Course upgraded to Level 6 in Ofqual’s Qualifications Framework.

A qualification offered by Gem-A has been upgraded by Ofqual so that it is now equivalent to a bachelor degree.

The Gem-A Gemmology Diploma has been repositioned and updated as a Level 6 qualification, making it one of the few gemmology courses in the UK to be equivalent to a bachelor or undergraduate degree.


Gem-A chief executive James Riley said: “This is the culmination of several years of hard work in reviewing and updating our courses, so we’re really pleased to see great strides have been made.

“We are constantly striving to increase the level of education we are able to give in regards to new theories and techniques. Our next step is to work in conjunction with a university partner to set up a full bachelor’s degree in gemmology, with full university accreditation.”

The course offered by Gem-A, which will celebrate its 60th anniversary at the end of this month, was previously regarded by Ofqual, the regulator of qualifications, examinations and assessments in England and vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland, as a Level 5 before being reviewed and upgraded to Level 6.

Other Gem-A qualifications have had a similar upgrade, such as the Diamond Diploma which has moved from Level 4 to Level 5 in Ofqual’s National Qualifications Framework, while the Gemmology Foundation course has been given Level 4 accreditation.