Course levels

What's the right course level for me?

Not sure what qualification you’re looking for or what level to start at?

Here’s a guide to help you choose the right level and show you the type of job it could lead to. How you will study and the duration of your course will depend on what you choose to study, to find out more head to our course information pages.

Level Qualification Job Level
7 Masters Degree / Doctorate NVQ 5 Chartered
professional
6 Honours Degree Higher
Apprenticeship
NVQ 4
5 Foundation Degree, HND Diploma in Higher
Education
Management
professional
4 HNC Certificate in Higher
Education
3 Level 3 Extended Diploma 3 A Levels Advanced
Apprenticeship
NVQ 3
Advanced
technician,
skilled
supervisory
Level 3 Diploma 2 A Levels
Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma 1 A Level
Level 3 Certificate 1 AS Level
2 Level 2 Diploma 4 GCSEs (A*-C) Apprenticeship
NVQ 2
Semi-skilled
operator
Level 2 Extended Certificate 3 GCSEs (A*-C)
Level 2 Certificate 2 GCSEs (A*-C)
1 Level 1 Certificate or
Diploma
GCSEs (D-G) Traineeship
NVQ 1
Operator
Entry Basic Skills / Skills for Life
Vocationally-related
learning
Academic learning Work-based
learning

Students doing a Level 3, 90 Credit Diploma can progress to a Level 3, 180 Credit Diploma in the 2nd year upon successful completion of the 90 Credit Diploma.

Our Level 3 vocational courses attract UCAS Tariff points, just like A Levels. The amount depends on the course you do. You can find out more at: www.ucas.com/tariff

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