Service profile: Statement of Comparability

What is a Statement of Comparability?

The UK NARIC Statement of Comparability (SOC) is a document that can be used in support of your international qualifications. It is also known as one of our Blue Route services.

Do I need one?

If you are applying to work, study or practice in the UK then an SOC can really help support your application.  It ensures that your qualifications are understood.

It guides universities, colleges, employers and professional bodies on how your qualifications (including professional qualifications) relate to UK qualifications and certificates. The recognition given by UK NARIC helps reassure these industries of the quality associated with an award and safeguard standards.

It is not a compulsory document, but it can be specifically requested by an organisation.

Tens of thousands of individuals use UK NARIC to obtain SOCs and the requests come from across the globe.

If you require a written Statement of Comparability, you can apply here.

Why do individuals use them?

We have conducted a survey into why people are applying for an SOC.

 These are the main reasons:

• To improve chances of future employment in the UK

• For better career options

• To become a nurse

• Entry for Sixth Form College

• To make sure my degree was equivalent to UK degree, so that I don’t have to do another degree programme

• Employment in the UK

• Study and use it for proof for other jobs

• For immigration to the UK

• To study, to register and to find a job

• For Immigration & Employment in future

Where can they be used?

All sorts of organisations use UK NARIC’s assessments as part of their day-to-day work.  Universities, colleges, Blue Chip employers, immigration consultants, careers advisors and professional bodies all use the information and data we provide.  If an individual with qualifications from outside the UK is applying to any of these types of organisation then a SOC could be helpful.  It can also support applications made under the Points Based System for immigration to the UK.

More info?

For a step-by-step guide on how to apply, please click here: Part 1 – Part 2 –

For guidance on what documents to send please click here:

For a demonstration of how to make online card payments, please click here:

More information about the Statement of Comparability can be found on the UK NARIC website.

You can apply online and information about what documents you need to send is also explained in the Blue route section of the site.

Please check the Home Office website to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information.

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