualifications:

  • NVQ’s in Supply Chain Management Level 3 and 5 are nationally recognised qualifications derived from the Supply Chain Management and Logistics National Occupational Standards (NOS) in consultation with UK organisations and their managers in the public, private and voluntary sectors.  The NVQ promotes best practice in the main commercial aspects of procurement, contract management and inventory and skills management.

 

  • NVQ’s in Management and Leadership at Levels 5 and 7 (Strategic Management & Leadership). These qualifications are nationally recognised  and will allow you to gain recognition for the skills, knowledge and understanding gained within your vocational area. Based on the National Occupational Standards, they have been developed by the Management Standards Centre (MSC) through consultation with UK organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

PLEASE NOTE: For all NVQs you can start at anytime as the NVQ programme is not governed by the academic year.

Level 3 Diploma in Supply Chain Management

This qualification is for procurement professionals who carry out a broad range of complex, non-routine, varied work activities with considerable responsibility, autonomy and collaboration with others. Typically senior stock controllers, assistant buyers or team leaders.

  • Do the NVQs link with academic programmes?

The recommended route is to progress from NVQ Level 3 to NVQ Level 5, possibly using some of the academic programmes as in-depth knowledge back-up if needed. However, on completion of your NVQ, you will also be awarded general credit points which could be used against academic programmes.


Level 5 Diploma in Supply Chain Management

This level of NVQ is for procurement professionals who carry out a broad range of complex, technical or professional work activities with substantial personal responsibility, autonomy, responsibility for others and allocation of resources. Typically stock managers, procurement managers, buyers or senior buyers.

This NVQ can give candidates entry to the University’s MSc programmes in Supply Chain Management, subject to academic approval. Further information can be obtained through a meeting with academic staff.

  • Do the NVQs link with academic programmes?

The recommended route is to progress from NVQ Level 3 to NVQ Level 5, possibly using some of the academic programmes as in-depth knowledge back-up if needed. However, on completion of your NVQ, you will also be awarded general credit points which can be used against academic programmes.

You should note, however, that these are general credit points and may not match specific academic programmes clearly. Therefore, any exemptions for credits awarded have to be individually negotiated.


Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Management and Leadership

For the Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Management and Leadership, candidates are typically middle managers, with personal responsibility and autonomy.

Candidates at this level may find that the focus of their work is more to do with managing projects, or technical matters,than people.

You should have the ability and opportunity to demonstrate management and leadership skills as your role should include some aspect of:

  • Managing business processes or finance.
  • Developing and implementing operational plans.
  • Leading, planning and implementing change.

Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership

Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership concentrates on senior managers,those with a high degree of autonomy for deploying resources and achieving strategic goals.

You will assess knowledge and understanding of key activities relating to senior management role as well as facilitating the development of skills to improve personal effectiveness.

 

 

 

 

 

Dates

There is no fixed start date for the NVQ in Supply Chain Management or the NVQ in Management at Levels 3, 5 and 7.

Registration occurs throughout the year.

PLEASE NOTE: Completion is required within 12-18 months.


Cost

NVQ in Supply Chain Management

  • Level 3 £1995
  • Level 5 £1995

NVQ in Management and Leadership

  • Level 3 £1995
  • Level 5 £1995
  • Level 7 £2195

NoteThere are no final exams. Instead, NVQ’s focus on the learners skills, knowledge and behaviour within the workplace. Evidence is gathered at your place of work. Normally, meetings will also be held at your place of work to minimise disruption to your normal routine.

You are expected to complete your NVQ within no more than 18 months of making the initial enquiry. In order to do this, it is important to ensure that you are meeting your adviser/assessor every 6-8 weeks with completed units.

Level 3 Diploma in Supply Chain Management

Candidates must complete a minimum of 14 units, totalling at least 42 credits, made up from mandatory and optional units.

The qualification is structured within six categories with candidates having to choose a specific number of units from each category.

 


Level 5 Diploma in Supply Chain Management

Candidates must complete a minimum of 14 units, totalling at least 60 credits, made up of mandatory and optional units.

The qualification is structured within five categories with candidates having to choose a specific number of units from each category.

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership

Candidates must complete 5 mandatory units worth 31 credits.

The remaining credit in this diploma (24 credits) is made up by selecting a minimum of 24 credits from further optional unit.

 


Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership

Candidates must complete 5 mandatory units worth 80 credits and a further 3 or 4 optional units totalling 120 credits to achieve this qualification.


Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership

To gain the full NVQ  the candidate will need to achieve a minimum of 45 credits, including the 3 mandatory units (16 credits) and a minimum of 29 credits from a further optional courses list ensuring that overall they have a minimum of 35 credits at Level 7.