Qualifications Explained

 

Entry Level

Examples of Qualifications:

  • Entry level awards, certificates and diplomas

  • Essential skills at entry level

What they give you:

  • Basic knowledge and skills

  • Ability to apply learning in everyday situations

  • Not geared towards specific occupations


Level one

Examples of Qualifications:

  • GCSE grades D-G (and grades 3 to 1 in England)

  • Level one awards, diplomas and certificates

  • Key Skills Level 1

  • NVQs

  • Essential Skills

  • Music grades 1 to 3

What they give you:

  • Basic knowledge and skills

  • Ability to apply learning with guidance or supervision

  • May be linked to job competence


level Two

Examples of Qualifications:

  • GCSE grades A*- C (and grades 4 to 9 in England)

  • Intermediate apprenticeships

  • Level 2 awards, diplomas and certificates

  • OCR Nationals

  • NVQs

  • Essential Skills

  • Music grades 4 and 5

  • O Level - grades A-C

What they give you:

  • Good knowledge and understanding of a subject

  • Ability to do a variety of tasks with some guidance or supervision

  • Suitable for many job roles


Level Three

Examples of Qualifications:

  • AS and A levels

  • Access to Higher Education diploma

  • advanced apprenticeship

  • International Baccalaureate

  • NVQs

  • BTEC diplomas, certificates and awards

  • BTEC Nationals

  • OCR Nationals

  • Music grades 6 to 8

What they give you:

  • Ability to gain or apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding at a detailed level

  • Appropriate if you plan to go to university, work independently or (in some cases) supervise and train others in their field of work


Level Four

Examples of Qualifications:

  • NVQs

  • BTEC Professional diplomas, certificates and awards

  • HNCs

  • Certificaties of Higher Education (CertHE)

  • Higher apprenticeship

What they give you:

  • Specialist learning, involving detailed analysis of a high level of information and knowledge in an area of work or study

  • Suitable for people working in technical and professional jobs, and/or managing and developing others


Level Five

Examples of Qualifications:

  • HNDs

  • NVQs

  • BTEC Professional diplomas, certificates and awards

  • Foundation degrees

  • Diploma of higher education (DipHE)

What they give you:

  • Ability to increase the depth of knowledge and understanding of an area of work or study, so you can respond to complex problems and situations

  • Involves high level of work expertise and competence in managing and training others

  • Suitable for people working as higher grade technicians, professionals or managers


Level Six

Examples of Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degrees

  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education

  • Graduate diplomas

  • BTEC Advanced Professional diplomas, certificates and awards

  • degree apprenticeship

What they give you:

  • A specialist, high-level knowledge of an area of work or study, to allow you to use your own ideas and research in response to complex problems and situations

  • Suitable for people working as knowledge-based professionals or in professional management positions


Level Seven

Examples of Qualifications:

  • Master's degrees

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education

  • BTEC Advanced Professional diplomas, certificates and awards

What they give you:

  • A specialist, high-level knowledge of an area of work or study, to allow you to use your own ideas and research in response to complex problems and situations

  • Suitable for people working as knowledge-based professionals or in professional management positions


Level Eight

Examples of Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degrees

  • Specialist awards, certificates and diplomas

What they give you:

  • Opportunity to develop new and creative approaches that extend or redefine existing knowledge or professional practice

  • Suitable for leading experts or practitioners in a particular field