Types of degrees in the UK (2023)


  1. What’s the difference between undergraduate and postgraduate?

  2. Undergraduate degrees

  3. Postgraduate degrees

  4. Other qualifications and degree courses

What’s the difference between undergraduate and postgraduate?

While both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are higher education qualifications, only undergraduate degrees are available to students once they finish school. Undergraduate degrees are either level 4, 5 or 6 qualifications, with postgraduate degrees sitting at level 7 or 8. In Scotland, awards are at level 9 or 10 for an undergraduate degree, and level 11 and 12 for master's and doctorates. You’re typically only eligible for a postgraduate degree once you’ve completed an undergraduate degree.

Studying an undergraduate degree usually involves broadly covering different areas of a subject, whereas postgraduate degrees are about specialising within a particular area of that subject. Postgraduate degrees are also more self-driven and research-intensive, with fewer lectures, tutorials and labs in most cases. Unless you’re doing a PhD, postgraduate courses generally take less time to complete.

Undergraduate degrees

What is an undergraduate degree?

An undergraduate degree is typically the next level of academic qualification that follows high school. They’re usually a student’s first degree, studied at university or another higher education provider. Students either move into employment or further study once they’ve completed an undergraduate degree.

There are different undergraduate courses you can study:

Bachelor’s degree

A bachelor’s degree involves studying one, or sometimes two, subjects in detail. It’s the most common undergraduate degree in the UK and is a level 6 qualification (level 9 or 10 in Scotland). Typical classifications include:

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc)
  • Bachelor of Education (BEd)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (BEng)
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB)

If you study in Scotland you may sometimes be awarded an MA for your undergraduate degree; however the qualification is equivalent to a bachelor’s degree.

Choosing a course in one subject is known as a single honours degree. You may also be able to study a minor subject alongside the major subject for a portion of your degree, also known as amajor/minor honours degree. The degree title names the major subject with the minor subject afterwards, for example Psychology with Criminology or Law with International Relations.

Studying two or three major subjects as part of a bachelor’s degree is called a combined or joint honours degree. You’ll pick several modules per subject, rather than doing every module for each subject. Each subject you take will hold equal weight towards your final degree grade. Examples of joint honours degrees include Law and Spanish or Accounting and Business.

How long it takes to study

It’ll typically take three years if you’re studying full-time. Some courses, such as those with a year abroad or with a placement year, can take four years. Medicine or Architecture can take up to five years. Your degree will take longer if you study part-time.

Intercalated or integrated degrees

Some courses may give the option to take a break in the main undergraduate programme to study a separate qualification – an intercalated degree. This may be an option if you are studying medicine or dentistry. It means you could finish your studies having graduated with two degrees.

An integrated master’s course incorporates a master’s-level qualification into an undergraduate programme. Courses are usually four years long, with the final year of study at postgraduate level.

Entry qualifications required

Most universities and higher education institutions will ask for A Levels or equivalent (such as BTECs, International Baccalaureate or Scottish Highers), along with minimum GCSE grades. Grades needed will vary depending on the course and uni.


UK students that choose to study in the UK will pay no more than £9,250 per year. International students pay between £10,000 and £20,000 per year.

You can find specific details on entry requirements, fees and assessments for any bachelor’s degree by using our course search.

Foundation year/foundation diploma

A foundation diploma, or a foundation year, is an introductory course designed to bridge the gap between finishing school and starting a bachelor’s degree. This one-year qualification is for students who don’tmeet the entry requirements for a bachelor’s degree and is offered by most universities or further education (FE) colleges.

How long it takes to study

A foundation diploma or a foundation year will only take one year studying full-time.

Entry qualifications required

Entry requirements are much lower than a bachelor’s degree. Many courses will also accept non-traditional qualifications. Specific qualifications will vary by course and institution.


Expect to pay the same price per year as a bachelor’s degree. This will be up to £9,250 for UK students, and more for international students.


Foundation degree

A foundation degree (FdA), different from a foundation year or a foundation diploma, is a level 5 qualification that has an emphasis on practical-based learning. They’re equivalent to the first two years of a bachelor’s degree and usually involve a mix of academic study and workplace experience. Students either go straight into work after a foundation degree or move into the final year of a bachelor’s.

How long it takes to study

Two years if you’re studying full-time. Part-time will be three to four years.

