If you’re confused about qualiﬁcation levels take a look at this quick guide.
An entry level qualiﬁcation might be right for you if you’ve been away from learning for a long time and need help to build your skills.
This is similar to having:
- 1 GCSE below grade G or 1
- Functional Skills – entry level
- Foundation learning – entry level
A level 1 qualification is similar to having a GCSE at grades D–G or 1-3.
- NVQ level 1
- GNVQ Foundation
- Key skills level 1
- Functional Skills level 1
- QCF level 1
- RQF level 1
A level 2 qualification is similar to having a GCSE at grade A*–C or 4-9.
- NVQ level 2
- GNVQ Intermediate
- Key skills level 2
- Functional Skills level 2
- QCF level 2
- RQF level 2
A level 3 qualification is similar to an A level.
- NVQ level 3
- GNVQ Advanced
- Key skills level 3
- QCF level 3
- RQF level 3
A level 4 qualification is similar to a Higher National Certiﬁcate (HNC).
- Certificate of Higher Education
A level 5 qualification similar to a Higher National Diploma (HND).
- Diploma of Higher Education
- Foundation degree
Qualification levels at a glance:
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