Diploma of Higher Education
A Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) is a higher education qualification in the United Kingdom. It is awarded after two years of full-time study at a university or other higher education institution.
The Diploma certifies that a student has achieved a minimum standard for 2nd Year courses in liberal arts, and in the case of nursing, 3rd Y"Directgov"/> awarded following further education and training courses.
In Scotland, a DipHE is worth 240 credit points (at least 120 at Level 7 and at least 80 at Level 8) on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework. (As a guide an Honours degree is worth 480 credit points.)
They are accredited by the universities, except in the case of nurse and community and youth work education where the curriculum is prescribed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, students are permitted to use the postnominals DipHE after their name, sometimes followed by the course name in brackets and the University from which they earned their qualification.
Sometimes, having a DipHE can exempt the holder from some of the requirements of a Bachelor's degree, for example it might reduce the length of study or number of courses necessary to complete the qualification. Typically allowing a Diploma holder to obtain a BA/BS in one-third of the time.
Diplomas are generally awarded on a pass/fail basis, and occasionally are awarded with honors when a student has distinguished his or herself. The two highest honors being Merit and Distinction.
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