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Qualification levels

See the table below for more information about levels:

Levels

General Qualifications

Applied Qualifications

Vocational Qualifications

Level 4-8 (Higher Education)
Specialist learning, detailed analysis, research and high level knowledge and understanding of an area of work or study Full-time or part-time study at a college or university.
Degrees, foundation degrees, Diplomas of higher education and higher national diplomas and certificates
Award
Certificate
Diploma
Levels 4-6
Level 3
Detailed knowledge, and understanding, of a subject, skill or area of work AS / A levels
International Baccalaureate
Advanced Diploma
OCR Level 3
BTEC Level 3 Nationals
Award
Certificate
Diploma
Level 3
Level 2
Good knowledge and understanding of a subject or area of work. GCSEs (Grades A*-C) Higher Diploma
OCR Level 2
BTEC Level 2 Firsts
Award
Certificate
Diploma
Level 2
Level 1 (Foundation learning)
Developing your basic skills and general knowledge GCSEs (Grades D-G) Foundation Diploma
OCR Level 1
BTEC Vocational
Qualifications
Award
Certificate
Diploma
Level 1
Foundation Learning
Basic skills for everyday life Entry Level Certificates
Skills for life
Plus other qualifications

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