Entry qualifications required

Entry requirements vary by course and institution. Some will require certain GCSEs and A Levels (or equivalent), while others prioritise workplace learning.


Foundation degrees coston average £2,600 per year, but this varies by course and institution. Your employer may help cover the cost of fees if you’re already employed.

Find the specific entry requirements, fees and assessment details for any foundation degree through our course search.

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Top-up degree

A top-up degree is for students looking to complete the final year of a bachelor’s degree. Students who’ve done a level 5 qualification, such as a foundation degree, choose this path to upgrade their qualification to a full degree.

How long it takes to study

You’ll complete a top-up degree in one year if studying full-time. Part-time students usually take 18 months.

Entry qualifications required

You’ll need to have finished a two-year qualification, which could be a foundation degree, a Higher National Diploma or a level 5 Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) course. Most universities will want this qualification to be in the same subject as the top-up degree.


A top-up degree will cost about the same as one year of a bachelor’s degree. This will be no more than £9,250 for UK students but international students will pay more.

Use our course search to find the specific entry requirements, fees and assessment details for any top-up degree.

Higher National Certificate

A Higher National Certificate (HNC) is a one-year undergraduate equivalent to the first year of university. It’s a level 4 practical-based qualification taken by those wanting to either train for a specific career or move into the second year of a bachelor’s degree.

How long it takes to study

HNCs take one year to complete when studying full-time, and two years if studying part-time.

Entry qualifications required

The entry requirements tend to be lower than a bachelor’s degree. You’ll need one or two A Levels, or equivalent qualification.


An HNC course will cost between £4,000 and £8,000 a year for UK students, depending on where and what you study. Fees can be more expensive for international students.

You can use our course search to find the specific fees, along with entry requirements and assessment details, for any HNC course.

Higher National Diploma

A Higher National Diploma (HND) is similar to an HNC, but it’s a two-year level 5 qualification equivalent to the first two years of a bachelor’s degree. This vocational qualification is designed for those wishing to learn skills in a practical area or to enter the third year of a bachelor’s degree upon completion.

How long it takes to study

HNDs take two years for full-time students, and anywhere between three and four years for part-time students.

Entry qualifications required

Like an HNC, entry requirements are often lower than a bachelor’s degree. Most courses will want you to have at least one or two A Levels, or an equivalent qualification.


Each year will cost between £4,000 to £8,000 if you’re a UK student. Fees in Scotland can be as low as £1,285. International students are charged more than domestic students.

Our course search will take you to the course pages, where you can find specific details on fees, as well as required qualifications and how you’ll be assessed during the course.

Certificate of Higher Education

This level 4 vocational qualification is ideal for those unable to commit to a full three-year degree. It’s equivalent to both an HNC and the first year of a bachelor’s degree, often used by students to progress into further study. A Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) tends to be more academic- than practical-based.

How long it takes to study

Studying full-time will take one year, with part-time taking two. Some universities offer the option to fast-track your studies, meaning it may only take you six months. You’ll need to check this first with the university you’re applying to.

Entry qualifications required

Although some courses will require A Levels or equivalent, others have no prerequisite entry requirements. You may need at least a C in GCSE English, and some subjects such as Design or Photography will want a portfolio of your work.


A CertHE should cost the same as one year of a bachelor’s degree. This will be up to £9,250 for UK students and more for international students.

Visit our course search to find specific course fees, along with the qualifications you’ll need and the assessment details for each course.

Diploma of Higher Education

A Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) is a level 5 qualification holding the same weight as an HND or two years of a bachelor’s degree. The focus will be on academic study and completing a DipHE will allow you to move onto the final year of a bachelor’s degree.

How long it takes to study

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Studying a DipHE full-time will take two years. Part-time study will take longer.

Entry qualifications required

These are the same as for a CertHE. Remember that they can vary based on what you study and where.


Each year will cost up to £9,250 for UK students and more for international students – the same as a bachelor’s degree.

For full details on course entry requirements, fees and assessments, use our course search and find the specific page of the course you’re interested in.

Certificate of Continuing Education (CertCE)

A CertHE qualification is for those after a taste of higher education. It equates to 60 undergraduate degree credits, so about half a year of study, and can lead into a full undergraduate degree. It takes between eight months and a year to complete and will cost less than a full year of a bachelor’s degree.

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Postgraduate degrees

What is a postgraduate degree?

