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CVQO is a UK education charity offering a broad range of vocational qualifications, designed to recognise the work undertaken by young people and adult volunteers within youth organisations.

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Charity summary[edit]

Young people and adult volunteers who are members of youth and cadet groups in the UK learn a wide variety of skills that are often transferable to higher education and the workplace.

CVQO offers qualifications that recognise these skills and provide tangible evidence of a learner's achievements. These skills include: leadership, team building, problem solving, communication, health and physical fitness, music, sport, social action, volunteering and community support.

The charity works with a wide variety of educational establishments such as Pearson BTEC, City & Guilds and The Institute of Leadership and Management.

Partnership organisations[edit]


For 13-18 year olds[edit]

CVQO offers a broad range of vocational qualifications that are designed to recognise the work undertaken by young people within youth organisations.

Young people aged 13–18 and a member of a UK youth or community group can enrol with the charity to study for a CV and future-boosting vocational qualification.

Currently offered:

Formally offered:

  • BTEC Level 2 in Public Services (Formally)
  • BTEC Level 3 in Music (Formally)

For adults[edit]

Adult members of staff can also receive qualifications from CVQO

  • BTEC Level 3 in Education and Training
  • BTEC Level 3 in Music (Performance)
  • ILM Level 3 in Leadership and Management
  • ILM Level 4 in Leadership and Management
  • ILM Level 5 in Leadership and Management
  • City & Guilds Licentiateship (in Leadership & Management) (Level 4 Award)
  • City & Guilds Afiliateship (in Leadership & Management) (Level 5 Award)
  • City & Guilds Graduateship (in Leadership & Management) (Level 6 Award)
  • City & Guilds Membership (in Leadership & Management) (Level 7 Award)

The CVQO Duke of Westminster Award[edit]

The CVQO Duke of Westminster Award is CVQO's annual search for the pick of its BTEC learners from across the UK. It runs from November to July, with the ultimate prize being a two-week trip to South Africa for the finalists - as well as lunch at the House of Lords in June and a selection event in Somerset in April.

The Award is intended to recognise the achievements of young people who are determined, always keeping their heads up and remaining positive through adversity; those who have overcome a personal challenge or gone the distance to help someone.

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