Qualifications are best understood by their level of difficulty, size and their content. Levels are a standard way of comparing how challenging a qualification is and what learners should be able to do once they have successfully completed it.
There are 9 levels of qualification, an Entry level and levels 1-8.
The examples below are a sample of the many available accredited qualifications.
All accredited qualifications can be found on the National Database of Accredited Qualifications, where you can also view the level and a basic outline of the content of a qualification and the units it contains. http://register.ofqual.gov.uk/
|Level||Qualifications (examples include vocational qualifications)|
|Entry Level||Entry level certificates; Skills for Life at Entry level; Entry level awards; certificates and diplomas; Foundation Learning Tier pathways; Functional Skills at Entry level|
|Level 1||GCSEs graded D-G; NVQs at level 1; Key Skills level 1; Skills for Life Foundation Diploma; BTEC awards, certificates and diplomas at level 1; Functional Skills level 1|
|Level 2||GCSEs graded A*-C; NVQs at level 2; Key Skills level 2; Skills for Life; Higher Diploma; BTEC awards, certificates and diplomas at level 2; Functional Skills level 2|
|Level 3||AS/A levels; International Baccalaureate; Key Skills level 3; NVQs at level 3; Advanced and Progression Diploma; BTEC awards, certificates and diplomas at level 3; BTEC/OCR Nationals|
|Level 4||NVQs at level 4; Key Skills level 4; Certificates of higher education; BTEC Professional Diplomas, Certificates and Awards|
|Level 5||Higher national diplomas; Other higher diplomas; HNCs and HNDs; BTEC Professional Diplomas, Certificates and Awards|
|Level 6||Bachelor degrees, graduate certificates and diplomas; BTEC Advanced Professional Diplomas, Certificates and Awards|
|Level 7||Postgraduate certificates and diplomas; Masters Degrees; BTEC advanced professional awards, certificates and diplomas; Fellowships and fellowship diplomas Diploma in Translation; Advanced professional awards, certificates and diplomas|
|Level 8||Doctorates; Award, certificate and diploma in strategic direction|