What level to start with?

If it is a while since you have been in education you may find it challenging to navigate what type of course or qualification you need. In a nutshell, there is a range of educational pathways available. They start at level 1 (entry level courses) right up to level 7 (postgraduate courses). Depending on your previous qualifications or experience you can start at a suitable level and progress as you wish.

Here is a quick guide to the different levels on offer

Level 1 – Level 1 courses are entry level and the fi­rst fundamental step to gaining knowledge in a profession, job or industry.

Level 2 – These are GCSE level or old style O-level courses. You will probably need to have English and maths at Level 2 or GCSE English and maths at grade 4 (C grade).

Level 3 – These qualifi­cations are A-level equivalent.

Levels 4/5 – These levels are the fi­rst steps into higher education. Levels 4 and 5 are needed for speci­fic professional careers such as accountancy, or will enable to you to move into management roles.

Level 6 – Level 6/7 qualifications are degree level courses, higher level NVQs or apprenticeships. Level 7 is a master’s level qualification.

Additional learning support

If you have additional learning needs or need support with learning please don’t let this put you off. All providers have dedicated teams who can support you with learning whatever your age, needs or disability. You can access help with communication, exams, equipment and anything else you need.