3. Know the roadmap for development

The National Diploma System of the UK

Level UK programs are accredited and recognized by Ofqual, within the UK National Competency Framework RQF.

The Level UK Qualification system is a preeminent system that makes the process of recognizing competencies and qualifications easier.

Prof. Dr. Eric Olmedo
Expert in Hospitality and Tourism, United Nations

Level UK is the accredited training provider of Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF) Awarding Bodies. RQF is one of the official National qualification frameworks in the United Kingdom. It is born to help learners gain the desired knowledge and efficiently use the degree in the working environment or continuous study, including the desire to transfer to any other educational system.

As an official national qualification frameworks in the United Kingdom and recognized by Ofqual UK, our programs is fully compatible with the European Qualifications Framework. – EQF), the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), the ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework (AQRF), the African Continental Qualifications Framework (ACQF), and is compatible with the education systmes of countries applying the National Qualification Framework (NQF).

Due to its compatibility with global competency framework systems, students enjoy maximum benefits in diploma cross-recognition, labor market entry, and connect with other education systems or collaborate with the University programs upon graduation from our programs.

Progression Routes

Can move up the the next Level in the recognized training center
Can get the next level diploma through apprenticeship programs
Can enters the next stage at the University

How is a transition to another educational system considered?

The United Kingdom is a signatory of the Lisbon Recognition Convention which obliges the signatory nations to make arrangements for recognising qualifications across borders and to provide information on education systems and higher education institutions. UK ENIC provides these services. UK ENIC is the designated United Kingdom national agency for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills. They perform this official function on behalf of the UK Government.

The Band Framework of UK ENIC have been developed to ensure that the skills, competencies and qualifications of those coming to the UK to work, study, practice or settle are recognised at the appropriate level. UK ENIC also supports every university in the UK, all colleges that admit international students, employers, professional bodies, UK Government departments, and immigration advisers understand more about educational, vocational and professional systems outside the UK.

Note

Although there are similarities and framework guidelines for cross-recognition among educational systems, universities and educational institutions have the right to make their own rules for admission based on their continued records received by each student

UK ENIC Band Framework (Source: UK ENIC)

The structure, purpose and outcomes of international qualifications vary widely. No direct equivalence between awards is possible; UK ENIC instead focuses on comparisons.

Once UK ENIC reaches a recognition decision about the comparable UK level of an international qualification, we then identify the closest UK counterpart qualification(s).

Both comparable levels and comparable qualifications are referenced in our Statements of Comparability.

The UK ENIC Band Framework © is a hierarchical set of outcomes, with 16 Bands, designed to provide maximum differentiation and detail in comparing qualifications.

The Bands reference existing qualifications in the UK and also the established qualification frameworks. This is shown in the table below.

The Band Framework therefore acts as a translation mechanism for international qualifications – illustrating comparable level, and the types of UK qualification to which the international award best compares.

