Level 2 and 3 NVQs: Who Should Take Level 2/3 NVQs?

CST Training offers many National Vocational Qualifications, primarily NVQs in construction. Holding one of these NVQs proves that you are competent and qualified in a specific area of construction. The NVQs go up to Level 7, but some of the most common are the Level 2 and 3 NVQs. 

But at what stage in your construction career should you be taking the Level 2 or 3? And what is the academic equivalent of these NVQs? The following blog will answer both of these questions, and outline all you need to know about these NVQs. 

Who Should Take Level 2 and 3 NVQs? 

While the Level 1 NVQ provides an introduction to the subject you’ve chosen, 2 and 3 are a step up. Level 2 would involve fairly complex work-based duties, and provide a solid knowledge of your subject. You would be assessed on both individual work, and teamwork.

In Level 3, you’d be assessed on a wider range of more complex tasks. This level is also a lot more self-guided than previous levels. Some guidance is provided, though. 

If the descriptions of these NVQs sound achievable to you and you’d like to further your career, consider registering today. For some NVQs, you’ll need the Level 3 first before you can sit Level 2. This depends on the specific NVQ, though. 

Generally, there are no specific requirements for taking an NVQ. But if you don’t have Level 2, you may need to be working as a supervisor to take Level 3.

What is the Academic Equivalent of Level 2?

Officially, there are no exact academic equivalents to NVQs. But the Level 2 NVQ roughly amounts to five C – A* GCSEs. 

The reason it’s so difficult to match an NVQ with an academic equivalent is because academic qualifications are so different.

Even what they represent is vastly disparate. Often the number of GCSEs someone acquires is more important than the actual subjects. But with an NVQ, you’re studying a very particular set of skills. 

What is the Academic Equivalent of Level 3?

The Level 3 NVQ is roughly equivalent to an A-Level. Completing an NVQ at this level will prove that you can study that subject at the higher education level. 

For a qualification equal to a degree, you should be taking either the Level 4 or the Level 5.

Do Universities Recognise Level 3?

The criteria for entry to universities varies depending on the course, but in most cases Level 3 would be recognised. They prove to universities that you have experience working on a site. This is particularly handy if you’re trying for a practical course. 

A lot of British universities use the UCAS points system to determine how qualified their candidates are. This system calculates a number, depending on the levels of qualifications and the types of qualifications you’ve acquired. So, even if you’re not applying for a very practical course, universities will still acknowledge your NVQs. 



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