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Level 4 Descriptors

Level 4 – unit courses are mapped against the Ofqual Level Descriptors[1] as follows:

Level 4

Knowledge Descriptor (the holder…)

  • Has practical, theoretical or technological knowledge and understanding of a subject or field of work to address problems that are well defined but complex and non-routine.
  • Can analyse, interpret and evaluate relevant information and ideas.
  • Is aware of the nature of approximate scope of the area of study or work.
  • Has an informed awareness of different perspectives or approaches within the area of study or work.

Skills Descriptor (the holder can…)

  • Identify, adapt and use appropriate cognitive and practical skills to inform actions and address problems that are complex and non-routine while normally fairly well-defined.
  • Review the effectiveness and appropriateness of methods, actions and results.

For comparison, typical Level 4 qualifications include Higher National Certificates and Certificates of Higher Education.  Level 4 broadly equate to year one of an undergraduate programme.

For further details on qualification levels see:
Qualifications can cross boundaries (June 2017)
What qualification levels mean

[1] Ofqual 15/5774 (2015) Qualification and Component Levels: Requirements and Guidance for All Awarding Organisations and All Qualifications

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