First degrees are full time for three years or four-year sandwich course with your third year on work placement. On some courses a placement is optional, on others, compulsory. Part-time undergraduate degrees take five years. Work-based study may take longer.
Integrated master’s degrees are extended programmes of study which emphasise industrial relevance. They are four year full-time courses with three years at undergraduate level (minimum 360 credits) and at least one year of study (minimum 120 credits) at master’s level.
We've developed these work related qualifications with employers to encourage talented people of all ages into higher education. If you complete the course you may be able to join the final year of an honours degree.
HNDs and HNCs are vocationally oriented, validated by Edexcel. A HND can be two years full-time or three years part-time. HNCs are two years part-time. Many HND courses offer the opportunity to move on to a degree. Some are taught at local colleges.
University certificates are made up of part-time modules. There are several undergraduate types:
Part-time courses are made up of modules for which you receive credits. Under the Credit Accumulation Modular Scheme CAMS you can accumulate them to count towards an award. By accumulating points you may be able to change routes or transfer between institutions.
|Award||Total credits needed|
|University Certificate in Continuing Education (UCCE)||20|
|University Certificate in Professional Development (UCPD)||30|
|University Certificate in Advanced Continuing Education (UCACE) or University Certificate in Advanced Professional Development (UCAPD)||60|
|Higher national certificate (HNC)||150|
|Higher national diploma (HND)||240|
If courses are described as 'subject to approval' they are under development or going through quality assurance processes to test their academic rigour.