A postgraduate degree is the next level of study after an undergraduate degree. It can be a level 7 or level 8 qualification, where you’ll begin to specialise in a specific area of the subject you studied as an undergraduate student.

Postgraduate degrees are either ‘taught’ or ‘research’. Taught degrees often involve lectures, tutorials and labs like an undergraduate degree. Academic tutors mostly lead this teaching and types of taught postgraduate degrees include master’s degrees, postgraduate certificates and diplomas.

Research degrees are for those looking for more independent study. Guided by an academic tutor or professor, you’ll conduct your own academic research based on an original research question you’ve come up with. Types of research degrees include doctorates and some master’s courses.

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Master’s degree

A master’s degree is the most widely studied degree at postgraduate level. It’s a level 7 qualification that you can take upon completing a bachelor’s degree or equivalent. Common master’s degrees include:

  • Master of Arts (MA)
  • Master of Science (MSc)
  • Master of Education (MEd)
  • Master of Research (MRes)
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master's Degree in Law (LLM)

Taught master’s degrees are most common, but some universities also offer research master’s. A research master’s is more self-driven and independent, focused on completing a research project.

Master’s degrees can also be integrated into an undergraduate or doctoral degree, as part of a single programme of study, such as Master of Engineering (MEng).

Those wishing to study a doctorate (PhD) must first complete a master’s.

How long it takes to study

A master’s degree will usually take one year if studying full-time, but two years if doing part-time. Some undergraduate courses have a master’s degree included. These degrees take four years if studying full-time.

Entry qualifications required

Most master’s degrees will ask for at least a 2:2 bachelor’s degree in a related subject. Some courses will want a 2:1 or higher. International students will need to have the academic equivalent, which will be listed on the course page of the university’s website.


Costs will vary based on what you choose to study and where. One year of a master’s degree could be anywhere between £4,000 and £30,000 for UK students, with the average price being around £8,000 to £11,000 per year. Prices are much higher for international students.

Full details on specific fees, qualifications needed and how you’ll be assessed for any master’s degree can be found using our course search.

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Master of Business Administration

A Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a level 7 postgraduate qualification ideal for those looking to advance their knowledge of business. You’ll choose from several optional modules, alongside a dissertation or work-based project. Many courses also offer the chance to study abroad or get workplace experience.

How long it takes to study

Most MBA courses will take between 12 and 15 months if studying full-time. Accelerated or online courses may take even less time. Studying an Executive MBApart-time can take up to two years, which is a common option as many students prefer to work while they study.

Entry qualifications required

A 2:1 bachelor’s degree in any subject is a prerequisite for most MBA courses. You may also need two or three years of work experience in a business role. If you have significant work experience, but don’t have a 2:1, you may still be considered. Most MBA courses will ask you to sit the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) as part of your application.


MBAs typically fall within the range of £15,000 to £40,000. International students may be charged more depending on the course.

To find out exact fees, qualifications needed and assessment details for any MBA course, head over to our course search and start exploring.

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Master’s Degree in Law

A Master’s Degree in Law (LLM) is a level 7 postgraduate qualification for students wanting to study a particular area of Law, such as criminal litigation or environmental law. These courses are generally taught as opposed to research-based courses, meaning you’ll select the modules that interest you and have a dissertation or research project to complete.

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How long it takes to study

Studying full-time should take you one year to complete, but some courses can be slightly longer. Doing part-time or taking an online course can take up to two years.

Entry qualifications required

You’ll need a Law degree, whether that’s an LLB or a postgraduate Law conversion course. Most LLM courses will ask for a 2:1 bachelor’s degree, but some may accept a 2:2 with relevant work experience.


LLM courses will fall within the range of £10,000 to £20,000, depending on where you choose to study. Prices will be higher for international students.

Full details on specific course fees, qualifications needed and how you’ll be assessed for any LLM course can be found using our course search.


A doctorate is the top postgraduate-level qualification you can earn. This level 8 qualification consists of both research and academic learning but is predominantly research focused. You’ll spend the entire course working on an independent thesis, based on an original research proposal agreed with your supervisor.

There are two common types of doctorate degrees. The first of these are academic doctorate degrees which focus on conducting original research to expand knowledge within a particular subject area. These include PhD and DPhil (Doctor of Philosophy).

