Educational attainment Circumstance collection

Level 1 and above Circumstance

Achieved level 1 and above of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). People are counted as being qualified to level 1 and above if they have achieved at least either 5 GCSEs grades D-G (or equivalent, i.e., O levels, CSE Grade 1s), two A/S levels, or any equivalent or higher qualification in the Qualifications and Credit Framework

Level 2 and above Circumstance

Achieved level 2 and above of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). People are counted as being qualified to level 2 and above if they have achieved at least either 5 GCSEs grades A*-C (or equivalent, i.e., O levels, CSE Grade 1s), two A/S levels, or any equivalent or higher qualification in the Qualifications and Credit Framework

Level 3 and above Circumstance

Achieved level 3 and above of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). People are counted as being qualified to level 3 or above if they have achieved either at least 2 A-levels grades A-E, 4 A/S levels graded A-E, or any equivalent (or higher) qualification in the Qualifications and Credit Framework.

Level 4 and above Circumstance

Achieved level 4 and above of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). This covers people holding qualifications equivalent to National Qualifications Framework (NQF) levels 4-8. Level 4-6 qualifications include foundation or first degrees, recognised degree-level professional qualifications, teaching or nursing qualifications, diploma in higher education, HNC/HND or equivalent vocational qualification. Qualifications at level 7-8 include higher degrees, and postgraduate level professional qualifications.

Other/unknown Circumstance

Other educational attainments not covered by Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).