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Submission Dates
Month Registration Deadline Interim Verification Final Verification Resubmission Deadline
Jun-17 03/03/2017 30/03/2017 05/06/2017  
The NVQ continues to be the most successful alternative language qualification to the GCSE and there is an estimated 20% of schools offering this qualification. It is frequently offered at level 1 in year 9 and level 2 at KS4. This language pathway closely mirrors the practical application of languages to the workplace. It has proved to switch on the most disaffect learner, increase uptake at KS4 and substantially raise attainment.

The current specification will remain in place until 2017 and after that point it will may a number of changes to meet government requirements.

ILanguages have created a full package including a scheme of work, lesson plans, assessments and all the activities you would need including ICT resources to deliver an NVQ in either French, German or Spanish.

For further details regarding NVQ resources and for a free CD of the first 10 lessons of Level 1 and Level 2 in French, Spanish, German and Italian, please contact
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 Please find below details of fees for the year 2016/17 Fees are payable on registration. Fees a made up of the Awarding body fee + the Language Alliance fee

ABCAwards Fees per Candidate:

    Level 1 £35.00

    Level 2 £35.00

    Level 3 £41.00

Language Alliance:

Verification Fee : £25.60

For registrations after 31st March there is an additional charge of £5 per candidate.

For those Schools that require assessment our fee is £25 per candidate.


Please note that there is a charge £42 per candidate for certificate reprints for requests more than 3 months after the certification date.

Is the course for me?
The NVQ in MFL is an assessment-based, flexible and personalised pathway with a business context. It has proved to make language learning far more accessible, achievable and motivating to a higher number of pupils, especially boys.

It enables MFL departments to improve results and if offered in Year 9, can increase uptake significantly at key stage 4.
Frequently asked NVQ questions
What is an NVQ? NVQ stands for National Vocational Qualification. It was developed by industry to meet the needs of the modern workpace.
How is the qualification gained? There is no exam so students build up a portfolio of assessments over the duration of their course.
How are pupils assessed? Each language skill (or ‘unit’ in NVQ speak) is assessed separately i.e. in speaking, writing, reading and understanding the spoken word (listening).
What criteria is used in the assesssments? The NVQ language units are based on the National Language Standards - a scale of competence which sets out the knowledge and skills needed to perform competently in another language in a business setting.
When do students do the assessments? When the teacher (assessor) decides they are reading to take an assessment. There is no exam window.
Does the teacher know what is in the assessments? Yes, the teacher can either write their own assessments or use those from a scheme of work such as the one from our scheme of work
Are there any materials available for teaching the course? Yes, we have a scheme of work available which includes lesson plans, assessments, worksheets, powerpoints and interactive whiteboard activities – infact everything you would need!
How many assessments are there? It depends which scheme you use. The ilanguages scheme contains 3 assessments per skill at level 1 and 14 at level 2.
Do students have to do all the language skills or units to get an NVQ? No, the NVQ is designed to be flexible. Students can do any number of skills, for example a student could achieve a level 1 Award in speaking.
How many levels are there in the NVQ? There are seven levels at NVQ but schools tend to deliver one and two. A few schools deliver level 3 in year 12.
What are the points worth? Currently there are no points
Can the NVQ languages award or certificate be used for the Additional Specialist Learning part of a Diploma? A level 1 Diploma needs 120 hours of Guided Learning Hours. A level 2 Diploma needs 180 hours.

The Guided Learning Hours value for a level 1 Award is 79 hours and a level 2 has a GLH value of 98. Therefore the Award or Certificate could be used as part of the ASL but you would need to add something to it to make up the required number of hours.
What qualification does a student gain? A student will gain an ‘Award’ in the language at level 1 and a ‘Certificate’ at level 2 and 3. Level 4 is known as a ‘Diploma’.

