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Qualifications: what are the different levels and types mean

A qualification shows employers, teachers, & learners what you have learned & what you can do as result of that learning. There is a large variety of qualifications available so they are grouped together into levels to show how they compare and what other qualifications they can lead to.

All OBPUK program handbooks clearly identify the type of qualification & level for students’ information.

What is a short course?

It’s a course that doesn’t take long to complete! A short course is a great way to gain the skills you need quickly. Whether you’re looking to start or re-enter the workforce, gain specific training or get skills you need to move ahead, a short course is a great way to focus your learning and to gain confidence.

  • Duration: 1 day – 4 weeks
  • Credits: 1 – 30
  • Level: 1- 3
  • Award Type: Short Course / Certificate/ Award

What is an Online Short Course?

An online course is a program of learning that’s organised according to a syllabus (usually in units) and that takes place in a virtual space. Online courses can be informal and focused on one skill or as formal as leading to a certification or higher qualification.

  • Duration: 2 hrs – 2 weeks
  • Credits: 1 – 12
  • Level: 1- 2
  • Award Type: Short Course / Certificate/ Award

What is a Corporate Training Course?

Corporate training is the process of training employees through a system of activities that educate employees by using various forms of learning programs. These courses are similar to short courses but aimed at corporate sector requirements and needs.

  • Duration: 1 day – 1 week
  • Credits: 1 – 30
  • Level: 1- 3
  • Award Type: Short Course / Certificate/ Award

What are Undergraduate Diploma Programmes?

Undergraduate programmes are students’ first steps into higher education after completing their A-levels or equivalent qualifications. They typically provide a broad understanding of a particular field of study without exploring a subject at an overly advanced or in-depth level.

  • Duration: 6 – 12 weeks
  • Credits: 120
  • Level: 4- 6
  • Award Type: Diploma, Advanced Diploma & Graduate Diploma

What are Postgraduate Diploma Programmes?

Postgraduate courses provide students with an in-depth understanding of a subject and can be beneficial for those pursuing specialist careers or senior-level positions within their field.

  • Duration: 9 – 12 Months
  • Credits: 120
  • Level: 7
  • Award Type: Postgraduate Diploma