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Advanced Apprenticeship Driving Goods Vehicle NVQ - Level 3


This apprenticeship is suitable for those in a senior driver role, ie an experienced driver who has additional responsibilities in the business but who still carries out their primary role within the organisation. For example those in roles similar to supervisor or team leader and those given additional responsibilities in the absence of more senior staff or during certain shift patterns.

This qualification is also suitable for those identified for future promotion within the organisation and builds on the competency required for the Edexcel Level 2 Certificate in Driving Goods Vehicles (QCF). The qualification covers articulated or draw bar, rigid and van vehicle type pathways. Each pathway includes Level 2 units related to a learners’ driving skills and knowledge plus units related to customer service, leadership and management, recruitment and transport and logistics operations at Level 3.

Entry requirements

You will need to be aged 16 years and over and in a senior position or undertaking duties of a supervisory nature to apply for the Level 3 Driving Goods Vehicles programme. As this is a work-based qualification you must be employed and working a minimum of 16 hours per week.

The applicant will undertake a diagnostic assessment at Level 2 for both maths and English and a free writing exercise prior to enrolment. You will be required to achieve a score of 50% or above in both subjects to ensure a place on the apprenticeship programme.

If you have passed maths and English GCSE with a grade A* to C or functional/key skills at Level 2, you will be required to evidence this with certificate/s which will then result in exemption from undertaking the maths and English functional skill qualification within the apprenticeship framework.

Start dates and fees

If you are between the age of 16 and 18 the apprenticeship is free of charge. If you are 19 and above your employer must pay a fee.

During your apprenticeship your employer is obliged to pay you a wage at the minimum rate for an apprentice.

For information on apprenticeship opportunities please visit our Vision Apprentices website.

How long is the course?

The course normally lasts up to 18 months, but can vary slightly depending on the individual.

How will I be assessed?

You are required to produce a portfolio of evidence on our online e-portfolio, which will contain a variety of assessments covering the criteria stipulated by the awarding body to cover the Level 3 in Driving Goods Vehicles (QCF).
Assessments may include:

  • Observations held in the working environment
  • Reflective accounts
  • Witness statements
  • Activity based work books
  • Work products

Assessments will be planned with an assessor prior to the assessment taking place. You will be required to complete an online test for both functional skills elements.

What does the course lead to?

Potential job roles could include: professional goods vehicle driver, senior driver, supervisor, team leader.

What will I study?

Your advanced apprenticeship is made up of the following elements to complete your framework:

  • Level 3 Certificate in Driving Goods Vehicles
  • Level 2 Award in employee rights and responsibilities in the logistics industry
  • Functional skills maths Level 2
  • Functional skills English Level 2

What can I go on to study?

You can further your skills and experience by studying a foundation degree. Other progression routes could include:

  • Level 3 Certificate in Traffic Office
  • Level 3 Certificate in Logistics Operations

How do I apply?

For more information contact or telephone 0808 100 3626


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