If students only do one or two skills, even at level 2, this will still be classed as a ‘Certificate’
How do the levels compare to national curriculum levels? It depends on the student but the following table is a rough guide:
NVQ Levels 1 ~ National Curriculum Levels 3-5
NVQ Levels 2 ~ National Curriculum Levels 6+
How achievable is the NVQ? The NVQ is designed to be achievable. As there is no exam, pupils learn in bite sized chunks and then do regular assessments. This makes the learning far more manageable than cramming two years of learning into one exam.
What happens if a student doesn’t achieve an assessment? After each assessment, the assessor (teacher) gives constructive and supportive feedback. This is a crucial stage in the NVQ process. A student who does not achieve an assessment first time round can revisit it more than once.
Are the assessments difficult? Level one is very straightforward, level two does increase in level of difficulty. However, students are allowed to use reference materials such as their notes, vocabularly lists and dictionaries during assessments. In fact, referencing is one of the skills assessed in NVQ.
But using reference materials in an assessment is cheating! Not at all! The NVQ is designed to simulate the business world. In real life, a person in the workplace would not be operating in an exam like environment and would use whatever support was required to do a language related task whether it was translating a fax or listening to a voicemail from overseas.
Which level should be done in which year? Schools deliver the NVQ in different ways, for example:
Level 1 in year 9 and then level 2 over year 10 and 11
NVQ from scratch in year 10, focusing on level 1 materials as foundation for a term and then start level 2 and the assessments in the second term.
Level 1 in one language in year 10 and a further level 1 in a different language at level 2
Early entry GCSE in years 9 and 10 and NVQ level 2 in year 11
Level 3 in year 12 and/or 13
GCSE at KS4 and level 2 at lunch time or after school as an additional qualification
Is the NVQ only suited to low ability students? For grade A-C students, the GCSE is the more appropriate route, particularly for those wishing to go to A level standard. However GCSE students may wish to take an NVQ at lunch times or after school in order to gain an additional qualification and to develop their business vocabulary.
For students who are a borderline ‘C/D’ the NVQ may be more suitable, particularly as a level 2 NVQ is worth the same number of points as a ‘B’ at GCSE.
For students who are below average, the NVQ is the ideal route because of its structure. The teacher can decide whether a student should do some or all of the skills.
What topics are covered? The NVQ is content free in that it can be applied to any industry. Our materials focus on topics such as:
- business introductions
- dealing with business visitors
- making appointments and reservations
- travel arrangements
- socialising with business colleagues
- communications
- work experience abroad
Is there any special training for delivering the NVQ? Initially we recommend you book onto our one day training courses so that you fully understand the requirements to set up the NVQ pathway in your school. At least one person in the department, preferably the person delivering the NVQ needs to gain their Assessor qualification. This is actually an NVQ level 3 course. Teachers should ideally be teaching the NVQ whilst doing the course. You build up a portfolio of evidence over time based on your experience of delivering the NVQ language units to your students. You only need two students however to based your evidence on so you could select a couple of willing GCSE students to do a couple of assessments.
There are many training organisations round the UK delivering Assessor training. Our training adds an extra dimension, it focuses on the NVQ language standards and business language teaching methodology. Other courses tend to be generic in nature and so you could end up training with people from a wide variety of industries such as plumbing or hairdressing without a particular focus on languages
Which awarding bodies accredit the NVQ? OCR is the main awarding bodies for NVQ languages
How do I register my candidates? Students need to be registered through approved NVQ centres which will provide you with guidance and support. You may wish to use an existing centre or set up your own. We run an approved centre and our trainee assessors usually put their candidates through our centre in the first instance. Once teachers get established with the NVQ, they tend to set up their own centres. We also run centre set up training which is a one day course and will save you a lot of time.

Ten weeks before the claim for the NVQ needs to be made. Your centre will inform you of the date for registration.
When do students need to be entered for an NVQ? A school would need to follow the application procedure of one of the awarding bodies.

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Certificate in Languages for Business (CLB)

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  • A new and innovative Ofqual approved qualification.
  • A practical and meaningful qualification suitable for a wide range of students
  • Encourages learners to use language skills for career enhancement and economic benefit
  • Ideal as an enrichment course
  • Raises the profile of language learning and increases student uptake at sixth form and in university
  • Graded pass, merit, distinction combining 6 end of module assessments (using supporting notes) and a final exam
  • Resources available in French, German and Spanish (other languages to follow)

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