Statement of Comparability

How can we help you?

The DETC Statement of Comparability is an officially recognised document that confirms the recognition of an overseas qualification and its comparable level in the UK, irrespective of it being an academic, vocational or professional award. It is used by universities, colleges, employers and Government departments and agencies forming part of their decision-making process. A Statement of Comparability can be used to help support applications made under Tiers 1 and 2 of the Points Based System for immigration to the UK; particularly the Graduate Entrepreneur route within Tier 1.

A Statement of Comparability states, in English, what your overseas qualifications equate to in the UK.

Please note that at DETC we are unable to provide a comparability statement for the grades obtained in your qualifications. It is recommended that you present transcripts directly to potential employers/admitting institutions for consideration on an individual basis in line with specific grade requirements.

How to apply

The recommended application route for obtaining a DETC Statement of Comparability is online, through validation page. Upon emailing us your request, you can apply online by submitting your scan copies of your certificates and academic credentials contact details and uploading any required documentation and making payment. You will be able to track the progress of your application, and remain in contact with the specialists here at DETC by using the messaging function built into the portal, however please note that we will require printed copies scan only (not originals) of all documentation (detailed below) as well as a covering letter which should include your contact details and explain the purpose of your enquiry.

Comprehensive details about the application process are provided on the How to Apply section of the website, however, prior to starting your application it should be noted that we will require the following documentation in order to process your enquiry:

  • a photocopy or scanned version of your certificate(s) together with final transcript(s) in the original language
  • a covering letter or email with your contact details and clearly stating the purpose of your enquiry
  • a photocopy or scanned version of a certified translation in English if necessary or a Diploma Supplement and/or Certificate Supplement issued in English
  • payment can be made with Paypal online for the service
  • there is no need to send us a self-addressed envelope; a postage option is provided within the check-out process
  • if applying online, please include any relevant information relating to the purpose of your enquiry within the “Application Notes” field prior to submission of your application

All documentation should be sent by email attachment pdf.

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How long does it take?

The turnaround time for the Statement of Comparability is 15 working days from the date of receipt of all required documentation and payment. Please note that this timeframe does not include delivery time and cannot be guaranteed. In some cases, such as those requiring additional research, the process may take longer and the applicant will be informed.

How much does it cost?

The cost of the service is £46.00 + VAT* (£55.20) per application.

If you are applying from an address outside of the EU, you are not required to pay VAT.


*VAT is payable within the EU