What do the 'levels' mean?

The levels refer to the level of learning required to complete the qualification. Qualifications at the same level are therefore broadly similar (or equivalent) in the level of learning, or depth of knowledge, required.

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QCF / RQF Level Other Qualifications at the same level
Level 3 UK Foundation Degree, UK 'A' level, BTEC National Cert
Level 4 BTEC Professional Diploma, first year of 3 year Bachelors degree course
Level 5 HND, Higher Diploma, second year of 3 year Bachelors degree course
Level 6 Bachelors Degree, Graduate Diploma
Level 7 Masters Degree, Postgraduate Diploma

 

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