Degree (BSc or BA)
This is the traditional academic qualification normally studied full-time over three years. If you have already studied a Foundation Degree or a Higher National Diploma/Certificate and would like to gain an Honours Degree, many of our subjects offer a final year BSc (Hons) one-year top-up option.
Foundation Degree (FdSc)
Foundation Degrees are equivalent to the first two years of an Honours Degree. They may be studied either full-time over two years or part-time for up to four years. They combine academic skills with work-based experience, are sector specific and are designed to give you the skills employers are looking for.
Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)
A Certificate of Higher Education is equivalent to the first year of degree study and may studied for either one year full time or up to two years part-time.
University Diploma/University Foundation Certificate/Continuing Professional Development
Foundation Degrees are made up of modules (or units) which may also be studied individually as part of a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme. A Professional Certificate, University Diploma or University Foundation Certificate may be awarded after 60 credits. CPD meets the needs of professionals by offering flexible, accessible and value for money courses which can be studied in and around the workplace. We work closely with employers, sector skills councils and professional bodies to design courses that match sector needs. For those working in relevant industries there may be opportunities for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).
Modules and Credits
Courses are made up of study units or ‘modules’. A single module is worth either 20 credits.
Qualification and Number of Credits in Programme
Honours Degree – 360
Foundation Degree – 240
CertHE – 120
Professional Certificate – 60
University Diploma – 60
University Foundation Certificate – 60