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Date Created: 28th July 2011

Date Reviewed: 9th July 2012


Q. What is the difference between Diploma and Extended Diploma Level 7 Qualifications?

Level 7 is equivalent to Postgraduate Level

Level 7 Extended Diplomas are qualifications comprising of 6-8 units, requiring approximately 900+ hours of learning – successful learners can receive up to 120 credits towards UK Masters degrees.

By contrast, shorter Level 7 Diplomas comprise 3-5 units, requiring approximately 370-900 hours of learning.

Learners who are unable to complete an Extended Diploma (e.g. due to changes in personal circumstances) may be eligible to receive the shorter Level 7 Diploma. At a later date, should holders of the shorter Level 7 Diploma decide to pursue the Extended Diploma, it will be necessary to re-register with ABP, although, based on the units completed previously, learners may receive ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ towards the Extended Postgraduate Diploma.

For centres

Centres are advised that if they choose to register their students on the shorter Level 7 Diplomas this will not maximise the Masters credit that may be available. Centres are encouraged to view these shorter or non-Extended Dips as only a fall-back if their students do not complete the extended version for some reason.

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