Different qualifications are grouped together into various levels. This can help you see how qualifications compare and how one type can lead on to another.
If you're interested in gaining a childcare qualification, choosing from the huge range available can seem daunting. Though don't panic as there's lots of help and advice to help you pick a qualification that's right for you.
Entry Level Qualifications
Are for beginners and provides the basics. If you donít have any prior experience, and you don't feel confident about your abilities, then this level could be a good place to start. You will gain the basics required in working with children, however at this level you will not have the ability to work in a specific job role. Entry levels will provide a step towards further education and training.
Level 1 Qualifications
Introductory qualifications that are ideal for those new to the industry. They cover basic tasks and knowledge. At this level you will gain relevant knowledge and skills to complete routine tasks under supervision.
Level 2 Qualifications
Are slightly more advanced and need learners to have some knowledge of the subject area. This level will provide you with a good knowledge and understanding and the ability to perform various tasks with some direction and guidance in various settings under supervision.
Level 3 Qualifications
Cover more complex tasks and begin to develop learners' supervisory skills. Qualifications are designed to provide you with the knowledge required to be able to complete tasks and deal with fairly complex problems. This is an appropriate level for people who want to go to university, work independently in various settings, or supervise and train others.
Level 4 Qualifications
Require learners to have specialist or technical expertise. Qualifications will provide you with the ability to identify and use relevant methods and skills in complex and non-routine situations. This level is for those working in management and other professional roles.
Level 5 Qualifications
Require learners to have a grasp of the most complex principles. They're designed for those who are expected to manage people and resources.
Level 6 Qualifications
Are aimed at senior managers.
Level 7 Qualifications
For those seeking continuous professional development.