A Bachelor’s or undergraduate degree is an academic qualification designed to aid students to gain insight into a subject. Degrees are either classified as Ordinary or Honours, and this difference can vary between colleges and universities. Typically an ‘ordinary’ degree (or ‘unclassified’) may be awarded if a student completed a full degree course, but didn’t obtain the total number of passes needed to obtain a third-class honours degree, or they failed and had to re-take a module/year.
There are different titles of degree that a student can obtain, such as Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Education (Bed), and Bachelor of Engineering (BEng).
In most cases, a degree will take three years to complete, or less commonly, four. Degrees that take four years to complete tend to include a placement or work experience year. Degrees are able to be completed part-time, and this length varies depending on the university and contact hours etc. Whilst in Scotland, an ‘ordinary’ degree is usually a three-year full-time course, and an ‘honours’ degree is a four-year full-time course.
There are hundreds of different options for students at Bachelor’s degree course level, and many subjects can be combined together, such as Film and Media, or English and Creative Writing. Students can check what subjects they wish to study, including the list below:
• Accounting and Banking degree
• Architecture degree
• Art degree
• Business degree
• Computing degree
• Construction degree
• Design degree
• Education degree
• Engineering degree
• Environment degree
• Finance degree
• Health and Social Care degree
• Journalism degree
• Languages degree
• Law degree
• Media degree
• Maths degree
• Psychology degree
• Science degree
• Social Sciences degree
Most institutions require students to hold A-Levels as a pre-requisite for a degree course, the number of A-Levels and what grades needed is dependent on the course and the college or university. There will be many factors to a student being accepted onto a course, from admission tests and attending a university interview.
Students can apply through UCAS if living and studying within the UK, or apply to the university directly if a mature student who is older than 21 years of age.
Depending on the practical elements included within the degree course, students will be assessed through written work, essays, coursework, projects, group work, presentations and examinations. Most degree courses require students to conduct a big project as part of their final year, either a dissertation, a research project or a final piece.
An undergraduate degree is a great qualification allowing individuals to apply for graduate jobs and schemes, continue onto a postgraduate qualification or to apply for higher level jobs
An undergraduate degree is a higher education qualification that doesn’t have any direct equivalent qualifications. It is higher than a Higher National Certificate and Diploma, Certificate of Higher Education, Diploma of Higher Education and a Foundation degree. If a student has any of the above qualifications they can then gain admission onto an undergraduate degree course.
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