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About UK Educational System

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland higher education including degrees, diplomas, certificates and other academic awards (other than honorary degrees and higher doctorates) are provided by many different types of institutes, colleges, universities and university colleges.

The types of qualifications awarded by higher education institutions at sub-degree and undergraduate (first cycle) and postgraduate level (second and third cycles) are described in the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (FHEQ).

In the UK and Ireland, each stage within any framework of qualifications, be it school, vocational, further or higher education, is commonly referred to as a 'level'. In practice, most such levels represent bands of qualifications that share similar expectations of attainment.

The FHEQ has five levels, three of which are undergraduate and two are postgraduate. The table below indicates the typical higher educations at each level of the FHEQ.

Typical higher education qualifications within each level FHEQ level
Doctoral degrees (e.g. PhD/DPhil (including new-route PhD), EdD,DBA, DClinPsy)
8
Master's degrees (e.g. MPhil, MLitt, MRes, MA, MSc)
7
Integrated master's degrees (e.g. MEng, MChem, MPhys, MPharm)
Postgraduate diplomas
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
Postgraduate certificates
Bachelor's degrees with honours (e.g. BA/BSc Hons)
6
Bachelor's degrees
Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
Graduate diplomas
Graduate certificates
Foundation Degrees (e.g. FdA, FdSc)
5
Diplomas of Higher Education (DipHE)
Higher National Diplomas (HND)
Higher National Certificates (HNC)
4
Certificates of Higher Education (CertHE)
  • A higher education qualification at level 4 (Certificate of Higher Education)
  • A higher education qualification at level 5 (Foundation Degree)
  • A higher education qualification at level 6 (Bachelor's degree with honours)
  • A higher education qualification at level 7 (Master's degree)
  • A higher education qualification at level 8 (Doctoral degree)

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