Qualifications Explained

We offer a wide variety of qualifications so that there is something for everyone - from those starting out in their careers to senior managers and master craftsmen.

City & Guilds qualifications can be undertaken in the workplace in the classroom or workshop - or a mixture of the two.

Here's a brief introduction to the wide range of qualifications we offer.

National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs)
NVQs are our most popular qualifications and 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.

Having an NVQ on your CV is a great way to prove that you have the work-related skills you need for the job.

Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs)
SVQ are the Scottish equivalent of NVQ’s

International Vocational Qualifications (IVQs)
Our range of International Vocational Qualifications (IVQs) are designed to measure the knowledge and practical skills of learners and are designed specifically for the international marketplace. There are two types, Craft and Technician, and they are available at three levels, Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma. They’re recognised by employers all over the world, so you can take them with you when you travel.

Vocationally Related Qualifications (VRQs)
VRQs offer pathways and 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 a sound platform to progress into employment. The flexible structures ensure they will appeal to individual in full time or part time education, as well as continuous professional development.

Awards, Certificates and Diplomas
These qualifications are usually completed in the classroom or workshop, although some are workplace based. They are available at all levels and across all subjects. Awards are the smallest and require the least time to complete, certificates are larger and diplomas are the largest and usually contain a lot more units.

Core Skills and Essential Skills
These are available in Scotland (Core Skills) and Wales (Essential Skills). 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
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.

Single Subject Qualifications
These are short course, single subject, qualifications that cover all the key skills that both employers and employees need in the modern office. A Diploma can be awarded when a combination of subjects have been achieved; the Diplomas are in Business Skills and Finance and Accounting. They’re recognised by employers all over the world, so you can take them with you when you travel.

International English Qualifications
Our English Qualifications (IEQs) are a comprehensive range of quality English language awards designed for those who need a passport to work, study and travel around the globe. They are recognised by employers, educational institutions and professional bodies worldwide.

Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) qualifications
The ILM is the professional membership arm of the City & Guilds group, dedicated to equipping you with all the leadership and management techniques and teaching to help you get ahead. ILM qualifications are recognised all over the world as the sign of a motivated and skilled leader or manager.

The ILM website 

Professional Recognition Awards
If you've scaled the heights in your career and want something to prove it, then City & Guilds' Professional Recognition Awards are just the thing. These unique qualifications recognise your professional experience and skills, and show employers that you really are among the best in your business.

> Professional Recognition Awards 

Other learning programmes

City & Guilds is developing a new vocational programme of study for 14–19 year olds called the TechBac®. Available for study from September 2014, the City & Guilds TechBac® will provide young people with relevant technical knowledge alongside the skills and competencies demanded by employers.


Apprenticeships and Modern Apprenticeships
Apprenticeships are a great way to earn while you learn, and prepare yourself for a brilliant career. Each apprenticeship is a mix of qualifications and on the job experience.

They are available across a wide range of industries - just like our qualifications.

> Apprenticeships 

Our traineeship programme consists of high-quality work placement, work preparation training in gaining employability skills, and English and Maths.


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