Part-time and short courses

Check your current qualification level

The table below will help you understand the value of any qualifications you already have.

In general you will need Level 3 qualifications or above to apply for university-level credit-bearing study; however for most short-courses you do not require any prior academic qualifications. If you have not studied at university level before you can apply for a student loan for your tuition fees.

Overview

Level 8

Qualifications are:

  • Doctorate (PhD)
To apply for a Level 8 qualification, you need: Level 6-7 qualification
Level 7

Qualifications are:

  • MA ie, Master’s Degree in Arts
  • MSc ie, Master’s Degree in Science or equivalent
To apply for a Level 7 qualification, you need: Level 5-6 qualification
Level 6

Qualifications are:

  • BA (Hons) ie, Bachelor of Arts Degree
  • BSc (Hons) ie, Bachelor of Science Degree
To apply for a Level 6 qualification, you need: Level 3-5 qualification
Level 5

Qualifications are:

  • NVQ 5
  • Diploma of Higher Education (= second year at university)
  • Foundation Degree
  • Higher National Diploma
To apply for a Level 5 qualification, you need: Level 3-4 qualification
Level 4

Qualifications are:

  • NVQ 4
  • Certificate of Higher Education (= first year at university)
To apply for a Level 4 qualification, you need: Level 3 qualification
Level 3

Qualifications are:

  • NVQ 3
  • A levels
  • International Baccalaureate
  • BTEC National Certificate/Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma
  • Advanced Apprenticeship
  • Access to HE course (adults)

To apply for a Level 3 qualification, you usually need: 4-5 GCSEs at grade A*-C. It is possible to apply with Level 2 qualifications such as: GNVQ Intermediate (Merit) or BTEC First Diploma (Merit).

Level ? Not sure of your qualifications or experience?
If you are unsure where you fit into the levels shown then please contact the Information and Guidance Unit for assistance on 01227 768896.

Level 3

Level 3

Qualifications are:

  • NVQ 3
  • A levels
  • International Baccalaureate
  • BTEC National Certificate/Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma
  • Advanced Apprenticeship
  • Access to HE course (adults)

To apply for a Level 3 qualification, you usually need: 4-5 GCSEs at grade A*-C. It is possible to apply with Level 2 qualifications such as: GNVQ Intermediate (Merit) or BTEC First Diploma (Merit).

Level 4

Level 4

Qualifications are:

  • NVQ 4
  • Certificate of Higher Education (= first year at university)
To apply for a Level 4 qualification, you need: Level 3 qualification

Level 5

Level 5

Qualifications are:

  • NVQ 5
  • Diploma of Higher Education (= second year at university)
  • Foundation Degree
  • Higher National Diploma
To apply for a Level 5 qualification, you need: Level 3-4 qualification

Level 6

Level 6

Qualifications are:

  • BA (Hons) ie, Bachelor of Arts Degree
  • BSc (Hons) ie, Bachelor of Science Degree
To apply for a Level 6 qualification, you need: Level 3-5 qualification

Level 7

Level 7

Qualifications are:

  • MA ie, Master’s Degree in Arts
  • MSc ie, Master’s Degree in Science or equivalent
To apply for a Level 7 qualification, you need: Level 5-6 qualification

Level 8

Level 8

Qualifications are:

  • Doctorate (PhD)
To apply for a Level 8 qualification, you need: Level 6-7 qualification

Not sure...

Level ? Not sure of your qualifications or experience?
If you are unsure where you fit into the levels shown then please contact the Information and Guidance Unit for assistance on 01227 768896.

 

 

Returning to learning

For students who are returning to learning, we may be able to consider previous experience including work-related skills, alternative qualifications and other information instead of traditional entrance requirements.

Advice is available to guide you about the level of skill needed for all our courses. Please call 01227 768896.

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Last Updated: 27/02/2019