GNVQ qualifications related to occupational areas in general, rather than any specific job and could be taken in a wide range of subjects. There were two levels of GNVQ: the Intermediate level, equivalent to four General Certificates of Secondary Education, and Advanced level, equivalent to two Advanced-level General Certificates of Education. The last GNVQs were awarded in 2007.
From their introduction in 1993, Key Skills were part of the GNVQ curriculum. Three of these Key Skills were compulsory – Communication, Application of Number and Information Technology.
Achievement of these Key Skills can be accepted as meeting SASW Transferable Skills requirements as long as the following conditions are met:
- The qualification/s meets the SASW requirements in place at the time of the Apprenticeship start date.
- The achievement evidence presented clearly lists the individual Key Skill qualification/s achieved i.e. Communication, Application of Number or Information Technology and that each has been achieved.
- The Key Skills achieved are at the correct level, as per specific framework requirements
- The achievement evidence presented shows the GNVQ Certificate/Unit Credit Certificate in full, or meets the specific data requirements for the relevant Awarding Organisation, as shown in the Acceptable Evidence guidance.