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Qualification Routes Explained

Qualification Level Example Qualification Type Alternative Routes
8

Doctorate

NVQ Level 5

Vocational Qualifications Level B

 
7

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma

Master's Degree

NVQ Level 5

BTEC Advanced Professional Award, Certificate and Diploma Level 7

Higher or Degree Apprenticeship
6

Degree (with or without Honours)

Graduate Certificate or Diploma

BTEC Advanced Professional Award, Certificate and Diploma Level 6

Higher or Degree Apprenticeship
5

Foundation Degree

Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)

BTEC Advanced Professional Award, Certificate and Diploma Level 5

NVQ Level 4

Higher Apprenticeship
4

Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)

BTEC Advanced Professional Award, Certificate and Diploma Level 4

NVQ Level 4

Key Skills Level 4

Higher Apprenticeship
3

A Levels (A-E grade)

AS Levels

NVQ Level 3

Key Skills Level 3

City & Guilds/BTEC

Advanced Apprenticeship
2

GCSEs (9-4 or A*-C grade)

NVQ Level 2

Key Skills Level 2

City & Guilds/BTEC

Functional Skills/Skills for Life Level 2

Intermediate Apprenticeship
1

GCSEs (3-1 or D-G grade)

NVQ Level 1

Key Skills Level 1

City & Guilds/BTEC

Functional Skills/Skills for Life Level 1

Traineeship
Entry Levels 1-3 Functional Skills/Skills for Life Entry Level Traineeship