Qualification Types in the UK

The UK education sector offers a wide range of qualification types which are given by recognised awarding bodies. The available qualifications can be academic, vocational or skills-related and are grouped into levels – 9 in total in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 12 in Scotland. The levels reveal difficulty of the acquired qualification although qualifications within a particular level can cover a wide range of subjects and take different amount of time to complete.

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the levels and qualification types are covered by the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) and the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEW) although the levels are equivalent at higher levels. Qualifications such as Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral Degrees are still a part of the FHEQ. In Scotland, the qualifications are contained within the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) which also includes academic qualifications.

Qualification types in the UK include:

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