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When you are embarking on choosing your course it's a good idea to be aware of the different types of degrees available and how they are delivered. It's also a good idea to ask some key questions that will help you make your decisions. 

Types of honours degree courses

  • 3 year Degree (UK and Wales - 4 years in Scotland)
  • 2 years Accelerated Degree - a three year degree condensed into 2
  • Sandwich Degree - usually 4 years to include one year work experience
  • Combined Degree - you study two subjects 50/50
  • Interdisciplinary (modular) Degree - you study a range of subjects from different academic departments e.g. American Studies
  • 3 or 4 year Degree including study/work abroad
  • Distance learning/flexible learning degrees - you study all or part of your course online 

What else would be good to know about the course?

  • what are the job prospects like?
  • what types of employment do other students go onto after they have graduated?
  • what do past students think about the quality of the course and the teaching?
  • how is the course assessed?
  • will it include professional qualifications? 
  • how many hours of lectures will you attend each week?

What would be good to know about the institution?

  • does the institution have a good reputation for the course I'm interested in?
  • what are the facilities like e.g. library, clubs?
  • what sort of support is available for adult learners e.g. financial, learning support?
  • if I am staying away from home, what is the accommodation like and how much is it?

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