Qualification equivalency

If you’re confused about qualification levels take a look at this quick guide.

Entry level

An entry level qualification might be right for you if you’ve been away from learning for a long time and need help to build your skills.

This is similar to having:

  • 1 GCSE below grade G
  • Functional Skills – entry level
  • Foundation learning – entry level

 

Level 1

This is similar to having a GCSE at grades D–G.

And also:

  • NVQ level 1
  • GNVQ Foundation
  • Key skills level 1
  • Functional Skills level 1

 

Level 2

This is similar to having a GCSE at grade A*–C.

And also:

  • NVQ level 2
  • GNVQ Intermediate
  • Key skills level 2
  • Functional Skills level 2

 

Level 3

This is similar to an A level.

And also:

  • NVQ level 3
  • GNVQ Advanced
  • Key skills level 3

 

Level 4

This is similar to a Higher National Certificate (HNC).

And also:

  • Certificate of Higher Education

 

Level 5

This is similar to a Higher National Diploma (HND).

And also:

  • Diploma of Higher Education
  • Foundation degree