Level 5 qualifications are at the same level of study and equate to the first two years of a Bachelor’s degree.
These are offered by further education colleges in vocational subjects that develop practical skills and knowledge related to an employment area.
There are generally three common sizes of Level 5 qualifications: Award, Certificate and Diploma. The size indicates the number of credits a learner must achieve to be awarded the qualification. To gain a Level 5 Award, student needs between 1 and 12 credits, for Level 5 Certificate (13 and 36 credits), and for a Level 5 Diploma student needs 37 or more credits.