Choosing the right study programme for you is really important. As well as thinking about the sector and occupation you want to focus on, you also need to think about the level at which you want to study when you join us. Our team are here to help you make sure that you find a programme that stretches and interests you. The table below summarises the different academic levels you’ll hear people talk about:
What sort of qualifications are there at this level?
What does the level involve?
Level 5 diplomas, certificates and awards
HNDs (Higher National Diplomas)
At level 5, you will increase your knowledge and understanding of an area of work to an advanced level in order to deal with complex situations, train or manage others.
Level 4 diplomas, certificates and awards
HNCs (Higher National Certificates)
Level 4 qualifications involve detailed analysis of lots of information to develop specialist learning of a particular subject.
Level 3 diplomas, certificates and awards
AS and A-Levels
Level 3 NVQs
Studying at level 3 is more challenging. Programmes will develop your skills in preparation for a specific career or to study further at degree level.
Level 2 diplomas, certificates and awards
GCSE grade A*-C
Level 2 NVQs
Level 2 is an intermediate level. After a level 2 study programme, you will have skills to either directly enter a job or continue to study at a higher level.
Level 1 introductory diplomas or certificates
GCSEs with grades D-G
Level 1 NVQs
Level 1 gives you a general introduction to your chosen area of work. You will develop your basic skills in order to progress to a level 2 qualification.
Literacy and numeracy skills
BTEC certificate in life skills
BTEC certificates in skills for working life
Entry level is designed to help you improve your basic reading, writing and IT skills to get on to a level 1 study programme.