What is an undergraduate degree?

Undergraduate study

An undergraduate degree is your first degree. This means you haven't graduated from university before. There are lots of different undergraduate degrees available.

Types of undergraduate degree

Most undergraduate degrees are a bachelor degree, like a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BSc). However, there are other less common types of degree. Take a look at the different types of undergraduate degree to see which one is best for you.

Bachelor degree

A bachelor degree is the most popular type of undergraduate degree. These are typically 3 years long, although some courses may take longer. You can also extend your degree with a year abroad or a year in industry.

You can receive a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Engineering (BEng), Bachelor of Law (LLB), or Bachelor of Medicine (MB).

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Degree apprenticeships

Degree apprenticeships are a more practical approach to studying, which give students industry experience as well. You will work for an organisation and study at university at the same time. Your tuition fees will be paid by your employer and the government.

Degree apprenticeships are available in a range of subjects.

Degree apprenticeships

Degrees with a foundation year

A degree with a foundation year integrates an additional year of study before you start your degree. This is a great option for people who may not have studied the subject before or do not meet the entry requirements. It equips you with the skills needed for success in a course.

We have a wide choice of courses with a foundation year available, so you can achieve your goals no matter your circumstances.

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Why should I study an undergraduate degree?

There are lots of reasons to study an undergraduate degree. You will gain knowledge and skills in your chosen subject. This will improve your employability and help you get a job. Some careers may even require a degree, like a doctor or lawyer. 

It's not just all about studying though; there are lots of social reasons to come to university. You will meet people from different backgrounds and cultures, exposing you to new ways of thinking. A lot of students make friends for life at university.

Still unsure? Visit us on our next open day to see if university is for you.

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How do you choose an undergraduate degree?

Choosing a degree can be overwhelming. You should try to choose a subject you enjoy, because you'll be studying it for years. You should also consider career prospects, such as whether it leads to a specific career or gives you employable skills.

Other factors to consider include the university location, accommodation and societies.

How to choose the perfect degree

What's the difference between an undergraduate and postgraduate degree?

An undergraduate degree is your first degree, so you have not graduated from university before. A postgraduate degree is undertaken after you have graduated.