UK Framework LevelsAcademicProfessional and vocational
RQF Entry Levels 1-2 / SCQF Levels 1-2 / CQFW Entry Levels 1-2RQF/CQFW Entry level 1-2 Certificates / Functional Skills Awards / SQA National 1-2 Courses / SQA Awards at SCQF level 1-2RQF/CQFW Entry Level 1-2 Award/Certificate/Diploma / SQA National Certificate at SCQF level 2 / SQA National Progression Award at SCQF level 2
RQF/CQFW Entry Level 1-3 Award/Certificate/Diploma / SQA National Certificate at SCQF level 1-3 / SQA National Progression Award at SCQF level 1-3
UK Framework LevelsAcademicProfessional and vocational
RQF Entry Level 3 / SCQF Level 3 / CQFW Entry Level 3RQF/CQFW Entry level 3 Certificates / Functional Skills Awards / SQA National 3 Courses / SQA Awards at SCQF level 3RQF/CQFW Entry Level 3 Award/Certificate/Diploma / SQA National Certificate at SCQF level 3 / SQA National Progression Award at SCQF level 3
RQF Entry Levels 1-3 / SCQF Levels 1-3 / CQFW Entry Levels 1-3Below GCSEN/A
UK Framework LevelsAcademicProfessional and vocational
RQF Level 1 / SCQF Level 4 / CQFW Level 1GCSE (grades D-G / 3-1) / Scottish National 4 / Foundation Welsh BaccalaureateLevel 1 Certificate / Diploma / Scottish National 4
English and Maths are graded on a 9 (highest) to 1 scale, with 3-1 representing an equivalent level of performance to the grades D-G.Level 1 NVQ / SVQ Level 1
UK Framework LevelsAcademicProfessional and vocational
RQF Level 2 / SCQF Level 5 / CQFW Level 2GCSE (grades A*-C / 9-4) / Scottish National 5 (grades A-C) [1] / Intermediate Welsh BaccalaureateBTEC Firsts / SQA National Certificate at SCQF Level 5 / SQA National Progression Award at SCQF Level 5
Depending upon the pass mark and whether English is studied as a first language, individual subjects may be considered directly comparable to their UK counterparts. English and Maths are graded on a 9 (highest) to 1 scale, with 9-4 representing an equivalent level of performance to the grades A*-C.Level 2 NVQ / SVQ Level 2
Notes: A Scottish National 5 grade D is also considered a SCQF Level 5 qualification.
UK Framework LevelsAcademicProfessional and vocational
Between RQF Level 2 / SCQF Level 5 / CQFW Level 2 and RQF Level 3 / SCQF Level 6 / CQFW Level 3Between GCSE and GCE AS levelBetween BTEC First and BTEC National qualifications / SQA National Certificate at SCQF Levels 5 and 6 / SQA National Progression Award at SCQF Levels 5 and 6
Between Levels 2 and 3 NVQ / Between SVQ Levels 2 and 3
UK Framework LevelsAcademicProfessional and vocational
RQF Level 3 / SCQF Level 6 / CQFW Level 3GCE Advanced Subsidiary (AS) level / Scottish HigherBTEC National Certificate / Extended Certificate / Foundation Diploma / Scottish Higher / SQA National Certificate at SCQF Level 6 / SQA National Progression Award at SCQF Level 6
RQF/CQFW Level 3 Awards/Certificates / SQA Professional Development Award at SCQF Level 6 / SQA Awards at SCQF Level 6
UK Framework LevelsAcademicProfessional and vocational
RQF Level 3 / SCQF Level 6-7 / CQFW Level 3Overall standard of GCE Advanced (A) level / Scottish Advanced Higher / Scottish Baccalaureate / Advanced Welsh BaccalaureateBTEC National Diploma / Extended Diploma
Due to the scope of subject coverage, it may not be possible to compare individual subjects to their UK counterparts. In this scenario, passed subjects can be considered at least comparable to GCSE (grades A*-C) / Scottish National 5 (grades A-C).Level 3 NVQ / SVQ Level 3 / SQA Professional Development Award at SCQF Levels 6 and 7
UK Framework LevelsAcademicProfessional and vocational
RQF Level 4 / SCQF Level 7 / CQFW Level 4Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)BTEC Level 4 / SQA Higher National Certificate (HNC) (SCQF Level 7)
Level 4 NVQ / SQA Professional Development Award at SCQF Level 7
UK Framework LevelsAcademicProfessional and vocational
RQF Level 5 / SCQF Level 8 / CQFW Level 5Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)Foundation degree / BTEC Level 5 / SQA Higher National Diploma (HND) (SCQF level 8)
Level 5 NVQ / SVQ Level 4 / SQA Professional Development Award at SCQF level 8
UK Framework LevelsAcademicProfessional and vocational
RQF Level 6 / SCQF Level 9 / CQFW Level 6Bachelor (Ordinary) degree [*]RQF/CQFW Level 6 Diploma / SQA Professional Development Award at SCQF Level 9
Level 6 NVQ / SVQ Level 4 / SQA Professional Development Award at SCQF Level 9
(*) This level also encompasses the Scottish Master's (Ordinary) degrees as awarded at Scottish Ancient Universities.
UK Framework LevelsAcademicProfessional and vocational
RQF Level 6 / SCQF Level 10 / CQFW Level 6Bachelor (Honours) degree [*]RQF/CQFW Level 6 Diploma / SQA Professional Development Award at SCQF Level 10
Bachelor degreeLevel 6 NVQ / SQA Professional Development Awards at SCQF Level 10
Graduate Certificate / Graduate Diploma
(*) This level also encompasses the Scottish Master's (Honours) degree standard as awarded at Scottish Ancient universities and the Master of Arts (Honours) awarded by Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
UK Framework LevelsAcademicProfessional and vocational
RQF Level 7 / SCQF Level 11 / CQFW Level 7Postgraduate CertificateRQF/CQFW Level 7 Diploma / SQA Professional Development Award at SCQF Level 11
Postgraduate DiplomaLevel 7 NVQ / SVQ Level 5
UK Framework LevelsAcademicProfessional and vocational
RQF Level 7 / SCQF Level 11 / CQFW Level 7Master's degreeN/A
Integrated Master's degree (e.g. MEng, MChem, MPhys, MPharm, MArch)N/A
Primary (or first) qualifications in medicine, (e.g. BM BS), dentistry (e.g. BDS) and veterinary science (e.g. BVSc)N/A
UK Framework LevelsAcademicProfessional and vocational
RQF Level 7 / SCQF Level 11 / CQFW Level 7Master of Philosophy degree (MPhil) / Master of Research (MRes)N/A
UK Framework LevelsAcademicProfessional and vocational
RQF Level 8 / SCQF Level 12 / CQFW Level 8Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD)Professional Doctorate (e.g. EdD, DClinPsy, DBA)
RQF/CQFW Level 8 Diploma / SQA Professional Development Award at SCQF level 12
UK Framework LevelsAcademicProfessional and vocational
N/APost Doctoral award (e.g. DD, LLD, LittD, MedScD, SD)N/A

