Qualifications Explained

Qualifications Explained

A wide range of terminology is used to describe courses currently available.  The easiest way to explain them is using Guided Learning Hours (GLH) – the approximate number of taught hours required for the qualification.

Level 2

  • Certificate = 180 GLH.  This would be studied alongside other programmes such as vocational qualifications or A levels over a one-year course of study.
  • Diploma = 360 GLH.  This would form the substantive part of the learner’s studies.  It could also be studied alongside other programmes over a one-year course of study.

Level 3

  • Certificate = 180 GLH. This is the equivalent to one AS level and would be studied alongside other programmes over the course of a year.
  • Extended Certificate = 360 GLH.  This is equivalent to one A level and would form the bulk of a one-year course of study.
  • Foundation Diploma = 540 GLH.  This is equivalent to 1½ A levels and would form an entire one-year study programme.
  • Diploma = 720 GLH.  This is equivalent to two A levels and would form the bulk of a two-year course of study.
  • Extended Diploma = 1,080 GLH.  This is equivalent to three A levels and would form an entire two-year study programme.

TechBac

The TechBac is the combination of a City & Guilds Technical Qualification alongside Workplace Skills to provide learners with a holistic curriculum that truly prepares them for working in ‘the real-world’.  Find out more here.

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