The future for Level 4 NVQs: a developmental approach?


  • Nicholas Lewis



NVQ, revised standards, knwoledge, higher skills, limitations, developmental


An update on the development of Level 4 ILS NVQs since 1998 is outlined.The extent to which the revised standards will address the limitations of the original standards in terms of underpinning knowledge and higher level skills is discussed.The analysis takes into account research into Level 4 ILS NVQs since' 1998 and updates the findings and recommendations of the original research paper. ln particular, it argues that the future for these qualifications is dependent upon them being viewed as developmental rather than simply a measure of existing competence.

Author Biography

Nicholas Lewis

Nicholas Lewis is currently Liaison Librarian for Classics and Modern Languages at Royal Holloway, University of London. His first degree was in English & Drama at Bristol University and he subsequently studied for a PGCE at Reading. He has worked in the public sector for several years, during which time he has been involved in NVQ delivery and the lnvestors in People initiative. ln 1999 he was awarded an MA in lnformation Management from ThamesValley University. Nicholas is this year's winner of the Group's Postgraduate Prize.