There are also professional doctorate degrees, which involve research and broadening knowledge but incorporate more practical learning. These include MD (Doctor of Medicine), DClinPsy (Doctor of Clinical Psychology) and PhD(Eng)/EngD (Doctor of Engineering).

How long it takes to study

Full-time students usually finish their PhD in three to four years. Those studying part-time can take up to six or seven years to complete their PhD.

Entry qualifications required

A 2:1 bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject is essential. Most PhDs will also want you to have completed your master’s. You may be asked for evidence of research work and your knowledge of research procedures. You may need to submit a detailed research proposal of what you’d like to study for your thesis.


Doctorate fees sit between £3,000 and £6,000 per year for UK and EU students, and more for non-EU students. Each year UK universities receive £4,237 for each funded PhD student from the UK Research Councils, which is why most PhD students are part or fully funded. Many grants, bursaries and scholarships are also available

Key information on specific fees and entry qualifications required for any PhD course can be found by using our course search and finding the relevant course page.

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Postgraduate Certificate/Postgraduate Diploma

A Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) is a level 7 qualification for those looking to bolster their future career prospects without committing to a master’s degree. They’re studied at the master’s level but are shorter and don't require a dissertation or research project. A PGCert is worth 60 credits towards a master’s degree. You need 180 credits to graduate with a master’s.

A Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) is like a PGCert but twice as long. This level 7 qualification is worth 120 credits towards a master’s and is an ideal stepping-stone towards future career prospects or even a master’s degree.

Both qualifications are usually offered within a master’s degree. A PGCert is seen as equivalent to one-third of a master’s degree, with a PGDip being equivalent to two-thirds. Some master’s programmes will let you upgrade your PGDip into a master’s by completing a dissertation or research project.

How long it takes to study

PGCerts will usually take 1 term to complete, which is about 15 weeks. PGDips are twice as long, so can take up to 2 terms or 30 weeks.

Entry qualifications required

A 2:1 bachelor’s degree will be required for most PGCerts and PGDips. Some may only ask for a 2:2 in a relevant subject. Entry requirements tend to be like the course's master’s equivalent.


Expect to pay less than the course’s master’s equivalent. PGCerts are around £3,000, with PGDips sitting around £5,000. This is for UK and EU students. International students will have to pay more.

Postgraduate Certificate in Education/Postgraduate Diploma in Education

A Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is a level 7 qualification for students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland interested in teaching. A PGCE course allows you to earn Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and therefore teach around the world. There will be a mix of academic learning and practical experience through placements.

A Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) is the equivalent teaching qualification for students in Scotland.

How long it takes to study

Courses will take one year if you choose to study full-time, or up to two years if doing part-time.

Entry qualifications required

At least a 2:2 bachelor’s degree or equivalent will be required for most courses. You’ll also need a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English, Maths and sometimes a science-related subject. Some courses will want you to have particular work experience, and you may have to fill out a Medical Fitness questionnaire and pass a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check if in England or Wales.


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All UK and EU students can expect to pay the standard tuition fee of £9,250 per year. International students will pay more.

Specific details on course fees, qualifications needed, and assessments can be found using our course search and locating the course page.See also our pages on undergraduate teacher training and postgraduate teacher training.

Conversion courses

A conversion course is ideal for any student wanting to change careers. They’re a postgraduate qualification allowing you to study a subject that you didn’t study as part of your undergraduate degree. Most are taught degrees and are condensed versions of an undergraduate degree. Students also take conversion courses to go into further study at the master’s level.

How long it takes to study

Most courses will take one year to complete if studying full-time. An online conversion course can take even less time, while part-time study can take longer.

Entry qualifications required

A 2:1 bachelor’s degree in any subject will be sufficient for most conversion courses. Having a 2:2, coupled with relevant work experience, could also be enough.


Fees will differ based on what course you choose. You should expect to pay around the same price as one year of a bachelor’s degree, which is £9,250 per year.

Any specific details on course fees, entry qualifications required or how you'll be assessed for any conversion course can be found using our course search.

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Other qualifications and degree courses

National Vocational Qualification

A National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) is a practical-based qualification allowing students to prepare for the workplace. They focus on the practical skills needed for those currently in part-time or full-time work and you must be already employed to enrol.

NVQs are awarded up to 6 levels. Studying at level 4 and 5 is equivalent to one-third and two-thirds of a bachelor’s degree respectively, with level 6 being equivalent to a full bachelor’s degree.

