Technical Qualifications at Level 2 (Technical Certificates) have been developed for the purpose of leading learners to sustainable and worthwhile employment in their chosen service sector. They can also be a progression to Level 3 Technical Level Qualifications which lead directly to employment opportunities.
The new Professional Apprenticeship Standards start for hairdressing and barbering on 1 May 2017. These replace the current SASE system and have been created as a result of the Trailblazer process where employers, professional associations and awarding organisations have come together to create a fit for purpose Apprenticeship.
For beauty therapy, the SASE standards continue whilst the new professional standards are being finalised.
Vocationally Related Qualifications (VRQs)
VRQs offer different levels which focus on the development of the underlying principals and practical skills required in varying industries. They are designed to deliver a high level of occupational capability and progression into employment. The flexible structures ensure they will appeal to individuals in full time or part time education, as well as continuous professional development.
National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs)
NVQs are qualifications that are usually completed in the workplace. One of the benefits of a NVQ is that they test your ability to actually do the job, which makes them suitable to take whilst in work. A key part of your course will include proving that you can do certain work-related tasks. During the course you will be assessed through your portfolio, where you build evidence of the work you have done, and by observation, where an assessor watches you work and checks that you can perform the necessary tasks.
Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs)
SVQ are the Scottish equivalent of NVQ’s
These are available in Wales. They cover the key areas of communication, numeracy, information and communication technology, problem solving and working with others, which are required in almost every workplace.
Functional Skills are qualifications in English, maths and ICT that support you to develop the practical skills you need for life, education and the workplace.