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Explaining your Statement of Comparability

GCE Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Level

The Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Level is the first year of the Advanced Level (A Level) course, and is taken after 12 years of schooling. Four or five subjects are generally studied at AS Level, with an individual qualification being received for each subject passed.

GCE Advanced Level

The GCE Advanced (A2) Level is the second year of the Advanced Level (A Level) course, and is taken after 13 years of schooling. Three of the AS Level subjects continue to be studied in greater depth, and if there is successful completion of the course, then the marks received for the AS Level will contribute to the final A Level pass for that subject.

Bachelor (Ordinary) degree

The teaching for Ordinary degree courses consists of a less research based course, with an emphasis on taught content, and generally covering a broader base than Honours programmes. Assessment is generally via examination and coursework.

Bachelor degree

This is essentially a degree that demonstrates elements of both an Ordinary and Honours degree, but will not necessarily be directly comparable to one of these degree types. At institutional discretion, and on individual inspection of the research component of your degree, holders of a qualification deemed comparable to British Bachelor degree standard could be considered suitable for postgraduate study in the UK.

Bachelor (Honours) degree

The teaching for Honours degree courses is delivered via lectures, small-group seminars and independent research. Assessment is via examinations, coursework and the submission of a lengthy dissertation. In-class contact time is limited.


The word 'standard' appears at the end of all comparability statements to denote the level to which the qualification has been compared. It is not a reference to the grade of the qualification.

Grade Comparison

The Statement of Comparability compares the overall level of a qualification to national qualification standards in the UK. We do not provide subject-for-subject or grade comparability information for specific admission requirements. The information provided in the Statement of Comparability is designed so that employers or admitting institutions can use it in conjunction with your original qualification documents to assist them in checking overseas awards against their academic requirements.

English below GCSE

We are aware that for admission onto many courses and into certain job roles, GCSE grade C or higher must be achieved in certain subjects, including English Language. By stating that you do not have the formal equivalent to GCSE English we are not commenting on your own personal level of English proficiency but rather the level at which English Language is examined within the school system where you studied.

Qualifies the holder to teach

UK NARIC cannot confirm whether or not you are qualified to teach in the UK. The information contained in your statement will therefore only acknowledge your teaching rights in the country in which the qualification was obtained.

If you are qualified to teach outside the European Economic Area your qualification will not automatically be recognised in England. For queries concerning Teacher Induction, Employer Access, and Qualified Teacher Status please contact the Teaching Agency on 0300 7900 225 or

Translation of qualification title

UK NARIC does not base its comparisons on the title of the award alone. The common English translation of the title, used by a translator, may differ from the level of comparability attributed by UK NARIC.

BTEC qualifications

BTEC qualifications are run by Edexcel, representing a group of specialist work-related qualifications in a range of sectors. BTEC awards are taken by individuals to advance their knowledge, understanding and skills for employment, or provide career development opportunities for those already in work. These awards are normally taken for a prescribed period of part-time or full-time study in a college or university setting. For more information see the Edexcel website.

NVQ (National Vocational Qualification)

NVQs are competence based awards, involving practical work-related learning to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding that an individual needs to possess in order to carry out a specific job. They do not require a specific time-period for completion. For more information see the DirectGov website.

Comparison between two qualification levels

On occasion it is most appropriate to compare a qualification to a level between two UK qualification standards. These levels are included in the UK NARIC Band Framework, which is the basis for all qualification assessments. For more information please see Band Framework

No final certificate presented

The 'no final certificate presented' paragraph is a disclaimer added by UK NARIC to state that we have not seen a copy of the final certificate. This paragraph does not affect the outcome of your assessment and therefore it should be sufficient to present a copy of the final certificate to the admitting institution or employer on request. If, at any time, you wish to have this paragraph removed, please submit a copy of your final certificate, along with your enquiry number to UK NARIC, and an amended statement will be sent to you.

Certificate of Comparability offer

The Certificate of Comparability confers no greater authority than the Statement you have already received, nor does it contain any additional information. It is the same information, in a different format and is designed solely for framing and displaying should you wish to do so.