The information shown in the table below provides a guide to attainment level progression.
The levels shown do not necessarily coincide with the level at which individual qualifications are set. For example, GCSEs are at level 1/2, but the level of attainment achieved by a learner is dependent on the grade they achieve. Where a learner attains a GCSE grade D-G this would be considered a level 1.
Whether a learner’s prior attainment is a full level 2 or full level 3 will depend on whether the qualification was defined as this when studied. This is because the qualifications that have been defined as full level 2 and full level 3 have changed over time. The qualifications listed in the table below are examples of qualifications which may have been full in the past. The guidance has been updated to reflect the introduction of the Regulated Qualification Framework RQF from the 1 October 2015 and the decoupling of AS Levels from A Levels from September 2015.
|Level Descriptors||Qualification equivalent|
|Full level 2||
|Full level 3||
|Level Descriptors||Current Ofqual Regulated Framework (RQF)||Framework for Higher Education Qualifications
||Certificates of higher education|
||Bachelor’s degrees, graduate certificates and diplomas|
||Masters degrees, postgraduate certificates and diplomas|