Level 1 & 2 (5th form & School Certificate / 6th form)
Certificates are normally programmes of study between 12 weeks and 1 year long. Certificates are often required for entry into trades, administration and hospitality positions.
Level 3 & 4 (7th form / Bursary)
Diplomas are normally one or two years of study and are often necessary for a career in advanced trades or technical and professional occupations. Some diplomas may be crosscredited into degrees.
Level 5 & 6
Degrees are Bachelor level qualifications and require specialist study in a particular subject area. A degree usually takes three years of study, covering levels 5, 6 and 7.
Graduate Certificate / Graduate Diploma
Graduate Certificates and Diplomas are available to applicants who have a degree (or in special circumstances the equivalent skills, knowledge and work experience), who want to gain further skills and knowledge in either a familiar or a new discipline. These are usually either six months or one year long.
Postgraduate Diplomas are Level 8 qualifications and are available to applicants who have a degree (or in special circumstances the equivalent skills, knowledge and work experience).