What is a Level 2 Qualification?

A Level 2 qualification is a type of educational qualification that is awarded to students who have successfully completed a course of study at a certain level. In the UK, Level 2 qualifications are typically awarded to students who have completed their GCSEs or equivalent qualifications. 

Level 2's are GCSE equivalent qualifications that are recognised by employers and educational institutions as evidence of a certain level of knowledge and skills. They can be a stepping stone to further education or training, or they can help you get a job. 

What are the different types of Level 2 qualifications? 

There are many different types of Level 2 qualifications available, including: 

  • GCSEs 
  • Functional Skills 
  • NVQs 
  • BTECs 
  • City & Guilds qualifications 
  • International Baccalaureate 

Each type of qualification has its own specific requirements, so it is important to choose one that is right for you. 

What are the GCSE grade equivalents for Level 2 qualifications? 

The GCSE grade equivalents for Level 2 qualifications vary depending on the type of qualification. However, in general, a Level 2 qualification is equivalent to a GCSE grade 4 or above. 

For example, a Functional Skills Level 2 qualification in English is equivalent to a GCSE grade 4. A Level 2 NVQ in customer service is equivalent to a GCSE grade 5. 

Studying a Level 2 is the equivalent to gaining an A - level

GCSE Grades Explained 

In 2014, a 9-1 grading scheme was brought in as a replacement for the previous A-E model. This numerical system was introduced to recognise the achievements of high-attaining students more clearly as the additional levels on the grade scale allow for greater differentiation. 

What is a GCSE Grade 4? 

A GCSE Grade 4 is a standard pass grade in the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) system in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. It is equivalent to a high C or low B grade in the old GCSE grading system.  

GCSE Grade 4 is the minimum grade required to meet the government's standard for a pass in English and maths. It is also required for entry to many further education courses and apprenticeships. 

To achieve a Grade 4 at the GCSE level, students must demonstrate a good understanding of the subject content and be able to apply their knowledge and skills in a variety of contexts. They must also be able to communicate their ideas effectively in writing and in spoken language. 

GCSE Grade 4 is a valuable achievement that can open up many opportunities. It demonstrates that students have the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in further education and employment. 

How to Study a Level 2 Qualification 

Many people starting a level 2 may have not had to study since completing their GCSE subjects. Getting back into the mindset of studying a qualification could be tricky, especially if you've got other commitments in your life. 

Luckily, you can adjust to studying for a level 2 qualification by following a few simple steps. 

  • Choose the right qualification for you. There are many different Level 2 qualifications available, so it is important to choose one that is right for your interests and career goals. 
  • Set realistic goals. It is important to set realistic goals for yourself when studying for a Level 2 qualification. Break down the qualification into smaller, more manageable chunks, and set deadlines for yourself. 
  • Find a study method that works for you. Some people prefer to study by taking notes, others may prefer to write cue cards. Experiment with different study methods until you find one that works best for you. 
  • Make a study plan. Create a study plan that outlines what you need to learn and when you need to learn it. This will help you stay on track and avoid procrastination. 
  • Find a quiet place to study. Find a quiet place where you can focus on your studies without distractions. For example, your bedroom, the library, or a coffee shop could provide a quiet learning environment. 
  • Take breaks. It is important to take breaks when you are studying. Get up and move around every 20-30 minutes to avoid getting burned out. 
  • Ask for help when you need it. Don't be afraid to ask for help from your tutor if you are struggling with a particular concept. 
  • Stay motivated. It is important to stay motivated when studying for a Level 2 qualification. Remind yourself of your goals and why you are studying for the qualification. 

Studying a Level 2 Qualification

What Level 2 Qualifications are Available? 

The AIM Group has a range of fully-funded, online qualifications available for anyone aged over 19 years old who has lived in the UK for over 3 years. 

Our level 2 qualifications are nationally accredited by NCFE CACHE, which means they are recognised by employers across the United Kingdom. 

These qualifications are online-based. This means learners can study around their work/life balance. Learners will be required to log in to an online learning platform to access their study material and resources before completing a series of questions using written, comprehensive answers. There are no exam papers with this type of qualification. 

Tutor support is available to all learners throughout the duration of their studies. With feedback provided on all submitted work to ensure you have understood the topics enough to achieve a strong pass 

These qualifications cover a number of popular topics, including business, education, care, health & well-being, mental health, leadership and much more! 

Click here to see all of our available qualifications. 

Our Most Popular Level 2 Topics 



We have a number of Level 2's that are beneficial for anyone working in the education industry, this includes teachers, volunteers and any other member of staff that is working with children. 

Many qualifications can be used to learn how to support the children you may be working with. This supports them in being able to overcome any challenges they may face, helping to protect their mental and physical well-being and aiding their emotional development.  


Courses include: 

Neuroscience in the Early Years 

Children & Young People's Mental Health 

Understanding Autism 



We have level 2 opportunities for learners in both adult and childcare settings. These qualifications offer both a route into entry-level care positions and a way to upskill within a current role. 

There is a range of level 2 childcare qualifications available that equip learners with the skills to support the development of young children and adapt to their unique needs. 

There are also a number of level 2 adult care qualifications for those looking to support older individuals or those with disabilities/difficulties that require additional care and support. 


Courses include: 

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities 

Adult Social Care

End of Life Care 



There are a number of level 2 business qualifications that can be used to develop your personal and professional skills. These can be used for individuals looking to start their own business, as well as those looking to develop within their current role. 

Courses include: 

Team Leading 

Business Admin 

Customer Service 

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