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What is a Bachelor’s degree?

Bachelors degrees are higher education qualifications that are awarded on completion of an academic undergraduate course. They usually take 3 or 4 years if studying full-time, or longer if studying part-time. They are delivered by universities and some Further Education Colleges.

Studying a Bachelors degree allows you to develop a thorough understanding of a subject as well as giving you valuable skills that will look great on your CV. Transferable skills include: IT, teamwork, problem-solving, proven readiness to work hard, time management, communication and presentation skills. On some courses, it is possible to incorporate some work experience or live in another country if you take a placement year, also known as a sandwich year, as part of your Bachelors degree. Other degree courses include work experience modules so that you can continue to study while gaining experience.

Some programmes are accredited by professional bodies and organisations, such as the British Psychological Society (BPS) for Psychology courses and The Institute of Biomedical Science for Biomedical Science courses. Successfully completing accredited Bachelors degrees may lead to exemptions from further examinations if you choose to undertake further study in this field.

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HOW TO APPLY FOR A BACHELORS DEGREE

There are over 37,000 different degree courses to choose from in the UK, covering a whole range of subjects. Entry requirements vary for different courses and institutions so check out university prospectuses and websites to find out more. Applications for entry to full-time Bachelors degree courses are made via UCAS.

WHAT IS A FOUNDATION COURSE?

These are one-year courses designed for students who want to study a university degree programme in a specific field but do not have sufficient grades or required subjects. For example, if you are interested in studying a science related course but have not taken a science subject at Level 3, a Foundation course may be right for you. You should note that a Foundation Course is not the same thing as a Foundation Degree.

What is a Bachelor’s degree?

Bachelors degrees are higher education qualifications that are awarded on completion of an academic undergraduate course. They usually take 3 or 4 years if studying full-time, or longer if studying part-time. They are delivered by universities and some Further Education Colleges.

Studying a Bachelors degree allows you to develop a thorough understanding of a subject as well as giving you valuable skills that will look great on your CV. Transferable skills include: IT, teamwork, problem-solving, proven readiness to work hard, time management, communication and presentation skills. On some courses, it is possible to incorporate some work experience or live in another country if you take a placement year, also known as a sandwich year, as part of your Bachelors degree. Other degree courses include work experience modules so that you can continue to study while gaining experience.

Some programmes are accredited by professional bodies and organisations, such as the British Psychological Society (BPS) for Psychology courses and The Institute of Biomedical Science for Biomedical Science courses. Successfully completing accredited Bachelors degrees may lead to exemptions from further examinations if you choose to undertake further study in this field.

Students in graduation gowns

HOW TO APPLY FOR A BACHELORS DEGREE

There are over 37,000 different degree courses to choose from in the UK, covering a whole range of subjects. Entry requirements vary for different courses and institutions so check out university prospectuses and websites to find out more. Applications for entry to full-time Bachelors degree courses are made via UCAS.

WHAT IS A FOUNDATION COURSE?

These are one-year courses designed for students who want to study a university degree programme in a specific field but do not have sufficient grades or required subjects. For example, if you are interested in studying a science related course but have not taken a science subject at Level 3, a Foundation course may be right for you. You should note that a Foundation Course is not the same thing as a Foundation Degree.

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