Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

Through the National College for Nuclear.

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Who is the course for?

National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) are work-related, competence based qualifications. They reflect the skills and knowledge needed to carry out a job effectively and show that a candidate is competent in the area of work the NVQ framework represents.

This NVQ is particularly useful for you if you are presently working in the nuclear industry or would like to be within the area of decommissioning. This qualification is aimed at people who have already achieved the NVQ 2 or those working at a supervisory level in charge of a team.

What does the course involve?

The whole qualification comprises of five compulsory units and one optional unit chosen from a variety of units depending upon the qualification that you wish to obtain. Candidates can either study for the NVQ 3 Nuclear Decommissioning (Supervision) which means completing all of the mandatory units in Group A plus one from Group B or the NVQ 3 Nuclear Decommissioning (Technical) which means completing all of the mandatory units in Group A plus all of the units from one group of C1, C2 or C3.

Mandatory Units Group A

  • Implement safe access systems in radiation/contamination controlled environment
  • Contribute to your own development
  • Access the risks of undertaking radiation-related work activities
  • Contribute to technical leadership on nuclear decommissioning activities
  • Manage your own resource
  • Supervise radiation related work activities
  • Provide leadership for your team
  • Ensure health and safety requirements are met in your area or responsibility

Optional Units Group B

  • Allocate and check work in your team
  • Enable learning through demonstrations and instruction
  • Enable individual learning through a project
  • Manage a project

Optional Units Group C1 Mechanical

  • Hand over process engineering plant and equipment
  • Reinstate the work area after completing the maintenance of processes engineering plant and equipment
  • Deal with variations and defects in mechanical plant and equipment
  • Diagnose and determine the causes of faults in mechanical plant and equipment

Optional Units Group C2 Electrical

  • Hand over process engineering plant and equipment
  • Reinstate the work area after completing the maintenance of processes engineering plant and equipment
  • Deal with variations and defects in electrical plant and equipment
  • Diagnose and determine the causes of faults in electrical plant and equipment

Optional Units Group C3 Instrumental

  • Hand over process engineering plant and equipment
  • Reinstate the work area after completing the maintenance of processes engineering plant and equipment
  • Deal with variations and defects in instrument and control systems
  • Diagnose and determine the causes of faults in instruments and control systems

The course is work place assessment carried out by our extremely well qualified industry practitioners.

What makes this course special?

  • Industry specialist teaching staff with up to date qualifications and experience
  • You will be studying at the Nuclear Skills Academy for the Southwest
  • Specialist teaching and assessment facilities
  • Various start dates throughout the year
  • Accreditation for your specialist knowledge and training is given

Entry Requirements

Generally there is no prescribed recommended prior knowledge, attainment or experience needed although clearly those candidates working at a supervisory level within the nuclear industry will have a significant advantage since there is the need for us to assess you in the work place within the radiologically controlled areas carrying out various decommissioning tasks. 

There will be a pre course skills match assessment completed by yourselves in conjunction with an assessor.

What are the assessment methods?

Via an e-portfolio with a dedicated qualified assessor.

You will be assessed in a number of ways including, professional discussion, observation, use of witness testaments, Job knowledge questions, and prior knowledge.  Your performance will be assessed in the work place by a suitably qualified assessor.

How long is the course?

One year, but ideally completed within six to nine months. This is dependant on your work load and time commitment. 

If you are an employer looking to train a number of employees, we can tailor courses to suit your requirements. Please contact our Business Development team to discuss: business@bridgwater.ac.uk, or call 01278 655111.

What are the progression options?

  • To suitable employment in the nuclear sector principally but not exclusively working in the areas of decommissioning
  • To other courses at Bridgwater College including the Foundation Degree in Nuclear Decommissioning

Further Information