I am looking to start studying Learning Development but i'm unsure which level I should go for. I haven't studied in over 10 years and I don't have a degree or anything.I currently work (2 years) delivering a quality framework course where I deliver information to people about access to certain services. I do have to work within the framework and provide attendees content relevant to the course. I also follow evaluation processes from conducting the evaluations for the courses and providing the stats for the evaluation for the year end reports. In my previous role ( 3 years) I delivered training on basic access to technology where I would help people gain skills so they could learn how to use technology in either 1 to 1 settings or groups settings. I again was conducting the evaluation processes and providing stats and reports for funders and year end reports.
My question is where should I start for gaining a recognised qualification in Learning and Development? I would like to maybe eventually be in the management side of things or consulting side and as mush as I might have nearly 5 years of delivering training content I just am not sure if I should go for the Level 5 straight away to gain on my experience or start at level 3 to solidify it all and then go to level 5. Finance is a factor as I need to balance family matters but I don't what to shoot myself in the foot by jumping to level 5 and not being capable of passing the course if it might be beyond my experience .
I know you can't give me all the answers I need but if you can let me know your experience and what your opinion would be based on my experience that would be helpful.