Qualifications – A Quick Guide

 

Entry Level

Each entry level qualification is available at three sub-levels – 1, 2 and 3. Entry level 3 is the most difficult.

  • Entry level qualifications are:
  • Entry level award
  • Entry level certificate (ELC)
  • Entry level diploma
  • Entry level English for speakers of other languages (ESOL)
  • Entry level essential skills
  • Entry level functional skills
  • Skills for Life 
Level 1

Level 1 qualifications are:

  • First certificate
  • GCSE – grades 1, 2 and  3 or grades D, E, F and G
  • Level 1 award
  • Level 1 certificate
  • Level 1 diploma
  • Level 1 ESOL
  • Level 1 essential skills
  • Level 1 functional skills
  • Level 1 national vocational qualification (NVQ)
  • Music grades 1, 2 and 3
Level 2

Level 2 qualifications are:

  • GCSE – grades 4, 5, 6, 7 ,8 and 9 or grades A*, A, B and C
  • Intermediate apprenticeship
  • Level 2 award
  • Level 2 certificate
  • Level 2 diploma
  • Level 2 ESOL
  • Level 2 essential skills
  • Level 2 functional skills
  • Level 2 national certificate
  • Level 2 national diploma
  • Level 2 NVQ
  • Music grades 4 and 5 
Level 3

Level 3 qualifications are:

  • A levels
  • Access to higher education diploma
  • Advanced apprenticeship
  • AS level
  • International Baccalaureate diploma
  • Level 3 award
  • Level 3 certificate
  • Level 3 diploma
  • Level 3 ESOL
  • Level 3 national certificate
  • Level 3 national diploma
  • Level 3 NVQ
  • Music grades 6, 7 and 8
  • T-levels
Level 4

Level 4 qualifications are:

  • Certificate of higher education (CertHE)
  • Higher apprenticeship
  • Higher national certificate (HNC)
  • Level 4 award
  • Level 4 certificate
  • Level 4 diploma
  • Level 4 NVQ 
Level 5

Level 5 qualifications are:

  • Diploma of higher education (DipHE)
  • Foundation degree
  • Higher national diploma (HND)
  • Level 5 award
  • Level 5 certificate
  • Level 5 diploma
  • Level 5 NVQ 
Level 6

Level 6 qualifications are:

  • Degree apprenticeship
  • Degree with honours – for example (BA) hons & (BSc)
  • Graduate certificate
  • Graduate diploma
  • Level 6 award
  • Level 6 certificate
  • Level 6 diploma
  • Level 6 NVQ
  • Ordinary degree without honours 
Level 7

Level 7 qualifications are:

  • Integrated master’s degree, for example master of engineering (MEng)
  • Level 7 award
  • Level 7 certificate
  • Level 7 diploma
  • Level 7 NVQ
  • Master’s degree, for example master of arts (MA), master of science (MSc)
  • Postgraduate certificate
  • Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE)
  • Postgraduate diploma 
Level 8

Level 8 qualifications are:

  • Doctorate – for example doctor of philosophy (PhD or DPhil)
  • Level 8 award
  • Level 8 certificate
  • Level 8 diploma 
For more information about qualifications, visit the government website

 


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