What do the different levels (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced) mean?

The three levels used to described learning events and courses outline the steps of professional development you can pursue within a particular area of work. As you would imagine:

  • Basic level learning events and courses are designed to provide an introduction to a topic for people who are new to this area of work, or a refresher for people who have previous experience and are returning to this kind of activity after some time away.
  • Intermediate level courses and learning events are designed to provide people with a second level of detail about a topic and additional tools and understanding to further their practical skills. Intermediate courses are likely to be suitable for people working at coordinator or manager level in their roles, who are supporting or supervising colleagues in this area of work or developing their capabilities beyond the basics.
  • Advanced level courses and learning events are designed to provide higher-level understanding about a topic and the skills and tools to lead and support colleagues in this area of work. They are likely to be suitable for people aiming to specialise in a particular field, take on organisation-wide responsibility or work with senior management or boards.

Offering courses and learning events at these different levels allows individuals and organisations to build their capacity at the right stage for their development. It also means people can plan to advance their professional development intentionally by working through each level to the next.