Courses are very different to qualifications and are not externally checked, correctly levelled, approved or validated.
In essence, anyone can produce a course at a level of their choosing, without the content being checked for quality, correct information, consistency or correct levelling.
Some organisations use a QEL or QLS system, whereby an Awarding Organisation carries out some checks to ascertain appropriateness of the course.
However, this is voluntary and not mandatory.
Whilst a course may be promoted as being accredited by an Ofqual approved Awarding Organisation (and have an Awarding Organisation’s logo), please note unless it appears on the Ofqual register, it is not a qualification, it is an accredited course.
Courses are valuable for knowledge, and can be a great addition to CPD, personal interest, or to learn a small amount about a subject that is covered in depth in a qualification.
However, they are not the same as qualifications.