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For Perpetuity Training courses, the following explains learner ability requirements for each level. We use the phrase ‘equivalent working level’ to mean that the learner is not achieving for example, a Master’s Degree,  but is working at the same level and meeting the same learner requirements as that of  a Masters Student.


Levels Offered

At Perpetuity Training, we offer an array of courses at different levels to suit the learner. The image of the Qualification Framework (Perpetuity, 2016) highlights the differences between Awards, Certificates and Diplomas from levels 3-7. Based on the number of hours a course requires for completion, the learner can obtain credits towards University courses . If you require any further information on this framework, please do not hesitate to contact us on

Diploma 360+ hrs

Certificate 120-360 hrs

Award 10-120 hrs

Level 3

Level 4

Level 5

Level 6

Level 7

Level 3

What is a Level 3?

Level 3 is the equivalent working level to that of the A/AS Levels in the UK.

What will I be expected to do at Level 3?

At this level, learners should be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of provided texts and to make use of simplistic examples based on outlined core theory. Learners should write in full sentences, demonstrate good literacy skills and be able to structure short-written answers in a logical manner.

Example question at Level 3:

According to the text, what are the responsibilities of the Security Manager at Perpetuity Systems?

Level 4

What is a level 4?

Level 4 is the equivalent working level to that of an Extended Diploma/Certificate(s) of Higher Education in the UK.  

What will I be expected to do at Level 4?

At this level, learners should be able to demonstrate a good understanding of a selection of texts and to use experience-based examples in order to highlight theory in practice. Learners should write in the required format (essay-style, structured report, board presentation, etc..) and should provide well-formulated conclusions to an array of problems.

Example question at Level 4:

As the Security Manager at Perpetuity Systems, you have been tasked with giving a short presentation to the board highlighting fire safety procedures. Detail the elements that you would include in the presentation.

Level 5

What is a Level 5?

Level 5 is the equivalent working level to that of a Foundation Level Degree in the UK.

What will I be expected to do at Level 5?

At level 5, learners should be able to generate new ideas through the analysis of various concepts and to formulate well-defined responses to a set of abstract problems. Learners should construct logical and evidence-based arguments, making use of extracurricular texts and demonstrate good Harvard referencing techniques. Learners should implement their own experiences in to their answers.

Example question at Level 5:

Due to a series of break-ins at Perpetuity Training, it has been decided by you and your team that there is a requirement for a new member of security staff on the factory floor. Perform a needs-analysis for the recruitment of a new officer and then design a short job advertisement for the role.

Level 6

What is a Level 6?

Level 6 is the equivalent working level to that of a Bachelor’s Degree in the UK.

What will I be expected to do at a Level 6?

At Level 6, learners should be able to generate and critically evaluate new concepts and to apply significant judgement to a range of complex research problems. Learners should demonstrate the use of a wide variety of extracurricular texts in order to build coherent and well-evidenced arguments and should demonstrate the ability to write under a series of set scenarios. The learner should demonstrate very good Harvard referencing techniques.

Example question at Level 6:

Perpetuity Systems (2016) state that they cannot be beaten in the market place when it comes to product X. Conduct a literature review of similar products to either agree or contest with this statement.

Level 7 and MSc

What is a Level 7?

Level 7 is the equivalent working level to that of a Master’s Degree in the UK with accreditation through a recognised accreditation provider such as Industry Qualifications or Pearson.  A Level 7 qualification is typically lesser credits than a full Masters but in some instances these credits can be transferred via Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) towards a full Masters.

What is an MSc?

An MSc is a Masters qualification awarded by a University.  A full Masters is typically 180 credits.

What will I be expected to do at a Level 7 or MSc?

Learners should be able to demonstrate a mastery of a specialised area of knowledge, employing the appropriate skills to conduct well-evidenced research into a variety of complex issues. Learners should demonstrate the ability to read widely (demonstrating excellent Harvard referencing techniques) and to tie arguments together to form logical and coherent conclusion(s). Learners should demonstrate the ability to practice critical thinking and self-reflection.

Example question at Level 7 or MSc:

Provide a dissertation, with a specified word count, on a topic of your choice within the Security Management sector, making use of an array of research tools and critical analysis. Your dissertation should be founded on theory and you must make use of a wide range of extracurricular readings.

Perpetuity Training work closely with some of the UK’s leading awarding bodies to ensure that learners receive the recognition they deserve when completing a course of study.  Working closely with both Pearson (Edexcel) and Industry Qualifications, Perpetuity provides learners with a recognised qualification and accompanying credits to assist with personal development and a route to higher levels of study.

Should you require any further assistance please contact us:  +44 (0) 116 277 3313