What is a Level 7 Qualification?



WHAT ARE QUALIFICATION LEVELS?

The government Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) recognises eight levels of qualification. These range from GCSEs (Levels 1-2) to PhDs (Level 8), as per the diagram below.

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You can check for regulated Injectables qualifications on the Ofqual register here.


All regulated qualifications in  England, Wales and Northern Ireland are in either the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF, or the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ)


The following is a subset of comparisons between RCF (vocational) and FHEQ (university) qualifications. The entire set is listed on the government website.

LevelRQF examplesFHEQ examples
4HNC
– Certificate of higher education
– Key Skills level 4
– NVQ level 4
BTEC Professional award, certificate and diploma level 4
– Certificate of higher education
HNC
5HND
– NVQ level 5
– Higher diploma
BTEC Professional award, certificate and diploma level 5
– Diploma of higher education
– Diploma of further education
– Foundation degree
HND
6– NVQ level 6
BTEC Advanced Professional award, certificate and diploma level 6
– Bachelor’s degree
– Graduate certificate
– Graduate diploma
7 BTEC Advanced Professional award, certificate and diploma level 7
– Fellowship and fellowship diploma
– Postgraduate certificate
– Postgraduate diploma
– NVQ level 7
BTEC Advanced Professional award, certificate and diploma level 7
– Master’s degree
– Postgraduate certificate
– Postgraduate diploma
8NVQs level 8
– Vocational qualifications level 8
– Doctorate

 

SO, WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PGCERT AND A VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATION AT LEVEL 7, SUCH AS THE L7CERT?

Level 7 (postgraduate) diplomas and certificates can be achieved both inside and outside of universities, with different names. Essentially, the difference between them is that ‘PGCert’ is the name for a qualification achieved at a university, whereas Level 7 certificates achieved elsewhere use different terminology to make it clear that they are industry qualifications.

In practice, qualifications achieved at universities are primarily theoretical, and focus on enabling students with the skills required to research in an academic field, in contradistinction to independent qualification providers like Harley Academy that focus on applied specialist skills.

FURTHER RESOURCES:

Wikipedia: National Qualifications Framework

UK Government: What Different Qualification Levels Mean