A comparison between the BSc degree qualification and a Level 6 NVQ


Is an NVQ Level 6 Equivalent to a BSc Degree?

The simple answer to this question is yes, however it does go a little deeper than that. In the UK there are 9 possible levels of qualification available. Each level increasing in difficulty. Level 1 is Entry Level qualifications and Level 8 is the highest possible qualification available. A BSc degree is equivalent to a Level 6, as is the NVQ Level 6. So in regards to the level of award given, both are very similar. However, there are a lot of differences between the BSc and the NVQ.


How does a BSc degree differ from an NVQ Level 6

Although the two qualifications are the same in regards to level of education, they differ from each other quite a lot. These differences can help you determine which course would suit you best. With that in mind, we are going to have a look at some of the variables between the two.



Firstly, a BSc degree is popularly known for being delivered at a University Campus. Depending on the course you study, the location may change. Often, certain campuses will specialise in certain courses, so therefore, only deliver certain topics. Although there is the online University, this still requires the same level of payment as attending university in a face-to-face environment.


An NVQ Level 6 is a work-based qualification. This means they can be carried out in a school, college, or a workplace. Due to their nature, each NVQ requires an element of work-based learning. As they are often specific in their content, they are used to test your ability to do the job correctly. NVQ’s can also be accessed online by a number of different course providers.



The content of a BSc degree is often more academic in nature. It involves a lot more written work. Furthermore, it will include several assessments, including one larger final assessment such as a dissertation. The content delivered via degree type courses is more theoretical than practical. Most, if not all lectures will be delivered in a classroom, with minimal practical work involved.


In contrast, and NVQ is heavily reliant on the practical element of working. As opposed to assessments, you will be graded via observations. Furthermore, you will need to build up a portfolio of the work you have done. Regarding of the job you are working in or aiming towards, your levels will change. Once you have demonstrated your understanding in a certain area, this element will be signed off.


Application process

Finally, in order to apply for a university degree, you will need to meet a number of entry requirements. These are normally previous academic qualifications. Many courses require you to have a minimum of 2 A-Levels, graded E or above. Moreover, there application process of a BSc degree is quite different to that of an NVQ. You will be required to apply for your position and upon application, sit an interview. This interview will be the opportunity for you to impress the university board. Universities are limited on spaces, so they are very selective of who they admit.


To apply for an NVQ is very different. There are no specific entry requirements to apply for an NVQ. Additionally, there is no need to interview for your position either.  Although some courses do require you to have completed a prior course, some you can apply for without professional qualification. Furthermore, you can apply for an NVQ at any age. The only real requirement that stands true throughout all NVQ’s is to have a job or a work placement. This placement does need to be relevant, as you will need to develop the appropriate skills.


If I don’t want to take a BSc Degree, where can I apply for an NVQ?

If, through reading this, you have decided that you would rather follow a more practical route, an NVQ may be the best choice for you. As they are the same level qualification as a BSc degree, they hold the same amount of respect. Upon seeing an NVQ Level 6, an employer is going to be aware of your capabilities. Therefore, in a competitive job market such as construction, they can be very handy to have on your CV.


The College of Contract Management is a respected NVQ provider within the construction industry. Furthermore, their experienced team of lecturers will be more than happy to help motivate you towards success. The course is delivered via live online lectures, that take place outside of working hours. This allows you to learn the necessary skills whilst you work. In addition to this, you will have the perfect opportunity to build your portfolio whilst working.


If you are looking for a higher level of understanding in your industry, but don’t feel as though a BSc degree is right for you, I would strongly suggest studying for your NVQ Level 6.

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