Research and analysis

Level 4 and 5 qualifications and provider market

Research into how effective providers and awarding organisations design and provide Level 4-5 qualifications.


Review of the Level 4-5 qualification and provider market


This research supports the department’s review of Level 4-5 (L4-5) education, examining the characteristics of and effectiveness of the Level 4-5 qualification and provider market.

It investigates:

  • factors affecting the design and development of L4-5 qualifications
  • factors affecting the provision of L4-5 qualifications by higher education and further education providers
  • barriers to providing L4-5 qualifications, such as from:
    • current legislation
    • policy and funding arrangements
    • issues related to student demand/choices
    • relationships between L4-5 and other qualification markets
Published 28 February 2019