LEVEL
QUALIFICATION EQUIVALENT (incorporating NQF and QCF and RQF)

 


 

0

 
Entry level
(code 7, 9)
 
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QCF Award at Entry level
QCF Certificate at Entry level
Certificate in Adult Literacy, Numeracy, ESOL at Entry level
RQF qualifications at Entry Level
English and Maths Stepping Stones qualifications at Entry Level
Functional Skills

 


 

1

 
Level 1
(code 1)
 
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GCSE/O Level (at grades D-G or fewer than 5 at grades A-C)
CSE below grade 1
1 AS Level (for AS qualifications regulated before 1 September 2015)
QCF Diploma Level 1
QCF Certificate Level 1
QCF Award Level 1
Foundation 14-19 Diploma
Functional Skills
Certificate in Adult Literacy, Numeracy, ESOL at Level 1
Level 1 Key Skills
Level 1 Principal Learning
Introductory Diploma
Introductory Certificate
GNVQ Foundation
NVQ Level 1
RQF qualifications at Level 1
Technical Awards in the Key Stage 4 Performance Tables

 


 

2

 
Full Level 2
(code 2)
 
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GCSE/O Level (5 or more GCSEs grades A*-C)
2 or 3 AS Levels (for AS qualifications regulated before 1 September 2015)
CSE Grade 1 (5 or more)
1 A Level
Higher 14-19 Diploma
QCF Diploma level 2
QCF Certificate level 2 at 13 or 14 credits undertaken before 2014 to 2015
Level 2 Principal Learning
NVQ level 2
GNVQ Intermediate
Technical Certificates in the 16-19 Performance Tables
QCF Certificate level 2 at 15 credits and above
From 1 August 2015 vocational qualifications of 150 GLH or more

 


 

3

 
Full Level 3
(code 3)
 
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A Levels (2 or more advanced level passes)
4 or more AS Levels (for AS qualifications regulated before 1 September 2015)
QCF Diploma Level 3
QAA Access to HE
Advanced 14-19 Diploma
GNVQ Advanced
NVQ level 3
AVCE double award
Tech Levels which are in the 16-19 Performance Tables
Applied Generals which are in the 16-19 Performance Tables (from 1 August 2015)
QCF Certificate at Level 3 which is 30 to 36 credits
From 1 August 2015 vocational qualifications of 300 GLH or more

 


 

4

 
Level 4
(code 10)
 
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QCF Award Level 4
QCF Certificate Level 4
QCF Diploma Level 4
HNC
RQF qualifications Level 4
Level 4 (code 4)
NVQ level 4
Level 4 Professional Certificate
Level 4 Professional Diploma
Certificates of higher education

 


 

5

 
Level 5
(code 11)
 
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QCF Award Level 5
QCF Certificate Level 5
QCF Diploma Level 5
HND
RQF qualifications Level 5
Level 4 (code 4)
NVQ level 4
Level 4 Professional Certificate
Level 4 Professional Diploma
Foundation degrees

 


 

6

 
Level 6
(code 12)
 
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QCF Award Level 6
QCF Certificate Level 6
QCF Diploma Level 6
RQF qualifications Level 6
Level 4 (code 4)
NVQ level 4
Level 4 Professional Certificate
Level 4 Professional Diploma
Bachelor’s degrees; graduate certificates and diploma

 


 

7+

 
Level 7+
(code 13)
 
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QCF Award Level 7
QCF Certificate Level 7
QCF Diploma Level 7
RQF qualifications Level 7
QCF Award Level 8
QCF Certificate Level 8
QCF Diploma Level 8
RQF qualifications Level 8
Level 5+ (code 5)
Continuing education diploma;
NVQ level 5
Level 5 Professional Certificate
Doctorates
Masters degrees; postgraduate certificates and diplomas