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 or 1
- Functional Skills – entry level
- Foundation learning – entry level
A level 1 qualification is similar to having GCSE grade equivalents at grades D–G or 1-3.
- NVQ level 1
- GNVQ Foundation
- Key skills level 1
- Functional Skills level 1
- QCF level 1
- RQF level 1
A level 2 qualification is similar to having GCSE grade equivalents at grade A*–C or 4-9.
- NVQ level 2
- GNVQ Intermediate
- Key skills level 2
- Functional Skills level 2
- QCF level 2
- RQF level 2
A level 3 qualification is similar to an A level.
- Access to Higher Education Diploma
- NVQ level 3
- GNVQ Advanced
- Key skills level 3 ICT, and similar
- QCF level 3
- RQF level 3
If you're wondering 'What is level 4 equivalent to?', a level 4 qualification is similar to a Higher National Certiﬁcate (HNC).
- Certificate of Higher Education
A level 5 qualification is similar to a Higher National Diploma (HND).
- Diploma of Higher Education
- Foundation degree
Qualification levels at a glance
Qualification grading systems can also be a confusing aspect for learners. For instance, the new GCSE grading system which uses number GCSE grade equivalents as opposed to the traditionally used letters. If you would like to know more about the new GCSE grade equivalents, like what a grade 3 GCSE means, view our GCSE grades explained page.