Academic credits/levels

Information on academic credits, academic levels and studying multiple short courses and modules in health-related professional and short courses.

Academic credits

Each module/short course is worth a specific amount of credit. The amount of credit is dependent on the amount of study/learning required to achieve the module outcomes.

  • Half module - 10 credits
  • Single module - 20 credits
  • Double module - 40 credits
  • Triple module - 60 credits

Academic levels

There are different levels of learning reflecting the degree of analysis, reflection and evaluation required to evidence your competency and academic achievement.

This evidence is presented through a variety of assessment methods such as exams, assignments, and objective structured clinical examinations (OSCE). Therefore, credit will be awarded at a certain level. 

  • Level 1 - Certificate
  • Level 2 - Diploma
  • Level 3 - Degree
  • Level M - Master's

In order to gain an undergraduate degree you need:

  • 120 Level 1 credits
  • 120 Level 2 credits
  • 120 Level 3 credits

In order to gain a postgraduate level award you need:

  • Postgraduate Certificate - 60 Level M credits
  • Postgraduate Diploma - 120 Level M credits
  • Master’s - 180 Level M Credits

Studying multiple courses and modules

You can take as many short courses/modules as you like to gain credit towards a degree-level qualification. All undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses are made up of compulsory and optional modules.

You also have the option to not undertake assessment if you do not require the academic credit. This may apply where the course is being taken as a professional development opportunity and a Statement of Attendance will suffice.

We also offer a range of non-credit bearing courses throughout the academic year. To find out more, please email has.cpd@uwe.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0)117 32 81158.

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