Qualifications explained

UCW now offers around 50 Honours Degrees, Master’s Degrees, Foundation Degrees, Honours Top-ups, Apprenticeships and Higher National Certificates and Diplomas across a range of subject areas, all designed all around the needs of students and employers.

Our course pages include information on how each of our courses are taught and assessed.

Worth 240 credits and equivalent to the first two years of an Honours Degree, Foundation Degrees combine academic study with work-based learning and often include a work experience element. Foundation Degrees at UCW have employer input at the design, implementation and validation stages – so students know that they gain the skills and experiences that businesses are looking for. Foundation Degrees are Level 5 qualifications, however it may be possible to achieve a Certificate of Higher Education at Level 4 if you complete only 120 credits of a Foundation Degree.
Higher National Certificates are Level 4, work-based BTEC qualifications and typically lead to progression to a Higher National Diploma. HNDs are Level 5, work-based BTEC qualifications which are typically studied on a part-time basis to fit around related employment. They are usually assessed on a practical basis. Completion of a HND may allow for progression to a related Level 6 Honours Top-up course.
Qualifications enabling the conversion of a Foundation Degree, HND or equivalent into a Level 6 Honours Degree. They are usually studied over one year on a full-time basis, and do not need to be completed immediately after the achievement of prior qualifications. Students with a Level 5 qualification who wish to progress to postgraduate study or enter certain professions will need to pass an Honours Top-up.
The traditional Level 6 degree route worth 360 credits and usually studied over three years on a full-time basis. Unlike Foundation Degrees, they don’t have to include work-based elements, and Honours Degrees include a significant piece of academic research in the third year. At UCW, we also offer Honours Degrees in the form of Degree Apprenticeships – a new way of combining full-time paid work with part-time university-level study. Degree Apprenticeships are paid for by employers, so they are ideal for people currently in employment who want to study to degree level while keeping their job and income.
Postgraduate qualifications at Level 7 which signify expertise in a specific field of study or area of professional practice. Students wishing to pursue a Master’s Degree will need an Honours Degree or equivalent qualification.