What’s The Difference Between A UK & US Bachelor’s Degree?

Want to know what the difference is between a UK and USA bachelor’s? What the ‘Hons’ part of a BA(Hons) degree means? Well read on to find out.

The UK’s Higher Education system is respected throughout the world and holds 62 positions within the top 200 of The Times World University Rankings 2018, including the top two spots.
When it comes to bachelor’s degrees, the main difference between the UK and USA is that the UK focuses solely on your specialism (or major). Therefore general education is not included as part of your studies, which allows you delve deeper into your chosen specialism. This means that you generally complete your bachelor’s in three years if you’re attending a campus-based degree programme, as opposed to the US, where you generally complete in four years.

DIME ONLINE offer BA(Hons) degrees, validated and awarded by Falmouth University.
Falmouth University has been ranked gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework, the new classification of UK degree teaching standards. Gold is reserved for institutions where teaching, retention and graduate outcomes are consistently outstanding and are of the highest quality found in the UK. Falmouth University has a 115-year history at the leading edge of creativity and is now at the forefront of driving innovation and entrepreneurialism across the creative economy with its mission of “doing it for real”.

As we’re delivering our BA(Hons) online, we’re able to offer it at an accelerated rate; full-time over two years, and part-time over four years. This is due to a slight increase in the usual amount of study hours per week, and shorter holiday periods throughout the academic year. The ‘Hons’ part represents 360+ credits of study and often contains a substantial project or dissertation during the final year of study. A standard BA is usually known as an ‘Ordinary’ BA and is equivalent to 300 credits, usually omitting the project or dissertation in the final year.

In the United Kingdom, the National Qualification Frameworks are qualifications frameworks that define and link the levels and credit values of different qualifications. These are split over eight different levels. A BA(Hons) degree covers three levels within that framework: Level 4, Level 5, Level 6.
On successful completion of one of our degree programmes, you may choose to progress on to a Level 7 qualification, such as a master’s degree, PGDip, PGCert, or PGCE. Individual colleges & universities around the world will set their own entry requirements; however, you will find that a BA(Hons) degree awarded by a UK university is readily accepted for entry onto a master’s programme in most circumstances.

If you have any further questions regarding our qualifications, please contact one of the Recruitment & Admissions team on info@dime-online.org.