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How do Qualification Levels Work?

The majority of qualifications have a difficulty level. The higher the level, the more difficult the qualification is to achieve.

Qualifications at the same level usually cover different amounts of the same subject. For example AS Levels and A Levels are both Level 3 qualifications, but you study AS Levels over one year and A Levels over two years. With an A Level, you learn more about the subject.

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland there are nine qualification levels:

QUALIFICATION LEVELS

Entry Level

Each of the seven entry level categories below has three sub-levels. Entry Level 3 is the most difficult.

Entry Level qualifications are:

QUALIFICATION LEVELS

Level 1

Level 1 qualifications are:

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Level 2

Level 2 qualifications are:

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Level 3

Level 3 qualifications are:

QUALIFICATION LEVELS

Level 4

Level 4 qualifications are:

QUALIFICATION LEVELS

Level 5

Level 5 qualifications are:

QUALIFICATION LEVELS

Level 6

Level 6 qualifications are:

QUALIFICATION LEVELS

Level 7

Level 7 qualifications are:

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Level 8

Level 8 qualifications are:

QUALIFICATION FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

Qualifications outside of England, Wales and Northern Ireland use a different system. For more information, visit the Department for Education’s website.

Replacement Certificates

The cost of a replacement certificate for awards made after September 2005 is £25. If you received your award before 2005, we can issue you a letter of verification for £50.

Learners will receive replacement certificates or letters of verification bearing the name they were enrolled as with ABC Awards at the time of the original certificate claim. Changes to name as a result of marriage, divorce, or deed poll can only be made prior to certification. Changes subsequent to certification will not be allowed unless there is a spelling error on the certificate. In the case of the latter the original certificate must be returned by the Centre before a new certificate is re-issued.

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