There are multiple options when it comes to
the types of undergraduate university courses.
Navigating these and choosing which subject
and which type of course to study can be a
difficult and important part of a student’s
decision when it comes to their higher
This article will provide you, the teacher or careers colleague, with some basic knowledge so you can provide students with the best possible information and guidance to make informed degree course decisions.
Bachelor degree courses usually involve a
single subject, however there are options
to combine two subjects in a single course
(joint or dual honours), or multiple subjects
(combined honours). These courses can be
studied full-time, or in some cases part-time.
Some offer a sandwich year, where the student will have a year in their chosen industry forming part of the course. All these courses will have core modules, which every student studies, then for some there will be the ability to pick optional modules to tailor the course according to the interests of the student.
For some courses there is a foundation year attached. These are usually designed for those students who did not meet the entry requirements for the undergraduate degree. The foundation year will support students to develop the skills and subject knowledge to continue their studies and undertake the degree course. This will add an additional year and once completed, the student will usually enrol onto the first year of the undergraduate degree course.
This is a one-year qualification, usually known as an Art Foundation and is a recognised route to gain entry to some of the prestigious art and design degree courses.
This is where a student will achieve a bachelor degree as part of an apprenticeship. Degree apprenticeships are becoming more popular as the students will leave with greater work experience and still achieve the same degree status as those studying through a traditional degree route. These can vary in duration, and between institutions, so it is worth students spending some time researching them further.
A HNC is a one-year course and a HND is a two-year course, both are work related. These are options for those who do not want to fully commit to a full-time bachelor degree but might want to complete this in stages and potentially join the third year later to complete the bachelor programme. Higher Technical Qualifications were new in 2022 and are level 4 and 5 qualifications, which are aimed at students who are retraining or upskilling within their workplace or CertHE.
It is important to remember that no two courses are the same, just because the course has the same title and is offered at different universities, it does not mean students will learn, experience and be assessed in the same way. Therefore, it is important for your students to consider the following criteria when deciding between different universities when the course title is the same.
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by Sarah Wiltshire
posted on 6 Jun '23
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