The time it takes to complete an NVQ varies, as you complete the modules when you’re ready. You’re assessed through portfolio work or being observed while at work.

Access to Higher Education Diploma

Taught at further education (FE) colleges, this level 3 qualification is for those students, aged 19 or over, who left school without any traditional qualifications but wish to enrol in university. It prepares students for degree-level study, with universities seeing this qualification as equivalent to A Levels, BTECs, International Baccalaureate and Advanced Highers.

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Degree apprenticeship

Degree apprenticeships allow you to study towards a bachelor’s or master’s degree part-time while also working. They can take between three and six years to complete and are offered by universities in partnership with companies and professional bodies. You won’t be required to fund your degree apprenticeship, as both your employer and the government will do so.

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Accelerated degree

An accelerated degree allows you to complete your bachelor’s degree in a shorter period. This will mean completing a three-year degree in two years, or a four-year degree in three. You’ll be taught the same content as you would in a normal bachelor’s degree, but you’ll have less holiday.

The fees can be more expensive than a bachelor’s degree, but remember, you’ll be saving on an extra year of accommodation and day-to-day living.

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Degree with placement year

Referred to as a ‘sandwich year’, this qualification is typically a four-year degree with the third year spent either studying abroad or working in a placement. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable experience learning in a new country or working in the sector you wish to be employed in.

The fees per year, and the qualifications needed to gain entry onto a degree with a placement year, will be the same as the bachelor’s equivalent.

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What are the 4 types of degrees in UK? ›

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Bachelor of Science (BSc) Bachelor of Education (BEd) Bachelor of Engineering (BEng)

What are the degree classifications in UK? ›

UK degree classifications are as follows:
  • First-Class Honours (First or 1st) (70% and above)
  • Upper Second-Class Honours (2:1, 2.i) (60-70%)
  • Lower Second-Class Honours (2:2, 2.ii) (50-60%)
  • Third-Class Honours (Third or 3rd) (40-50%)

What are the 4 types of degrees? ›

There are generally four categories of college degrees: associate degree, bachelor's degree, graduate degree, and doctorate or professional degree.

How many degrees are there in the UK? ›

But, there are actually six types of undergraduate degrees that you can earn in the UK.

Are UK and US degrees the same? ›

The UK almost exclusively has shorter courses than their American counterparts, and this goes for all levels of higher education. A bachelor's degree in the UK is normally 3 years, to the American 4 years. Taking a master's in the UK will typically take just 1 year, while in the U.S it is 2 years.

What are degrees called in England? ›

The different undergraduate courses in UK are Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS), Bachelor of Engineering (BE), Bachelor of Law (LLB), Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and Bachelor of Education (BEd).

How do you identify a degree in the UK? ›

Your degree will be officially recognised if:
  1. the higher education institute can award degrees - you can check on the Office for Students ( OfS ) Register.
  2. it's on the list of recognised awards.
  3. it's awarded by the Royal College of Nursing.
  4. it's awarded by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

What is the most common degree classification UK? ›

Understanding the Undergraduate Grading System in the UK
ClassificationMarkOU Mark
First class (1st)70% +85% + (OU)
Upper second class (2:1)60-69%70-85 + (OU)
Lower second class (2:2)50-59%55-70% (OU)
Third class (3rd)40-49%40-55% (OU)
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How do I determine my degree classification UK? ›

To calculate your average grade, use the following formula: [CREDITS OF THE UNIT]/90 x [UNIT GRADE], and add them all together. For example, if you got the grades 68, 72 and 79 in three 30 credit units in final year, you would calculate the average grade as follows: (30/90 x 68) + (30/90 x 72) + (30/90 x 79) = 73.

What are the 5 levels of education? ›

Early childhood education is followed by primary school (called elementary school in the United States), middle school, secondary school (called high school in the United States), and then postsecondary (tertiary) education.

What are the three most popular degrees? ›

Business tops the list of the most popular college majors for high school students who will be graduating in 2022 and 2023.
For the graduating class of 2022, the five highest interest majors were:
  • Business (6.93% of responding students)
  • Nursing (5.57%)
  • Psychology (5.52%)
  • Biology (5.34%)
  • Medicine/Pre-Medicine (4.00%)
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What is a 2 year degree called? ›

Different types of associate degrees, such as an Associate of Science (AS) or Associate of Arts (AA), are 60 credits and can be completed in 2 years or less, and are a great first step toward earning an entry-level job or promotion.

