Different degrees explained

Honours degrees

An Honours degree involves three years of full-time study. This will increase to four years if you also do a year's work placement. Some courses are also available part-time.

At the University of Bedfordshire we award the following Honours degrees:

  • BA Honours (Bachelor of Arts)
  • BSc Honours (Bachelor of Science)
  • LLB Honours (Bachelor of Law)
  • BEng Honours (Bachelor of Engineering)

With Professional Practice Year / Sandwich degrees

With Professional Practice Year / Sandwich degrees take four years. The third year is spent in a year-long work placement to ensure you have all the experience you need to enter the workplace. 

Degree with Foundation Year

This is an integrated four-year degree, with the foundation year as a key part of the course. You will need to successfully complete the Foundation Year to progress on to the first year of your Bachelor’s degree.

Foundation degrees

Foundation degrees are designed in association with employers to provide a more occupationally based route through higher-education. The emphasis is on work-focused learning.

They are normally completed over two years full-time, or two and a half to four years part-time They are the equivalent to two thirds of a Bachelor's degree.

Higher National Certificate/Diploma (HNC/D)

These courses are vocationally focused and can lead straight to a career. You can progress to the University to complete the final year of a Bachelor's degree.

A full-time HNC takes one year to complete or two years part-time. A full-time HND takes two years to complete or three to four years part-time.

Certificate in Education (Cert Ed)

The Certificate in Education is a professional qualification offering training for teachers.

Certificate /Diploma in Higher Education (Cert HE/DipHE)

The Certificate in Higher Education involves studying for a year full-time or two years part-time and is the equivalent to year one of an Honours degree.

The Diploma in Higher Education takes two to three years full-time and equivalent to tiers one and two of an Honours degree.

More information

Visit Prospects for more information on the different degrees available at UK universities.


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