Level 4 Water
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Level 4 Diploma and HNC comparison table

Comparison with other water qualifications

  CABWI Level 4 Diploma in Water Industry Operations and Management SQA HNC in Water Operations Edexcel HNC in Construction and the Built  Environment (Civil Engineering)
Water industry specific qualification  Yes Yes In-part
Level 4 4 4
Number of credits Between 94 and 104 96 120
Number of mandatory units  4 9 8
Number of optional units 6 required No optional units available No optional units available
Optional units available 22 2 additional units available 14 additional units available
Choice of optional units to customise qualification Yes No No

Extent of possible
customisation

Including the 4 mandatory units,
the Level 4 Diploma is fully
customisable to form a bespoke
qualification pathway

Not customisable Not customisable
Specific Water Industry pathways 8 (plus 2 in development) No One generic pathway
Optimum Cohorts

Optimum cohort of 8 &
maximum of 10 to encourage
student opportunities to learn
specific Industry subjects

Cohorts up to 16 due to
the generic nature of taught
material

Cohorts of up to 16 due to
the generic nature of taught
material

Typical number of delivery days 47-52 days 42 days 44 days
Typical delivery pattern Block release, typically 2, 3 or 4 days duration Block release, typically 2, 3 or 4 days duration Block release, typically 2, 3 or 4 days duration
Typical course duration Between 18 and 24 months study depending on the number of units Between 18 and 24 months study depending on the number of units Between 18 and 24 months study depending on the number of units
Assessment Business related assignments plus unit end test Generic subject assignments and/or tests Generic subject assignments and/or tests

Fees

Fees are based on chosen
Pathway (either proscribed
or customised), the number
of Qualification Credits and
cohort size

Fees are based on cohort
size and additional units

Fees are based on cohort
size and additional units