Overview of Levels of Learning and Credits in Education Courses
Deciding to start a new course can be daunting however it is always a good idea to invest in upskilling especially with on-going changes in the workplace it is vital to refresh your knowledge and skills so they don't become outdated. You don’t have to be aged 20-25 to be a “student”, there are many course options available it just depends on your academic background and career goals when deciding which course is best suited to you. Many people have heard phrases such as “certificate” and “level 8” but may not know what they mean. This can cause a lot of confusion when deciding to go back to education.
To help you, our Director of Academic Programmes, Finbarr Sheehy has explained the difference between levels and credits and provided advice when choosing a course in a short video.
What is the difference between a Level 6 and Level 7 programme?
A level 6 is also called a "Higher Certificate" and equates to 120 credits where as a level 7 "Ordinary Degree" consists of 180 credits. You previous academic background states which level you will be eligible for. For more information please watch the video above where Finbarr goes into more detail explaining the difference between levels and credits.
What do I need to start a Level 8?
Applicants must hold a full Level 7 Ordinary Degree of 180 credits to be eligible to progress to a Level 8 Honours degree.