Credit Framework

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Every unit and qualification in the new framework has a credit value (where one credit represents 10 hours of learning time). There are three different sizes of qualification:

• awards (1 to 12 credits)
• certificates (13 to 36 credits)
• diplomas (37 credits or more).

In addition, each qualification has a level of difficulty from Entry level at the bottom to Level 8 at the top.

The title of every qualification within the new framework contains details of the size (award/certificate/diploma), level of difficulty (Entry to Level 8) and general content of the qualification.

Qualifications and Credit Framework in England and Wales and Northern Ireland
Level 8 Doctorate
Level 7 Master's degree
Level 6 Bachelor's degree
Level 5 Bachelor's degree, Foundation degree, Higher National Diploma
Level 4 Bachelor's degree, Foundation degree, Higher National Certificate
Level 3 A-level, BTEC Extended Diploma, BTEC National Certificate
Level 2 GCSE (grades A* to C), BTEC First Diploma
Level 1 Key Stage 3, E3 Diploma
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