Our Guide to Qualifications

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Entry Level

Entry level qualifications recognise basic knowledge and skills and the ability to apply learning in everyday situations under direct guidance or supervision.

Learning at this level involves building general knowledge and skills.

Qualifications are offered at Entry 1, Entry 2 and Entry 3, in a range of subjects.

 Level 1 

Level 1 qualifications recognise basic knowledge and skills and the ability to apply learning with guidance or supervision. Learning at this level can start you on your career.

NVQ1; GCSEs Grades D-G, Level 1 BTEC Diplomas.

Level 2 

Level 2 qualifications recognise the ability to gain a good knowledge and understanding of a subject area of work or study, and to perform varied tasks with some guidance or supervision. Learning at this level involves building knowledge and/or skills in relation to an area of work or a subject area and is appropriate for many job roles.

NVQ2; GCSEs Grades A*-C, Level 2 BTEC Diploma,  Apprenticeship.

Level 3 

Level 3 qualifications recognise the ability to gain, and where relevant apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding. Learning at this level involves obtaining detailed knowledge and skills. It is appropriate for people wishing to go to university, people working independently, or in some areas supervising and training others in their field of work.

NVQ3; A-Levels; Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma, Advanced Apprenticeship.

Level 4/5/6 

Level 4 and above qualifications recognise specialist learning and involve detailed analysis of a high level of information and knowledge in an area of work or study. Learning at this level is appropriate for people working in technical and professional jobs, and/or managing and developing others.

NVQ4; Foundation Degree, HNC/HND, BA(Hons),  teaching qualifications, higher level apprenticeships.