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