Quick guide to qualifications
Use this guide to find out...
- about the level and names of qualifications
- what qualifications you can study full-time or part-time.
- that you will have to study English and maths to Level 2, which is equal to GCSE grade 5/4 (or grade C) if you haven't got them yet
- whatever level you choose you can move up to the next level if you get the grades.
Qualifications and entry requirements explained
|Entry Level||Entry Level 1, 2 and 3|
|Level 1||Grade E (new grades Grade 3) GCSEs, NVQs/VQs, awards/certificates/diplomas|
|Level 2||GCSEs, NVQs/VQs, awards/certificates/diplomas|
|Level 3||A levels, T levels, NVQs/VQs, awards/certificates/diplomas and other qualifications|
|Levels 4 to 6||Higher education – certificates/diplomas, NVQs/VQs, foundation degrees, degrees|
|Levels 7 to 8||Postgraduate and professional – Masters, PhD|
Remember to check GOV.UK to find out which schools, colleges and training providers offer courses leading to these qualifications and take a look at the short UCAS qualification reform videos for an introduction to some of the changes discussed in the links above.
- your predicted grades
- the way you learn – do you like exams, prefer course work, want to study part-time
- doing a range of subjects or specialising in one or two
- the type of qualification that's right for you AND what you are thinking of doing.
Unsure about what you want to do? Check job and course entry requirements and choose subjects that work together.
More to explore
UK exam boards - including replacement certificates
Page updated November 2018