31. Have you achieved any other qualifications?

Why we ask this question

Your answers help your community by allowing local and central government to develop education planning and policies. They also help them to provide new learning and skills programmes in your area.

Your information helps show different levels of academic and vocational qualifications in your area and across England and Wales. It will also help to work out how these levels affect whether people go to university or gain employment.

Your answers can also help measure social mobility and equality in England and Wales.

The census first asked this question in 1961.

Please only include qualifications that you have completed and passed, and for which you have received your results.

Select all options that apply

Make sure you select the options for all the qualifications you hold, even if you achieved them some time ago. Include all levels gained, even if you no longer use them in your current or most recent job.

If you have an apprenticeship and know what level it is, please select an equivalent option.

If you can't remember all the qualifications you've achieved, or you're unsure of the level, just answer as best you can.

Five or more GCSE passes or equivalent

GCSE stands for General Certificate of Secondary Education. GCSEs are subject specific, and usually studied in schools between the ages of 14 and 16. They are studied in the UK except in Scotland, where the equivalent qualification is the Scottish Qualifications Certificate.

Examples of GCSEs or equivalent

The qualifications can be in any combination. Include five or more from any of these:

  • GCSE, grades A* to C
  • GCSE, grades 9 to 4 (2017 onwards in England)
  • O level, grades A to C
  • CSE, grade 1

These qualifications count as five GCSEs:

  • Intermediate or National Welsh Baccalaureate
  • Intermediate apprenticeship (level 2)

"Any other GCSEs" includes:

  • Foundation Welsh Baccalaureate
  • Basic Skills course
What is a Basic Skills course?

These are also known as Key Skills, Functional Skills or Essential Skills. You would receive a certificate to show you have passed the course. Courses include:

  • literacy
  • numeracy
  • skills for life
  • employability skills
  • languages
  • English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) – entry level

AS, A level or equivalent

A levels are advanced level qualifications, usually completed at the age of 18.

AS level means advanced subsidiary, and is usually completed at the age of 17. Students take AS exams in the first year of a two-year A level course. Two AS levels will count as one A level pass. Passes at A level can be grade A*, A, B, C, D or E.

Tick the boxes that apply to you, depending on how many AS or A levels you achieved, or their equivalent. You don't need to worry about the grade.

If you've achieved an Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate, or International Baccalaureate, tick the option starting "2 or more A levels".

If you're not sure, you can check the list of equivalent qualifications from GOV.UK (look for Level 3).

NVQ or equivalent

NVQs (National Vocational Qualifications) are competency and skills-based qualifications that can be achieved in school, college or at work.

If you have achieved similar qualifications, select the options you think are the closest match. Examples of similar qualifications are Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) and other vocational qualifications outside of the UK.

For each NVQ or equivalent you have, tick the box that applies. You don't need to worry about the grade.

If you're not sure, you can check this list of equivalent qualifications from GOV.UK.

Other or no qualifications

Only tick the box marked "No qualifications" if you know that you don't have any formal or recognised qualifications.

If you have any doubts, please refer to this list of equivalents from GOV.UK.

Do not tick the "No qualifications" box if you have any formally recognised qualification - from inside or outside the UK.

Please tick the box marked "Any other qualifications, equivalent unknown" if you:

  • have qualifications that don't fall into one of the categories, or
  • can't remember their name or the level you achieved

UK and worldwide qualifications

Include all UK and non-UK qualifications.

If you have achieved an International Baccalaureate, tick the option starting "2 or more A levels".

If yours aren't listed, or you're not sure what the UK equivalent is, select the option you think is the closest match.

Please do not send proof

You don't need to send any certificates for your qualifications.

Important information:

Answering for someone else

If you’re answering on behalf of someone else, where possible you should ask them how they would answer. If they’re away, answer as best you can.