Do us recognize UK degrees? ›

No. If your degree was awarded by a UK university and it is not listed on our Accredited Course Database it is not recognised under the Washington or Sydney Accord.

Is university harder in the UK or US? ›

The exams are quite similar

The only slight difference is that the UK is more lecture-based and there's a big focus on seminars and workshops. However, you'll still do assignments in both countries. Final grades are usually determined by the performance of your assignments.

Is British education harder than American? ›

Pace. In the case of the British curriculum, it can be found that in primary/secondary school, the level of learning in the U.K. school system was considerably higher. The students have in-depth knowledge of each topic taught in each stage.

What is the UK equivalent of a US bachelor's degree? ›

a Level 7 NVQ is equivalent to a Masters degree. a Level 6 NVQ is the same as a Bachelors degree.

What is high school degree called in UK? ›

United Kingdom

In England and Wales, the high school diploma is considered to be at the level of the General Certificate of Education (GCE), which is awarded at Year 13.

What is a master's degree called in the UK? ›

What is a Masters degree? A postgraduate or masters course in the UK follows the successful completion of an undergraduate degree, generally lasting for just one year compared to two-year Masters programmes found elsewhere in the world.

What is a first the degree called in the UK? ›

First-Class Honours (70% and above): a first class degree, usually referred to as a 'first' or 1st, is the highest honours degree you can achieve. Upper Second-Class Honours (60-70%): there are two levels of second class degree. An upper second class, known as a 2:1 or two-one, is the higher of the two levels.

What is a degree in education UK? ›

Bachelor of Education (BEd) degrees are a popular route for prospective primary school teachers, but some universities do offer secondary-level BEd programmes for some specialisms. Alternatively, you could study for a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc) education degree.

What is first degree in UK? ›

Bachelor's degree

A first degree, leading to a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BSc) or equivalent, is gained after three or more years studying at university or a similar institution. Degrees usually begin at the age of 17 or 18, after a student has finished school.

Are US degrees better than UK? ›

The fees that UK University charge is comparatively lower than US University. Most of the American Schools charge £20,000 a year for a degree course. You never know, if coming to UK, will get you another degree at much cheaper cost.
Length and Types.
Ph.D.: 5-7 YearsPhD: 3 Years
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  • Astrophysics.

What is the difference between honours degree and normal degree UK? ›

What's the difference between an Honours degree and a non-Honours degree? For the UK the inclusion of the 'Honours' element of a degree usually means that the student concerned attended a 3-year bachelor's degree course including completion of an acceptable dissertation (or thesis) in the third and final year.

What is a honours degree UK? ›

What is an honours degree? In the UK, an "honours" degree indicates a higher level of achievement than an ordinary bachelor's degree. To obtain a degree with honours, you must complete a greater amount of credits throughout the duration of your studies than is typically needed for a degree without honours.

What are the 7 levels of education? ›

Education Statistics (EdStats)
  • ISCED 0 = Early childhood education.
  • ISCED 1 = Primary Education.
  • ISCED 2 = Lower Secondary Education.
  • ISCED 3 = Upper Secondary Education.
  • ISCED 4 = Post-secondary non-Tertiary Education.
  • ISCED 5 = Short-cycle tertiary education.
  • ISCED 6 = Bachelors degree or equivalent tertiary education level.

What is Level 5 UK education? ›

Level 5 qualifications are: diploma of higher education ( DipHE ) foundation degree. higher national diploma ( HND )

What are the 7 levels of learning? ›

Bloom's Revised Taxonomy
  • Remember. Definition: retrieve, recall, or recognize relevant knowledge from long-term memory (e.g., recall dates of important events in U.S. history, remember the components of a bacterial cell). ...
  • Understand. ...
  • Apply. ...
  • Analyze. ...
  • Evaluate. ...
  • Create.
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What is the most useful degree? ›

This list details some of the most popular and lucrative college majors in demand.
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  2. Business. ...
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  4. Hospitality. ...
  5. Education. ...
  6. Computer Science. ...
  7. Architecture. ...
  8. Pharmaceutical Sciences.

What is the coolest degree to have? ›

Based on Payscale's 2021 College Salary Report, the top three best degrees to have are petroleum engineering, electrical engineering and computer science, and applied economics and management.

