New Jersey International Open University
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 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|