In England, qualification standards are measured by National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) for adults aged 16-64. This measure includes educational attainment, but is wider than education and also indicates the ability, knowledge and skills of a person to do a job.
- NVQ level 1 is equivalent to entry-level certification and skills
- NVQ level 2 roughly equates to GCSE level
- NVQ level 3 equates to A Levels
- NVQ level 4 correlates to education similar to a university Bachelor’s degree
Buckinghamshire has a higher than average qualification level for all NVQ levels when compared to South East and England.
The percentage of people in Buckinghamshire with NVQ level 4 and above stands at 48%, compared to 45% for the South East and 43% for England. The percentage of Buckinghamshire adults with NVQ level 3 and above is 68%, which again is higher than South East at 64% and England at 61%. Similarly the percentages of adults with NVQ level 1 and higher, and NVQ level 2 and higher, are also greater in Buckinghamshire compared to the South East and England.
Skills and qualification standards
Percentage of adults (aged 16-64) achieving NVQ levels in Buckinghamshire, the South East and England
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