Information for Employers

When you employ an ABE graduate you can be confident you are employing someone with a qualification of the highest standard and the skills to make a real difference in the workplace.

About ABE qualifications

ABE is a British Ofqual-recognised awarding organisation that has been operating internationally for more than 40 years. Ofqual is the UK government’s official qualifications regulatory authority. Organisations have to meet exacting standards in order to be Ofqual recognised and its logo on a qualification certificate is in effect a mark of quality.

Ofqual assesses qualifications by ‘Levels’ and they are titled accordingly. This is the table of equivalencies to Ofqual Levels

QCF Level Other qualifications at the same level
Level 3 UK Foundation Degree, UK 'A' level, BTEC National Cert
Level 4 BTEC Professional Diploma, first year of 3 year Bachelors degree course
Level 5 HND, Higher Diploma, second year of 3 year Bachelors degree course
Level 6 Bachelors Degree, Graduate Diploma
Level 7 Masters Degree, Postgraduate Diploma

Information in this table can be verified on the UK government website here.


In addition to your candidate’s qualification certificate, they will also hold a credit certificate which details the unit subjects they have passed and the number of credits that unit is worth. Unit credits are set by Ofqual and are used by universities and higher education authorities to assess learners’ suitability for advanced entry onto degree or postgraduate programmes.

We hope that your organisation will benefit from the skills and knowledge that studying ABE develops. If you require any verification or have any questions about our qualifications please do not hesitate to contact us at

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ABE Learners

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