Level 2 Qualifications
Qualifications: what the different levels mean
A qualification shows employers, teachers and learners what you have learnt and what you can do as a result of that learning. In the UK, most qualifications fit into one of nine levels. The higher the level, the harder the qualification. The levels are based on the standards of knowledge, skill and competence needed for each qualification. Qualifications at the same level can be very different in terms of content and the length of time they take to complete.
Improving your subject knowledge.
What do I need?
As well as knowledge or experience of your subject, you’ll also need four GCSE grades C to E or a Level 1 course. For an apprenticeship you may not need as many as this.
It is possible to start at this Level on a completely new subject to you – but this will depend on your GCSE grades. Please ask our Progression team for advice.
For the Level 2 Higher Diploma, you will need four GCSEs, including English and Maths at grade D or above, and a minimum grade C in two other subjects or a Level 1 course such as a NVQ 1 or BTEC introductory certificate or Diploma.
What will I get?
You’ll finish your course with a good general education, good work habits, problem-solving skills, resourcefulness, subject knowledge and skills for lower-level jobs. This is the minimum Level that most employers will ask for when you go for a job.