Many qualifications are linked
to frameworks of standards. These can also be used for self
assessment and, in the case of occupational standards, by
employers, to gauge skills levels. For information about the
different frameworks and how they are used, click into the links on
the left. To see how the different frameworks relate to each other
see the table of equivalences within the Language Ladder section.
Qualifications in the UK
qualifications in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are
offered by several different awarding bodies and organisations.
They vary in size, scope and level. This means there is
considerable flexibility over how individuals can have their skills
The introduction of credit and qualification
frameworks across the UK has enabled even greater flexibility for
combining level and scope of qualifications over a period of