Notional NVQ Level Data Definition
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1 Notional NVQ Level of Aim and Learner.
2 To identify the Notional National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Level of each aim undertaken by a learner. At learner level, the learner's aim with the highest Notional NVQ Level is then assigned to the learner. These derived variables are used to categorise and assess the range and type of provision in the sector to help monitor progress towards national and local targets. These are key fields for analysis.
3 The following variables are used as source data for the calculation of NVQ Level and Aim Type
Learning Aim Reference
LAD – Learning Aim Type
LAD – Notional NVQ Level
DV – Status of aim for inclusion in analysis using 1 Oct as first census date
Derived Variables and Datasets
4 The definitions produces the following derived variable(s)
Notional NVQ Level of Aim
Aims Standard File
Notional NVQ Level of Learner
Learner Standard File, Aims Standard File
5 A function that assigns the Notional NVQ Level (A_NOTION) from the LAD to a derived variable (A_NVQLEV). Some Learning Aim Types (A_LATYPE) need to be assigned separately to ensure accuracy. Notional NVQ Level (A_NOTION), is then used to categorise the remaining aims, to make broader frequently used categories:
1 or E
4 or 5 or H
M, U, X
6 Any aims without a Notional NVQ Level (A_NOTION), either because it is not applicable or it is missing from the LAD, are coded as Other (A_NVQLEV=9).
7 The Notional NVQ Level of Learner (L_NVQLEV) is taken from the aim with the highest Notional NVQ Level of Aim (A_NVQLEV), excluding those aims that are not included for analytical purposes (using A_LIVE_B). There is an exception where Notional NVQ Level of Aim is Other (A_NVQLEV=9), then the aim has the lowest priority to all other values, i.e. A_NVQLEV=1 will have priority over A_NVQLEV=9.
Level 1 and Entry
Level 4, 5 or Higher
8 The following sample code is available
Last Modified: 12 Jan 06