What is the most accepted major? ›

The Most Popular College Majors
RankMajorNumber of Degrees Awarded
Rank 1Major Business and ManagementNumber of Degrees Awarded 289,384
Rank 2Major NursingNumber of Degrees Awarded 141,632
Rank 3Major PsychologyNumber of Degrees Awarded 127,066
Rank 4Major BiologyNumber of Degrees Awarded 120,375
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What is a 8 year degree called? ›

A doctorate degree typically takes anywhere from four to six years to complete. On average, a Ph. D. is earned within eight years. The length of time it takes to earn your doctorate is based on numerous factors.

What is a 6 year degree called? ›

A bachelor's degree (from Middle Latin baccalaureus) or baccalaureate (from Modern Latin baccalaureatus) is an undergraduate academic degree awarded by colleges and universities upon completion of a course of study lasting three to six years (depending on institution and academic discipline).

What is a 5 year degree called? ›

Bachelor's Degree - An award (baccalaureate) that normally requires at least 4 but not more than 5 years of full-time equivalent college-level work.

Can you get a job in America with a UK degree? ›

Are UK qualifications recognised? Employers will usually recognise UK qualifications, especially as some US nationals travel to the UK to study, then return home for work. However, when applying for jobs you should confirm that a UK degree will be accepted.

Can I apply for job in USA with a UK degree? ›

Employers normally recognise UK qualifications. This is highlighted by the fact some US nationals travel to the UK to study before returning home to work. However, it's worth checking that a UK degree will be accepted before you apply for a job.

What is the equivalent of UK College in the US? ›

The equivalent to a British college in the USA would be a junior or community college, where students often go to learn a trade or prepare for a four-year program.

Are there 4 year degrees in UK? ›

Some courses allow you to do a bachelor degree in four years which includes a sandwich year. This additional year will allow you to gain professional experience, or you can choose to do a year abroad. Unlike England, Wales and Northern Ireland, Scotland's Bachelor's degrees are four years long.

What is the UK equivalent of a bachelor degree? ›

National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)

a Level 7 NVQ is equivalent to a Masters degree. a Level 6 NVQ is the same as a Bachelors degree. Levels 4 and 5 equate to the first and second years of a Bachelors degree respectively.

What is highest degree in UK? ›

Level 8 qualifications are:
  • doctorate, for example doctor of philosophy ( PhD or DPhil )
  • level 8 award.
  • level 8 certificate.
  • level 8 diploma.

What are the most regretted degrees UK? ›

Also in the top five subjects most regretted were sociology, liberal arts and general studies, all at 72 per cent, communications, at 64 per cent, and education, rounding up the list at 61 per cent.

What is the weirdest degree in the UK? ›

Strangest University Degrees You Can Study in the UK
  • #1: Contemporary Circus with Physical Theatre.
  • #3 Brewing and Distilling.
  • #4 Baking Science and Technology.
  • #5 Surf Science and Technology.
  • #7 Ethical Hacking.
  • #8 Viking and Old Norse Studies.

What is a 3 year degree called UK? ›

Bachelor's degree – Level 6

The (Hons) bit stands for Honours. This generally means you study for 3 years, or 4 if the course is offered with an optional sandwich-placement year. You study 360 credits, including a major project or dissertation in your final year.

Why are UK degrees only 3 years? ›

UK bachelor's degree courses in England and Wales generally take three years to complete. This is because UK courses focus more narrowly on the main degree subject. While students do have to take some courses outside of their discipline, most of these occur in the later years, particularly with science courses.

What are 2 year degrees UK? ›

What degrees can I study in 2 years? Some degrees that have a 2-year option include Law, Accounting, Business Management, Business Studies, English, Finance, Geography, Marketing, Tourism, and some joint degrees.

Is UK Bachelors degree valid in USA? ›

No. If your degree was awarded by a UK university and it is not listed on our Accredited Course Database it is not recognised under the Washington or Sydney Accord.

Which degree is valuable in UK? ›

Business and Management Studies. Business degrees in the UK will give you a proper foundation in various places in the business sector. Most business courses are practical, and there is a high demand in the job market. After graduation, the average salary you are likely to earn is around £40,000 per year.

Do UK degrees have majors? ›

Unlike U.S. universities that allow students to declare a major after two years, U.K. schools require students to choose their major right away.


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