1. Overview

Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are grouped into levels, from entry level to level 8.

Qualifications at the same level are a similar level of difficulty, but the size and content of the qualifications can vary.

Example AS levels and A levels are both level 3, but you study AS levels over 1 year and A levels over 2 years. You’ll therefore have a deeper knowledge of a subject if you’ve studied it at A level.

The levels are used in education and work to compare different qualifications - they also show how one qualification can lead to another.

Check the Register of Regulated Qualifications if you’re not sure what level a qualification is.

Qualifications in Scotland

You can compare Scottish qualifications with those in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Contact the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework for more information.

Qualifications in Europe and overseas

Compare qualification across Europe using the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

Contact UK NARIC for information on how qualifications from anywhere outside the UK compare to UK qualifications - there’s a fee for this service.

Get advice

Contact the National Careers Service for advice on courses and how qualifications compare.

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