NVQ Level 3 - can I do short courses?

SusanW

New Member
Hi!
Is it possible to pick and choose short accredited beauty courses and add them up to reach an NVQ level 3 Beauty Therapy? Not all aspects of standard courses interest me but I need the qualification to get insurance for other things (Aqualyx, aesthetics etc).
Thanks in advance for any help xx
 

Haircutz

Super Moderator
Staff member
The short answer is no.
If the individual courses aren’t accredited by City and Guilds or VTCT, then they can’t be used towards an NVQ qualification as they’re the only two awarding bodies that can award an NVQ/VRQ and every unit within the course has to be awarded by them. Also, I‘m not sure if you can transfer credits between the two providers.

Accreditation in short courses usually means the course is covered by a particular insurance company. Accreditation isn’t a guarantee of the quality of training. It simply means that the course provider has paid an insurance company to cover the training and that the insurance company will usually offer cover to students completing that course.

If you complete short courses that are accredited by different insurance providers, be aware that insurance company A are not obliged to provide cover for courses that were underwritten by insurance company B. So you should always check the finer details with your potential insurance provider before purchasing your annual cover.

Hope this has helped your understanding about short course accreditation?
 

SusanW

New Member
The short answer is no.
If the individual courses aren’t accredited by City and Guilds or VTCT, then they can’t be used towards an NVQ qualification as they’re the only two awarding bodies that can award an NVQ/VRQ and every unit within the course has to be awarded by them. Also, I‘m not sure if you can transfer credits between the two providers.

Accreditation in short courses usually means the course is covered by a particular insurance company. Accreditation isn’t a guarantee of the quality of training. It simply means that the course provider has paid an insurance company to cover the training and that the insurance company will usually offer cover to students completing that course.

If you complete short courses that are accredited by different insurance providers, be aware that insurance company A are not obliged to provide cover for courses that were underwritten by insurance company B. So you should always check the finer details with your potential insurance provider before purchasing your annual cover.

Hope this has helped your understanding about short course accreditation?
Is it possible to do lots of VTCT level 3 Beauty ‘Awards’ and add them up to have enough credits to get a level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy?
 

CFBS

Well-Known Member
Is it possible to do lots of VTCT level 3 Beauty ‘Awards’ and add them up to have enough credits to get a level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy?
If you will eventually need all the units covered in a diploma then you would be best to do this from the beginning.
If you did an award followed by a diploma then you can have your achieved units ‘APL’ across to the diploma.
However, you will find that:
1. It’s a very messy and time consuming way to do it

2. Once you have an award, training centres won’t be keen to transfer your prior learning as it will mess up lesson attendance and assessment times. You can’t just turn up when you fancy to class. You would be made to attend all classes to notch up your hours for the diploma. Centres may not be able to claim full funding for you and therefore will not offer you a place potentially.

3. To transfer your units they cannot be more than 5 years old, have to be the same exam board and be a dead match word for word on the grading criteria.(syllabus changes every 5 years approx).

On balance, go for the most comprehensive course you can and then top up with accredited private courses specific to your interests.
 
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