What are level 2 qualifications


What is a Level 2 certificate equivalent to?

Here at Commodious we offer training courses with level 1 certificates, level 2 certificates and level 3 certificates. What do these qualification levels mean? For example here are some of our online courses and their different level certificates:

 

 

The answer to what is a level 2 certificate equivalent to? Or levels 3, 4, 5 and 6 qualification is given on the government website in the article “What qualification levels mean”. For our purposes we just need to know what level 1, 2 or 3 certificate is equivalent to.

Level 2 certificate health and safety

What is a Level 1 qualification equivalent to:

  • first certificate
  • GCSE - grades 3, 2, 1 or grades D, E, F, G
  • level 1 award
  • level 1 certificate
  • level 1 diploma
  • level 1 ESOL
  • level 1 essential skills
  • level 1 functional skills
  • level 1 national vocational qualification (NVQ)
  • music grades 1, 2 and 3

 

These levels of certificate and qualifications are often achieved in Years 10 and 11 of secondary school. Although many people take these level 1 qualifications outside of any school setting.

What is a Level 2 qualification equivalent to:

  • CSE - grade 1
  • GCSE - grades 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4 or grades A*, A, B, C
  • intermediate apprenticeship
  • level 2 award
  • level 2 certificate
  • level 2 diploma
  • level 2 ESOL
  • level 2 essential skills
  • level 2 functional skills
  • level 2 national certificate
  • level 2 national diploma
  • level 2 NVQ
  • music grades 4 and 5
  • O level - grade A, B or C

Again these levels of certificate and qualifications are often achieved in Years 10 and 11 of secondary school. Although with this level far more people take level 2 qualifications outside of any school setting, for example intermediate apprenticeships.

What is a Level 3 qualification equivalent to:

 

  • A level
  • access to higher education diploma
  • advanced apprenticeship
  • applied general
  • AS level
  • international Baccalaureate diploma
  • level 3 award
  • level 3 certificate
  • level 3 diploma
  • level 3 ESOL
  • level 3 national certificate
  • level 3 national diploma
  • level 3 NVQ
  • music grades 6, 7 and 8
  • tech level

Level 3 generally shows greater knowledge in a subject. Often achieved by years 12 and 13 in a school setting, or in centres for adult further education. Many online courses can also be used to gain level 3 certificates. For example our Level 3 award in Health and Safety in the Workplace

What’s the difference between level 1, 2 and 3 courses?

A subject can have different levels associated with it. The government web site gives this as an example:

 

Most qualifications have a difficulty level. The higher the level, the more difficult the qualification is.

If you need to know the level of a qualification, you can:

 

 

 

Qualifications at the same level sometimes cover different amounts of the same subject.

Example

AS levels and A levels are both level 3, but you study AS levels over 1 year and A levels over 2 years. So you learn more about the subject at A level.”

This is the syllabus for our Level 2 award, Health and Safety in the Workplace:

  • Have an understanding of health and safety in the workplace and work environment.
  • Be able to define hazard and risk and understand principles of risk assessment.
  • Understand how to identify common workplace hazards including hazardous substances.
  • Know how to improve your organisation’s safety performance.
  • Understand the legal requirements for risk assessment and health and safety law.

And this is the syllabus for our Level 3 award, Health and Safety in the Workplace:

  • Understand how to apply health and safety in the workplace and work environment.
  • Be able to identify hazards and calculate risk. Know how to carry out a risk assessment.
  • Understand how to reduce the risk from workplace hazards and hazardous substances.
  • Know how to monitor and improve your organisation’s safety performance.
  • Know how to apply the legal requirements for risk assessment and health and safety law.

Comparing the two syllabus there is not a lot of difference, just the depth of knowledge and how to apply it. The level 2 certificate takes about 6 hours of study whereas the level 3 certificate takes 12 hours.

Hopefully this article has explained what is level 2 certificate, but there is one final thing. What is a level 2 risk assessment. If this is qualification or certificate awarded then the answer is it is just a level 2 course and award.

Risk assessments are sometimes rated so the highest risk is given the highest rating. In this case a level 2 risk assessment may be the rating for a risk assessment. Our risk assessment course would cover this in greater detail.

Further reading on this subject

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