Students who have completed secondary school usually attend college. Here you can build invaluable knowledge and skills in a specified discipline of your choice. There are three pathways available, but it all depends on which route students intend to go.
First route – A Levels
This is a two year programme, the first year formally known as AS-level. Completion of year two is known as A2 Level. Students normally choose 3 to 4 subjects based on the degree they wish to undertake at university. The main advantage of studying A-levels is that students will have a wide range of options for later deciding their degree.
Second route – Foundation Year
Foundation is a one year programme and helps students to develop the underpinning knowledge and competences of a specified discipline. It is either taught at a university or a college, where it is generally less expensive to study at a college than a university.
Third route – HNC/HND
With HNC/HND, students usually have decided what they intend to study for their degree, as these programmes are subject-focused. Higher National Certificate is a one year programme, whilst Higher National Diploma is a two year programme. There are a few advantages of studying HNC/HND
- Students are eligible for direct university entry (either 2nd year or final year of degree, depending upon the chosen university).
- It is cheaper than if a student studies 3 years of degree at University.
- Generally speaking, HNC/HND programmes are assignments based. It is extremely beneficial to those who dislike exams.
British degrees generally take 3 years to complete, sometimes can be 4 years with an optional year of either taking a work placement (also known as sandwich year) or studying abroad.
Whereas in the Australia university system, certain subjects (e.g. engineering and environment science) are slightly different, which are designed for a 4 year completion time. This includes an integrated honours degree as part of a 4 year program. Business majors remains 3 years completion time.
Students who do not meet the entry requirements either because of a low classification in their undergraduate degree or their prior field of studies that is unrelated to the major they wish to pursue, a pre-master’s programme is the right choice for you! The programme is designed to a certain extent that will bring the academic level on a par with a 2:2 degree classification. Pre-masters provides progression to a number of postgraduate degree options. It gives you the vital skills and academic qualifications so as to succeed in a postgraduate degree.
It is a 3 to 9 month programme in UK. Whereas in Australia, it will take 1.5 year to complete pre-masters – 6 months of Graduate Certificate and 12 months of Graduate Diploma.
Due to competitive job market, many graduates make an immediate return to further their studies. Studying a postgraduate degree can help you gain a competitive edge in an already saturated job market. Broadening your knowledge and expanding your skills will allow you to achieve your ambitions in the ideal career.
Meanwhile, certain career paths require you to be educated at postgraduate level, such as law.
Don’t be constrained. Taking a postgraduate degree will allow you to broaden your horizon and brand out into a wider range of career options.
Postgraduate in UK only takes 1 year, whilst it is up to 2 years in Australia.