Applications

UK Qualification Comparisons

Level
RQF examples
FHEQ examples
Entry
– Entry level certificate
– Entry level Skills for Life
– Entry level award, certificate and diploma
– Entry level Functional Skills
– Entry level Foundation Learning
1
– GCSE (grades D-G)
– Key Skills level 1
– NVQ level 1
– Skills for Life level 1
– Foundation diploma
– BTEC award, certificate and diploma level 1
– Foundation Learning level 1
– Functional Skills level 1
– Cambridge National level 1
2
– GCSE (grades A*-C)
– Key Skills level 2
– NVQ level 2
– Skills for Life level 2
– Higher diploma
– BTEC award, certificate and diploma level 2
– Functional Skills level 2
– Cambridge National level 2
– Cambridge Technical level 2
3
– AS and A level
– Advanced Extension Award
– Cambridge International award
– International Baccalaureate
– Key Skills level 3
– NVQ level 3
– Advanced diploma
– Progression diploma
– BTEC award, certificate and diploma level 3
– BTEC National
– Cambridge Technical level 3
4
– Certificate of higher education
– Key Skills level 4
– NVQ level 4
– BTEC Professional award, certificate and diploma level 4
– Certificate of higher education
– HNC
5
– HND
– NVQ level 4
– Higher diploma
– BTEC Professional award, certificate and diploma level 5
– HNC
– HND
– Diploma of higher education
– Diploma of further education
– Foundation degree
– HND
6
– NVQ level 4
– BTEC Advanced Professional award, certificate and diploma level 6
– Bachelor’s degree
– Graduate certificate
– Graduate diploma
7
– BTEC Advanced Professional award, certificate and diploma level 7
– Fellowship and fellowship diploma
– Postgraduate certificate
– Postgraduate diploma
– NVQ level 5
– BTEC Advanced Professional award, certificate and diploma level 7
– Master’s degree
– Postgraduate certificate
– Postgraduate diploma
8
– NVQs level 5
– Vocational qualifications level 8
– Doctorate

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