Levels Explained

Level 3

The level 3 course is a 120-credit course, which is equivalent to 2 A levels. The course is made up of 6 modules and 6/12 written assignments. This course provides entry onto the first year of undergraduate degree course, or a level 4 course.

Level 4

Level 4 is the equivalent to the first year of a bachelor’s degree programme. The level 4 course is made up of 6/10 modules and 6/10 assignments, which are equivalent to 120 university credits.

Level 5

Level 5 is the equivalent to the second year of a bachelor’s degree programme. It is also equivalent to a HND diploma. The level 5 course has 5/9/10 modules and 5/6/7 assignments, which also provide the student with 120 university credits upon completion.

Level 6

Upon completion of a level 6 course, you will be eligible for admission onto a postgraduate business programme, including an MBA course. The level 6 course is made up of 10 modules and 5 written assignments.

Level 7

The level 7 course carries 120 credits which gives entry onto the MBA top Up (one module or one module + dissertation). This can be completed by studying either online or on campus at a recognised UK or overseas university. Our level 7 is made up of 30 modules and 8 written assignments.

Entry requirements

University entry level 3 programme requirements

For entry on the Level 3 qualification learners would generally be aged 16 or above. For learners who have recently been in education or training the entry profile is likely to include one of following:

  • 5 or more GCSEs at grades C and above
  • other related level 2 subjects
  • other equivalent international qualifications

Learners must also have an appropriate standard of English to enable them to access relevant resources and complete the course modules and assignments. Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement(s) that can include relevant work experience, and/or participation in related subject activities, and achievement of any relevant qualifications.

Undergraduate level 4/5 programme requirements

Entry to a level 4 programme generally requires a full secondary education and a minimum age of 18. Entry to a level 5 programme depends on a student gaining level 4 or equivalent. Level 4 is equivalent to the first year of a degree or HNC or local equivalent. Level 5 is equivalent to the second year of a university degree. If English is not your native language, you may need to provide verification of your English language capability. There may be an IELTS or TOEFL English language requirement or equivalent. Please note specific university requirements will differ between universities. Normally, universities will accept the 240 credits offered by FastTrack at Level 4/5 for final year completion.

Graduate level 6 programme requirements

Entry onto the level 6 programme is for non-graduate mature students of at least 25 years of age with 5 years of work experience who wish to progress to a postgraduate qualification.

Postgraduate level 7 programme requirements

You will be eligible to study the level 7 courses if you are a graduate in any discipline and are aged 22 years or over. Non-graduates aged over 24 years with at least 5 years’ experience in management may also apply.