What qualification level means: England, Wales and Northern Ireland
It is indeed a confusing situation for international learners who intend to undertake higher education in the UK. The primary question that comes to their minds is: What qualification level means in England, Wales and Northern Ireland? What does Level stand for? What do I do if I have an A-Level and what options I have after that? Here is the most credible clarification from UK.GOV
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland there are 9 qualification levels. Most qualifications have a difficulty level. The higher the level, the more difficult the qualification is.
Please see below the list of qualification levels in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and an understanding of what each qualification levels means.
Each entry level qualification is available at three sub-levels – 1, 2 and 3. Entry level 3 is the most difficult out of the three.