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Qualifications and Levels Explained

Chichester College offers a wide range of academic and vocational qualifications at different levels. Unless you are familiar with these it can sometimes be difficult to get to grips with all the qualifications and the different levels. Not surprisingly, many people need help to understand all their options and what is the best level for them..

Our friendly Admissions Team are always available for advice and guidance, but for a brief overview of how many of the qualifications compare, take a look at the diagram below. It shows how the most common qualifications fit into the different levels and what they can lead on to.

In some cases you will need to start at level 1 or 2 in order to get all the background knowledge and skills you need for that course e.g. in the construction trades. In others, so long as you have achieved a certain level of qualification, e.g. GCSEs at grade C, you can go on to higher qualifications such as the Level 3 Diploma.

 If your goal is to go to university you will need to achieve UCAS points which are gained on most Level 3 qualifications eg Level 3 Diplomas or A levels. Chichester College offers courses which are equivalent to the first two years of a university degree eg Level 5 HND or Foundation Degree.

Example Qualifications and Levels

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5 Level 6/7
  GCSEs AS/A Levels   HND/HNC  
Certificates/ Diplomas
Certificates/ Diplomas Certificates/ Diplomas   Foundation Degrees
  Apprenticeships Apprenticeships

    Access Professional Courses Professional Courses Professional Courses
NVQ Level 1
NVQ Level 2
NVQ Level 3
NVQ Level 4
NVQ Level 5