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Study Levels
 
NQF level Level criteria
Example qualifications
Equivalent University qualifications
       
Level 8 Level 8 qualifications recognise leading experts or practitioners in a particular field. Learning at this level involves the development of new and creative approaches that extend or redefine existing knowledge or professional practice.
Level 8 Advanced Professional , Certificates or Awards
Doctorates
 
Level 7 Level 7 qualifications recognise highly developed and complex levels of knowledge which enable the development of in-depth and original responses to complicated and unpredictable problems and situations. Learning at this level involves the demonstration of high level specialist professional knowledge and is appropriate for senior professionals and managers.
Level 7 Advanced Professional , Certificates or Awards

Master's degree
PGDip or PGCert

Postgraduate Certificate in Education
 
Level 6 Level 6 qualifications recognise a specialist high level knowledge of an area of work or study to enable the use of an individual’s own ideas and research in response to complex problems and situations. Learning at this level involves the achievement of a high level of professional knowledge and is appropriate for people working as knowledge-based professionals or in professional management positions.
Level 6  Professional Diploma, Certificates or Awards
Bachelor's degree with Honours
 
Level 5 Level 5 qualifications recognise the ability to increase the depth of knowledge and understanding of an area of work or study to enable the formulation of solutions and responses to complex problems and situations. Learning at this level involves the demonstration of high levels of knowledge, a high level of work expertise in job roles and competence in managing and training others. Qualifications at this level are appropriate for people working as higher grade technicians, professionals or managers.

HNC/HND
Level 5 Professional Diploma
Level 5 Professional Certificate

Level 5 Professional Award
Foundation degree or first two years of an Undergraduate degree
 
 
 
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