A bachelor’s degree is a common first degree. It gives you a thorough understanding of a subject. Bachelor’s degrees usually have a set programme of academic study, while some also incorporate practical elements and placements.
There are different types of degrees, such as Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Education (BEd) and Bachelor of Engineering (BEng). If you complete your degree successfully with a grade of at least 50 per cent (referred to as a ‘third’ in the UK), you’ll be awarded with an ‘honours’ degree.
A full-time bachelor’s degree normally takes three years to complete. Part-time options are also available at many universities so that you can work alongside your studies or learn at a more relaxed pace. If you need a visa to study in the UK, you should check if your immigration status allows you to do a part-time course.
It’s worth knowing that many Scottish universities offer an undergraduate degree in humanities or social sciences called a Scottish Masters of Arts (MA). It is completed over three years for a general degree or four years for an Honours degree. This shouldn’t be confused with a postgraduate master’s course, which is usually completed over one or two years.