City & Guilds Professional qualifications (not on 16-19 performance tables)

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Schools and colleges may offer qualifications that are not included in the performance tables, if approved for teaching to 16-19 year olds, where this is in the best interests of individual students.

These qualifications are not listed on the 16 - 19 performance tables.

Education context

City & Guilds is a global leader in skills development, providing services to training providers, employers, and trainees across a variety of sectors to meet the needs of today’s workplace. City & Guilds qualifications and apprenticeships are valued by employers across the world, helping individuals develop their talents and abilities for career progression.

Awarding organisation
  • City & Guilds
Qualification codes
601/0110/6 (City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Business Administration)
601/3608/X (City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Digital Marketing)

The qualifications are unitised, each unit has a credit value based on size. 

The structure varies according to the sector requirements and size.

Rules of combination determine the minimum credit value to achieve a pass.

Subject areas
  • Business administration
  • Digital marketing
  • Level 3

Level 3 qualifications regulated to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

A levels are also Level 3 qualifications regulated to the Regulated Qualifications Framework.

Level 3 is the same level as the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Level 6.


Units are graded as Pass/Fail.

Overall qualification grade is Pass/Fail.


Assessments of these qualifications are by a combination of:  

  • externally set assignments
  • internally assessed, externally verified portfolio of evidence
  • externally set and marked online exam
Contribution of assessment components to overall grade

Qualification and units are awarded on a Pass/Fail basis. To achieve the qualification, learners must meet minimum credit values according to rules of combination. Learners achieve credit by passing unit assessments.

Resit arrangements

Learners must complete assessments during their period of registration.

Assessment is available on a 'when ready' basis.

There are no limitations on the number of times a learner can attempt the assessments.

Guided/notional learning hours notes

Maximum guided learning hours for these qualifications range from 282 to 785.

For comparison, an A level is 360 GLH. 

UCAS Tariff points

City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Business Administration

Grade Points
P 24

City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Digital Marketing

Grade Points
P 32
Timing of assessments/results for learners

Assessment for these qualifications is available flexibly. Learners may complete the qualification at any time during the year.

Qualification dates notes

These qualification, are already available. Please refer to City & Guilds' product pages for current registration and certification dates.

Reporting and certification information

The results of many UK qualifications are reported to UCAS through Awarding Body Linkage (ABL).

  • A levels and results from larger awarding bodies are reported automatically
  • IB results are only reported with the candidate’s permission
  • Some results are not reported through ABL, this does not reflect the validity of the qualification.

View the results available through ABL.

Where results are not available through ABL, HEPs will need to ask applicants to provide their own evidence of achievement.

The results of these qualifications are reported through ABL. 

Progression information

City & Guilds Level 3 Diplomas are designed to support progression to employment, higher/advanced apprenticeships, or higher education.

Progression to higher education is generally within the vocational area of the qualification and may be to a foundation degree.

Additional qualifications, such as A levels, may be needed for progression into higher education. 

Further information

For more information, visit City & Guilds web page for specifications at: