What is Bachelor’s Degree?
Bachelor’s Degree, also known as an Undergraduate Degree, is a level 6 qualification you obtain after successfully completing a specialised academic course. Bachelor’s Degree title vary, depending on the area of study and the university you choose. You can become a Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Arts (BA), or bachelor of medicine (MB). When you complete the course in Business Management, for example, you will become a Bachelor of Science, while liberal arts or social sciences programmes will lead to a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree.
How is Bachelor’s Degree valued?
Depending on your achievements throughout the course, you can end up with an Honours or Ordinary Bachelor Degree. Your final mark will be based on weighted average, and below is the rough guide to how your degree may be valued
- First-class honours (1st, 1 or I) – typically 70% or higher
- Second-class honours;
- Upper division (2:1, 2i or II-1) – typically 60–69%
- Lower division (2:2, 2ii or II-2) – typically 50–59%
- Third-class honours (3rd, 3 or III) – typically 40–49%
- Students who do not achieve honours may be awarded an ordinary degree, sometimes known as a “pass”.
What is the difference between the Bachelor’s Degree gained in the UK and the US?
Although the British Higher Education system vary from the one in the United States, there is no much difference when it comes to the Bachelor’s Degree programmes. In both countries the degrees can be obtained at a university, however US bachelors degree being equivalent to a British pass degree, due to the much higher degree of specialisation in the UK.
The main difference lies in the duration of the whole course. Bachelor Degree programmes in the US usually take 4 years to complete, while the British universities offer the courses lasting 3 years only.
Where can I obtain a Bachelor’s Degree?
Universities in the UK offer a wide range of Undergraduate Degree courses. All you need to do is to decide on the subject and… do your research.
Some Higher Education colleges, such as Mont Rose work together with the universities, and also offer Bachelors Degree courses, approved and designed by the university academic authorities. They are usually run as a one-year top-up programme, available to those who have already completed a two-year HND course.
Many universities nowadays also offer so-called distance learning courses. They are equally valued and suitable to those who cannot attend classes for one reason or another, live too far away from the university to be able to commute, or simply prefer the comfort of their homes as the suitable learning environment.
How long does it take to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree?
Full-time Bachelor’s Degree courses usually take three to four years, depending on the programme. Most UK universities decide on September or October as the courses’ starting dates, however, there are many that provide the intake more than once a year.
Working together with Bucks New University, Mont Rose College enrol students for their Business Management, International Hospitality, Health and Social Care and top-up courses three times a year – for January, April or September intakes.
What can slow me down?
Completing your Bachelor’s Degree course in time may be a challenge, especially to those who also have full-time jobs, or family commitments. They can opt for a part-time study, which will involve less time during the week but will extend the course for up to six or even eight years, depending on the programme.
Some students may need to take some time out for various reasons during the course of their degree, resulting in a delayed graduation time.
The final graduation may also be delayed due to poor academic performance. If you miss the submission deadline, fail one of your papers or exams, or simply do not attend classes, you may have to re-take the whole module with the next intake.
How can I enrol for the Bachelor’s Degree programme?
Enrolment process may vary from one university to another, in terms of the documents you have to provide and the application form. Most institutions now accept online applications and scans of your documents only, while others still require you to come in person and show the original documents to their admission staff members.
The basic requirement, which is the same for all Bachelor’s Degree courses, regardless of the university, is the equivalent of A-level, or NVQ level 3 qualification. If you are a foreign student, who has completed their High School education outside the UK, it is always worth checking if your certificate meets the NVQ level 3 criteria.
The university may refuse your entry based on the foreign High School Diploma, and direct you a Foundation (also known as Pathway) course instead. It will lead you to the same Bachelor Degree but may require one more year of academic studies.
What career opportunities do I have when I obtain a Bachelor’s Degree?
Some of the graduates use their degree to move into employment, some use the qualification to go on to a postgraduate course of higher education, such as a diploma or Master’s Degree. Whatever your dreams, academic ambitions and career opportunities are, having a Bachelor’s Degree will surely open more possibilities for you and increase your value as an employee.
So – don’t delay, apply today!