The development roadmap for each Level

Level 3 UK Diploma corresponds to:

  • A level
  • Foundation Degree 3 according to the Vietnam Qualifications Framework VQF.
  • access to higher education diploma
  • advanced apprenticeship
  • applied general
  • AS level
  • international Baccalaureate diploma
  • level 3 ESOL
  • level 3 national diploma
  • level 3 NVQ
  • tech level
  • Level 4 according to the European Qualifications Framework EQF
  • Enter first-year at UK Universities and Europe with a 3-year university system.

Correlation with professional capacity

Graduating from a Level 3 Diploma can become an apprentice worker with elementary competencies in the trained professionals.

Development roadmap

  • Enter Level 4 Diploma UK
  • Enter Level 4 Diploma of European countries
  • Enter Certificate IV of Australia
  • Enter a Level 4 Diploma in Africa
  • Enter a Level 4 Diploma in Southeast Asia.

Level 4 UK Diploma corresponds to:

  • Completed year 1 of a 3-year university (the UK and Europe)
  • Intermediate (under the Vietnam Qualifications Framework)
  • certificate of higher education (CertHE)
  • higher apprenticeship
  • higher national certificate (HNC)

Correlation with professional capacity

Graduating from a Level 4 Diploma can become an expert with intermediate competence in the profession that is trained.

Development roadmap

  • Enter Level 5 Diploma UK
  • Enter Level 5 Diploma of European countries
  • Enter Australia diploma
  • Enter a Level 5 Diploma in Africa
  • Enter a Level 5 Diploma in Southeast Asia.
  • Enter second-year at UK Universities and Europe with a 3-year university system

Level 5 UK Diploma corresponds to:

  • Completed year 2 of a 3-year university (the UK and Europe)
  • College Degree under the Vietnam Qualifications Framework.
  • diploma of higher education (DipHE)
  • foundation degree
  • higher national diploma (HND)
  • Diploma / Advanced Diploma according to the Australian Level system.

Correlation with professional capacity

Graduating from a Level 5 Diploma can become a specialist with College qualifications in the field being trained.

Development roadmap

  • Enter Level 6 Diploma UK
  • Enter Level 6 Diploma of European countries
  • Enter Bachelor Degree / Bachelor Honors Degree / Graduate Diploma of Australia
  • Enter Level 6 Diploma or final year of university education in Africa
  • Enter Level 6 Diploma or final year of college in Southeast Asia.
  • Enter final-year at UK Universities and Europe with a 3-year university system

Level 6 UK Diploma corresponds to:

  • Level 6 UK Diploma corresponds to Bachelor (Bachelor of the Arts (BA) hons, Bachelor of Science (BSC) hons, BBA, Degree without honors …)

Correlation with professional capacity

Graduating from a Level 6 Diploma can become an expert with a Bachelor’s capacity in the trained professionals.

Development roadmap

  • Enter the final stage, get a Bachelor’s (Bachelor with Hons) from the UK or European university. In the final stage, students will do an additional thesis to receive a bachelor’s degree.
  • Enter Level 7 Diploma UK
  • Enter Master at recognized and accredited schools in the UK and Europe.
  • Enter Level 7 Diploma of European countries
  • Enter Master of Australia
  • Enter Level 7 Diploma or Master in Africa
  • Enter Level 7 Diploma or Master’s degree in Southeast Asia.

