Graduate certificate

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A graduate certificate[1] (GradCert, GCert, GradC) is a higher education qualification at the same level as a bachelor's degree but more limited in scope, taking less time to complete - this might be a year, or as little as one term or semester.

The graduate certificate is positioned at Level 6 of The framework for higher education qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland,[2] and at Level 9[3] of The framework for qualifications of higher education institutions in Scotland.[4] In reference to the European Qualifications Framework, it is a 'first-cycle' qualification at the same level of knowledge and challenge as a first or Bachelor's degree but not involving the same depth and breadth of study. Successful students will typically demonstrate some, but not all, of the kinds of skills, knowledge and capabilities that would be expected for a Bachelor's candidate. Hence this certificate is not considered to be an 'end-of-cycle' qualification (it demonstrates only some of the 'first-cycle' learning outcomes).

Graduate certificates are available in a limited range of subjects that are typically work-related, for example psychology, management, counselling or law. See also graduate diploma.

No previous higher education qualifications are normally required for a course leading to a graduate certificate. This qualification should not be confused with postgraduate certificates or postgraduate diplomas,[5] which are usually taken by students who already have a first degree or equivalent.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, Glossary definition of 'graduate certificate', retrieved 2014-03-12 
  2. ^ Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, The framework for higher education qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (FHEQ), retrieved 2014-03-12 
  3. ^ Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Partnership, Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF), retrieved 2014-03-12 
  4. ^ Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, The framework for qualifications of higher education institutions in Scotland (FQHEIS), retrieved 2014-03-12 
  5. ^ Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, Quality Code, Chapter A1: The national level, retrieved 2014-03-12