Certificate - Level 1 & 2 (5th form & School Certificate / 6th form)
Certificates are normally programmes of study between 12 weeks and 1 year. Certificates are often required for entry level positions.
Diploma - Level 3 & 4 (7th form/Bursary), Level 5 & 6
Diplomas are normally 1 or 2 years of study and are often necessary for advanced trades or technical and professional occupations. Some diplomas may be cross-credited towards degrees.
Bachelor's Degree - Level 5, 6 & 7
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 Certificates & Diplomas - Level 7
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.
Postgraduate Diplomas, Postgraduate Certificates - Level 8
Postgraduate Diplomas and Certificates are available to applicants who have a degree in the same subject area (or in special circumstances the equivalent skills, knowledge and work experience).
Masters Degree - Level 9
A Master’s Degree is an advanced postgraduate degree which builds on a Bachelor's or Postgraduate qualification, or in some cases extensive professional experience. Candidates undertake research and/or advanced scholarship, such as writing a thesis, in one discipline or programme of study, and may be undertaken by taught courses or research, or a combination of both.