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Course Level Guide

Understanding the different levels and qualifications you might study can be confusing.

At College, we offer a comprehensive range of study levels for you to explore. Embrace a multitude of opportunities for growth and advancement on your educational journey with us.


Levels Qualification Abbreviation
Entry Level Entry Level Award, Certificate, Diploma ELA
Functional Skills FS
Level 1 Functional Skills FS
NVQ (Level 1) NVQ
Level 2 Award, Certificate, Diploma ACD
Intermediate Apprenticeship IA
NVQ (Level 2) NVQ
National Certificate/Diploma NC, ND
T Level – Transition Offer T Level
Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship AA
AS Levels AS Level
A Levels A Level
Award, Certificate, Diploma ACD
Extended Diploma ED
Foundation Diploma FD
NVQ (Level 3) NVQ
T Level (Level 3) T Level
Level 4 (HE) Certificate of Higher Education CertHE
Higher National Certificate HNC
Higher Technical Qualifications HTQ
Level 5 (HE) Higher Technical Qualifications HTQ
Higher National Diploma HND
Foundation Degree FdA, FdSc
Diploma of Higher Education DipHE
Level 6 (HE) Bachelor’s Degree BA, BSc
Bachelor’s Degree with Honours BA/BSc (Hons)
Higher Apprenticeships HA
Professional Graduate Diploma in Education PGDE
Level 7 (HE) Master’s Degree MA, MSc, MBA
Postgraduate Diploma PGDip
Postgraduate Certificate PGCert
Level 8 (HE) Doctorate PhD
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