Level 7 UK Diploma corresponds to:

  • Level 7 UK Diploma corresponds to Master of Engineering (MEng), Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MSc), MBA …)

Correlation with professional capacity

Graduating from a Level 7 Diploma can become an expert with a capacity equivalent to a Master’s degree in the trained professionals.

Development roadmap

  • It is possible to enter the final stage of Masters degrees at the UK and European universities. In the final stage, schools usually only require applicants with Level 7 to do an additional graduation thesis.
  • Enter Level 8 Diploma UK
  • Enter Doctor (DBA, Ph.D…) at recognized and accredited schools in the UK and Europe.
  • Enter Level 8 Diploma of European countries
  • Enter Doctor of Australia
  • Enter Level 8 Diploma or Doctor in Africa
  • Enter Level 8 Diploma or Doctor in Southeast Asia.

Level 8 UK Diploma corresponds to:

  • Level 8 UK Diploma corresponding to Doctor (DBA, Ph.D., Doctorate of Majors)

Correlation with professional capacity

Graduating from a Level 8 Diploma can become an expert, a researcher with Ph.D. capacity in the field trained and researched.

Development roadmap

  • It may be in the final stage to earn a Ph.D. at the UK and European universities and countries with a national framework system. In the final stage, schools usually only require a Level 8 candidate to do an additional Ph.D. thesis without repeating any subjects.
  • Join PostDoc Research to get a PostDoc certificate.

Frequently asked questions about the development pathway with Level UK Qualifications

Level UK Qualification is one of the UK national qualification system according to the Regulated Qualification Framework (ROF), accredited and recognized by Ofqual. The Level qualification is the equivalent of the other training system. After get the Level UK qualification, the leaners has the ability to transfer or move up to the next Level qualifications or join into the University in UK and wordwide.

Pathways available for Level UK Qualifications:

Yes you could.

The process of transitioning to university training system when you have a Level Diploma:

When completing a Level DiplomaSwitch to university training system
Reach Level 2 and Level 3In Year 1 University
Completion of Level 4 DiplomaEnter the 2nd year Bachelor's degree at British Universities with respective majors or non-UK universities using the National Competency Framework (NQF)
Completion of Level 5 DiplomaYear 3 Bachelor's degree at British Universities with respective majors or non-UK universities using the National Competency Framework (NQF)
Complete Level 6(1) In the final stage (with only 1 graduation report) to obtain a Bachelor of Arts or an Honors Bachelor (Hons) at British Universities or outside the UK using the National Competency Framework (NF) . (2) Admission to Master with respective majors.
Complete Level 7(1) In the final stage to get a Master's degree (with only 1 thesis) at British Universities with the respective majors or universities outside the UK using the National Competency Framework (NQF). (2) Enter the Doctoral program.
Complete Level 8(1) Can collaborate with university professors to make or recognize doctoral dissertation to get PhD degree at UK Universities or outside UK. (2) Enter the PostDoc program

Examples of some specific routes with specific UK Diploma Levels:

Source: Qualifi United Kingdom

Absolutely acceptable when:

  • (1) The country in which you intend to study the Level has the application of the National Qualification Framework and
  • (2) The same majors or close specialties
  • (3) Some of the education systems you continue to study are numerically different from the British education system, the receiving school in this country may ask you to add some additional requirements.

As one of the national education systems of the UK, Level UK Qualification (RQF) is a parallel system with the university training system but has many outstanding advantages and correlations.

Due to the development of education and the need to recognize diplomas between countries, the labor market in the context of so many differences between education systems and the way to call the graduate certificate, RQF – Level UK qualification was born to solve thoroughly resolve the above obstacles.

As an advanced education system, Level UK qualification has the following advantages:

  • Recognition of education the same as studying at Universities.
  • Transferring back and forth with the university training system helps with more options Being recognized by the labor market easily competencies and qualifications because all degrees convert into Levels
  • Recognition for each period: each academic year will be granted a Level Diploma to help learners can go to work immediately, can postpone their studies to go to work without losing recognition in the process of being trained before.
  • Cost savings compared to university training system.

Our programs is recognized in UK and worldwide