Thursday, 25th April 2019


Bachelor’s Degrees are the higher education qualifications awarded to students upon completion of a university undergraduate course. Degree courses are designed to give the student a thorough and in-depth understanding of the chosen subject, building up analytical, intellectual and written skills and to encourage independent research and study

How does a bachelor degree work?

Degree courses typically last three or four years for Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BSc), with four years if it is a 'sandwich course' involving a year of study in industry or abroad.

Some degree courses, especially in Medicine and Architecture, typically require five or six years of undergraduate study, followed by further practical training before a person is fully qualified to practice.

Degrees are highly-valued by many employers and are often an necessity for people wishing to work in professional services.

Entry requirements onto university courses vary depending on the individual criteria of the institution, but usually require previous qualifications.

Most will require a minimum of two A-levels or an equivalent further education qualification, often relating to the degree subject an applicant wants to take, i.e. places on English courses will want an A-level or similar qualification in English.

There is a vast amount of degree courses available to choose from, and plenty of places to study them at.

The benefits

Universities also generally provide a good environment in which young people can enjoy an active social life, move away from home for the first time, become independent and learn to take responsibility for themselves.

Bachelor's degrees can also be studied for part-time.

However, degrees are expensive, especially with the plans to raise tuition fees in Autumn 2012. Most students will have to take out a student loan for the duration of their study.

To look at what qualifications you need in order to get into your chosen career, browse our job profiles.

For more information on tuition fees and student finance, please follow the below link:

Student Finance: Directgov

For information about applying to university, click here.