What Do The Academic Levels Mean?

Level 5:

This is “Diploma” level. This is suitable for those students who are studying towards a Diploma or need the required number of level 5 credits so they can move onto Degree level study (120 level 5 credits are required to access degree level study).

Level 6:

This is “Degree” level. This is suitable for students who are studying towards a degree, or need the required number of level 6 credits so they can move onto Masters level study. Having a degree or 120 level 6 credits are normally required to access Masters level study. Although showing evidence of level 6 academic ability may be shown by less than 120 credits, but this is at the programme leaders discretion.

Level 7:

This is “Master’s Degree” level. This is suitable for those students with a first degree or can show evidence of strong academic ability at degree level (this is at the programme leader’s discretion).

Advanced Diploma in Nursing (ADNS):

Many nurses will have studied their pre-registration nursing programme at ADNS. This means that their final assessments (60 credits) were graded at level 6 (degree). Some nurses took advantage of “topping up” their ADNS to a full degree – which must have been completed within 2 years of registration. However, some nurses did not “top-up” but still obtained the 60 level 6 credits.
In this instance, although “top-up” is no longer an option, they may consider using these credits to step onto a Master’s degree or to study CPD modules at Level 7 (Masters).