Qualification levels explained

Qualification levels are determined by the National Qualifications Framework (NQF), based on the knowledge and skills that you learn when you complete them. Levels start at ‘entry-level’ and are numbered from 1 to 8, with level 7 being the highest level qualification that we currently offer.

You can generally ‘move up’ levels by completing lower level qualifications but to understand specific entry requirements for courses you are interested in, make sure you read the entry requirements on our course webpages. For some courses, we will take life and work experience into account when considering applications so if this applies to you, make sure you get in touch to discuss your options.

Entry Level Courses designed for people with little or no experience or qualifications. They’re a great way to get develop skills and build your confidence.
Level 1 GCSE grades D-G, Foundation Diplomas and National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) Level 1
Level 2 GCSE grades C-A*, Level 2 Diplomas, Traineeships and Intermediate Apprenticeships
Level 3 A Levels, AS Levels, Advanced Apprenticeships, Foundation Entry Degrees and Access to Higher Education Diplomas
Level 4 Higher Apprenticeships, Higher National Certificates (HNCs)
Level 5 Higher Apprenticeships, Higher National Diplomas (HNDs), Foundation Degrees
Level 6 Honours degrees (eg. BA, BSc, BEng or LLB)
Level 7 Master’s degrees
Level 8 Specialist qualifications such as PhDs