The British Council Slovenia no longer offers an information and education enquiries service. However, we have prepared some useful information about study opportunities in the UK.
Undergraduate degree courses in the UK are called Bachelor degrees or First degrees. They normally take three to four years of full-time study. The exceptions are degrees in medicine, dentistry and architecture, which take up to seven years.
Degrees can be a single subject (single honours) or in two or more subjects (joint/combined honours).
Sandwich courses involve alternating periods of study and work-related experience which usually extend the course to four years.
Many universities offer modular courses - this allows you to 'build' your own study programme from a very wide choice of different subject modules.
When you have completed your degree, you will be given a title depending on your area of study. The most common titles are:
BA (Bachelor of Arts)
BSc (Bachelor of Science)
BEd (Bachelor of Education)
LLB (Bachelor of Law)
BEng (Bachelor of Engineering)
MB (Bachelor of Medicine)
Undergraduate degrees in Arts and Humanities at some Scottish universities (Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, St Andrews) are called Master of Arts (MA).
You will be awarded a class of degree depending on your academic performance:
First-class honours degree (1st)
Upper second-class honours degree (2:1)
Lower second-class honours degree (2:2)
Third-class honours degree (3rd)
Ordinary / Pass degree
Universities are independent, self-governing bodies and can award their own degrees. Colleges of higher education do not normally have degree awarding powers and their courses will be approved by a university.
Another difference between universities and colleges is size. Colleges tend to be smaller institutions. They also tend to specialise in certain areas, such as art and design, theatrical studies or teaching.