The Qualifications Regulator in 2010 allocated new levels to NVQ qualifications on the QCF, which recognises these qualifications more precisely and compares them directly to qualifications offered by universities. The framework has eight qualification levels (above Entry Level), compared with the 5 levels used for NVQs until now.
- Levels 1, 2 and 3 stay the same.
- Level 4 is split into three levels: Levels 4, 5 and 6.
- Level 5 was split into two levels: Levels 7 and 8.
The new qualifications titles are:
- Signature Level 6 NVQ Certificate in BSL
- Signature Level 6 NVQ Certificate in ISL
- Signature Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Sign Language Interpreting
Learners who achieve Signature Level 3 NVQ Certificate in BSL/ISL can progress directly to the next level as they have always done. The next step is Level 6 NVQ Certificate in BSL/ISL. It is the same as the step from A-Levels to Degree.
Signature Level 6 NVQ Certificate in BSL has been accredited to the QCF (Qualification Reference 500/9581/X).