A Guide to Qualifications
Further Education Qualifications
|Levels||Qualification||14-16 Years||16-19 Years||19+ Years||Entry Requirements|
|1-3||City & Guilds||Some||Work Experience|
|3||AS/A2||5 GCSEs C or above|
|3||Extended Diploma||4/5 GCSEs C or above|
|2||Diploma / Certificate||GCSEs C/Ds|
|1||Introductory Diploma / Certificate||GCSEs D/Es|
Higher Education Qualifications for 18+
|Post Graduate||Appropriate Degree|
|Full Degrees BA/BSc including Diploma Higher Education||Appropriate level 3|
|Foundation Degrees||Appropriate level 3 or suitable employment experience|
|Higher National Certificate (HNC) Higher National Diploma (HND)||Appropriate level 3 qualification or relevant job role|
|City & Guilds||Relevant work experience or C&G level 3|
|NVQs 4-5||Relevant work experience or NVQ level 3|
- Available at levels 1 - 4
- Level 3 Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A Levels
- Focuses on a specific subject area
- Combines vocational and academic study
- Designed to give you the knowledge and skills you need for employment or higher education.
AS and A Levels
- The AS Level comprises three modules and is about 40% of a full A Level
- It is normally studied over one year
- The full A Level comprises six modules (three taken from AS Level)
- This is the second year of the course and is sometimes referred to as an A2
- Designed to prepare you for higher education and employment.
NVQ's and City and Guilds
- Designed to give you the skills you need to do a particular job
- Linked to a specific career
- Available at a range of levels.
Benchmark qualification for school leavers
Most undergraduate degree courses lead to a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BSc) qualification.
Foundation Degrees and Higher National Diplomas (HND)
Foundation degrees and HNDs provide an alternative route for those not wishing to study for a full bachelor's degree. Shorter in study time, HNDs and Foundation degrees have a vocational focus. Students can progress to the final year of a degree programme.