NVQ Frequently Asked Questions

Are the qualifications the same as those available at state colleges?

Yes, all NVQs are the same wherever you choose to train. The difference lies in the class sizes and the methods of training


What do the fees include and do they have to be paid all in one go?

The total cost of the NVQ courses at level 2 and 3 are subject to tuition fees, assessment feeds and VAT. An initial 10% is required when booking a course with balance payable by three equal instalments once the course commences.


In addition to the fees, what other  financial considerations are there?

All NVQ students are required to purchase a basic kit which includes the small tools needed for each practical subject. Students will also require a black or white short-sleeved uniform in a style of their choice. Suitable uniforms are available from www.inlinelondon.co.uk. All NVQ students are required to purchase a set of text books, some of which are available from the Academy and all are available from good book stores.


Is there one big written exam at the end of the course?

NVQs are subject to continuous practical and theoretical assessment and this means that students are tested on a regular basis throughout the length of their course. A final multiple choice paper question paper accompanies each unit at level 2 and a more detailed paper accompanies each unit at level 3.


What are the chances of getting a job at the end of the course?

Career progression is a very important part of all courses and as such guidance is continuous. We recommend that full time students have a Saturday job of some sort at the start of their course, usually in retail to get experience of working with the public. As each student progresses through the first part of their course, there is the opportunity of gaining employment with make up houses in the major dept stores. Work experience at Burghley Academy as part of the full time course ensures that students are equipped by the end of the first year to apply for salon work. Part time students with prior working and life skills become employable very quickly and for all types of students at Burghley Academy, we can open many doors leading to employment and help to prepare a student for the world of work – the rest is up to them.


What is the selection process to get onto an NVQ course?

As a result of the initial enquiry, a prospective student is invited to visit the Academy for an informal interview (with parents if under 18). This involves a meeting of approx. one hour with our principal Tina Parsons who will outline the details of the courses, give a tour of the college and answer any queries. We then suggest that you spend a day with the students in order to observe lessons in progress and to get an ‘inside view’ of the Academy before you decide if it is the right place for you. If you wish to go ahead, then another meeting is scheduled for the booking process. We do not select you – you select us and that selection is on a first come, first served basis.