Qualification Comparisons

Not sure what a level 3 really means? Our quick look comparison guide gives you the low down. 

Entry level

City & Guilds = Entry level vocational awards.        
Academic = Scottish intermediate Scottish Access 1-2.

Level 1

City & Guilds = SVQ/NVQ level 1, Level 1 vocational awards, IVQ certificate, Level 1 International Introductory Awards*.
Academic = GCSE grades D - G, 3/Foundations S Grade, Scottish Access 1-2, Foundation GNVQ.

Level 2

City & Guilds = SVQ/NVQ level 2, Level 2 vocational awards, IVQ Technician certificate, IVQ Diploma, Level 2 International awards*.
Academic = GCSE grades A* - C, Scottish intermediate 2/Credit S Grade.
Other = Intermediate GNVQ, BTEC first certificate.

Level 3

City & Guilds = SVQ/NVQ level 3, Level 3 vocational awards, IVQ Technician Diploma, IVQ Advanced Diploma, Level 3 International Awards*. Academic = A-Level, Scottish higher.
Other = AVCE, BTEC National, Certificate/Diploma, Vocational A-Levels.

Level 4

City & Guilds = Licentiateship (LCGI), Higher Professional Diploma, SVQ/NVQ level 4, Level 4 vocational awards
Academic = Undergraduate
Other = Full technical certificate, BTEC HND/HNC

Level 5

City & Guilds = Diploma SVQ/NVQ level 5, Level 5 vocational awards, IVQ Advanced Technician Diploma
Academic = Undergraduate

Level 6

City & Guilds = Graduateship (GCGI), Associateship (ACGI)
Academic = Graduate

Level 7

City & Guilds = Membership(MCGI), Master Professional, Diploma
Academic = Post graduate

Level 8

City & Guilds = Fellowship (FCGI)
Academic = Doctoral

*Nearest comparable level


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