General National Vocational Qualifications (GNVQs), awarded by the National Council for Vocational Qualifications (NCVQ), and General Scottish Vocational Qualifications (GSVQs), awarded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), are offered by schools and further education colleges. They are available at three levels, the lowest of which is a broadly-based vocational qualification; higher levels are awarded for skills demonstrated in occupational areas, such as business administration and care. GN/SVQs are made up of core skills in key areas of communication, numeracy, information technology and problem solving and also vocational competence, based on industry standards. Assessment of competence takes place either in the workplace during a student placement, or in simulated workplace conditions. The highest level is deemed equivalent to academic ‘A’ levels or ‘Highers’.
   See also: GCSEs; school examinations

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