Classed as a level 6 qualification, a bachelor’s is the most common undergraduate degree. This degree can be studied straight after finishing further education, such as sixth form or college and has been designed to provide a thorough understanding of a particular subject.

Types of Bachelor’s Degree

There are thousands of bachelor’s degrees courses across the UK, relating to the various types of denominations as follows:

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

This degree covers subjects such as humanities, communications, social sciences and languages. A BA degree focuses on theoretical or abstract topics that usually require critical thinking.

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

This type of degree encompasses subjects such as maths, nursing, computer science and biochemistry. As the name suggests this accreditation is related to a range of topics where students learn scientific and technical knowledge.

Bachelor of Engineering (BEng)

A BEng degree covers specific engineering topics such as Civil, Electronic and Electrical, and Mechanical. This type of degree tends to be more practical, applying theory into a practical setting.

Bachelor of Education (BEd)

This type of degree is for those who want to go into teaching. Study for this degree combines academic learning with practical placements, and students graduate with a Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) at the end.

Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

This degree provides a Qualifying Law Degree and is the most popular qualification of its kind in the UK. This degree will provide students with legal awareness and knowledge needed to become a solicitor or barrister.

Honours and non-honours

A degree is classified as an honours degree if it consists of at least 3 years of study and is graded by a weighted average. The last section of study carries a greater weight and includes the study of ‘honours modules’. The overall worth of an honours degree totals 360 credits.

A non-honours or ‘ordinary’ degree may be awarded if a student only completes 2 years of study or fails to pass all required modules to obtain an honours. If you receive a non-honours degree classification this will be worth 300 credits.

This being said, the majority of bachelor’s degree now have honours built into the course as standard, so is unlikely you will have the choice of enrolling in a non-honours degree.

How long does it take?

Bachelor’s degrees usually take between 3 and 4 years of full-time study to complete, depending on the course.

Many bachelor’s provide the opportunity to do a year in industry known as a ‘placement’ or ‘sandwich’ year named accordingly due to taking place in the second or third year of the degree. This provides the opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge you have learnt to a practical setting, gaining valuable work experience that employers look for.

What subjects are covered?

There are over 50,000 varying bachelor’s degrees available to study in the UK. Ranging from marketing to accounting, nursing to fashion; with the sheer number of subjects available there will definitely be something out there that suits you.

To explore the degree courses currently offered visit UCAS.


If you are studying a bachelor’s degree, you may be eligible for funding from the government.

The government provide two loans:

Tuition fee loan

If you are a full-time student, you can apply for a tuition fee loan of up to £9,250 per academic year depending on your university’s fees.

Maintenance loan

This loan is provided to help with living costs associated with university such as accommodation.

The amount you can borrow will depend on your household income and whether you are living at or away from home.

Visit the website to check your eligibility and calculate your estimated maintenance loan amount.

Opportunities from a bachelor’s degree

Once you have completed a bachelor’s degree there are many possible routes you may choose to explore:

  1. Go on to postgraduate study
  2. Enrol on a graduate scheme
  3. Get a job
  4. Do an internship to increase your work experience
  5. Take a gap year before entering the world of work

Whatever your choice may be, make sure to check out our related guides that will provide you with more information to help you make the best decision for you.