In England, Wales and Northern Ireland qualifications are allocated a level within a national framework. This can be confusing for employers and individuals. The examples below provide a quick guide to where some of the more common qualifications 'fit' within the framework.

Level 1 = GCSE's grades D-G, NVQs level 1, BTEC awards, certificates and diplomas at level 1.

Level 2 = GCSE's grades A*-C, NVQs level 2, BTEC awards, certificates and diplomas at level 2.

Level 3 = AS/A levels, NVQs level 3, BTEC Nationals and awards, certificates and diplomas at level 3.

Level 4 = NVQs level 4, BTEC professional diplomas, certificates and awards.

Level 5 = HNCs, HNDs and Foundation Degrees.

Level 6 = Bachelor degrees, BTEC advanced professional diplomas, certificates and awards, graduate certificates and diplomas.

Level 7 = Masters degrees, postgraduate certificates.

Level 8 = Doctorates

Information about the Scottish qualification system and levels will be available here soon.