What does a University mean by level 3,4,5,6 and 7?
In the UK we have a grading system for different levels of education. UK home students study level 3 courses between the ages of 16-18 in order to gain acceptance into a University.
Level 3 can come in the form of Foundation degrees, Foundation years, Diploma, BTEC’s and A Levels. Level 3 courses can be studied at a college or university. If a student has already achieved a Diploma or Foundation then they can gain access onto the bachelor’s course..
Level 4 courses come in the form of 1st year of a bachelors programme or HNC (Higher National Certificate). Depending on the Type of associate degree a student may be able to start their 2nd year of bachelors (The course must be the same as the one they are applying for)
Level 5 courses come in the form of 2nd year of a bachelors programmes or a HND (Higher National Diploma). Depending on the Type of associate degree a student may be able to start their 3rd year of bachelors (The course must be the same as the one they are applying for)
Level 6 courses are the final component in a bachelor’s degree. Bachelors are classed as follows: 1st, 2:1, 2:2, 3rd and Ordinary degree. Bachelors can be with honours (Hons) or without. A Bachelor with honours means that the student has completed all 320 credits of their degree. A Bachelor’s without honours means that the student has 300 credits. If the student scored 69.6% – 100 % in their degree they would graduate with a 1st, 2:1 means the student got a score of 59.6% – 69.5%. A 2:2 means the student scored 49.6%-59.5%. A 3rd means the student scored 40% – 49.5%
Level 7 courses are classed as postgraduate/masters.. Most universities in the UK will require a student to have graduated from a bachelor’s programme with 2:2 or equivalent. If the student scored lower than this they may be required to study a pre-master’s programme first.
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