c. What do ‘undergraduate’ and postgraduate’ mean?
An undergraduate student is a student who is studying for his/her first degree (usually entitled Bachelor of Arts [BA] or Bachelor of Science [BSc]). There are three levels of undergraduate study equating to first-year, second-year and third-year study. Once the student has a first degree, he/she is called a graduate and may choose to take a higher qualification (e.g. a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Master’s Degree, PhD etc.). He/she will then be called a postgraduate student.
Here at the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education, we offer a number of part-time qualifications at undergraduate and postgraduate level, namely:
- Undergraduate Certificates, Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas
- Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas
- Master of Studies (MSt) degrees
These carry credits within the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (FHEQ).
Levels of study
FHEQ level 4 = first-year undergraduate-level study (Undergraduate Certificate)
FHEQ level 5 = second-year undergraduate-level study (Undergraduate Diploma)
FHEQ level 6 = third-year undergraduate-level study (Undergraduate Advanced Diploma)
FHEQ level 7 = postgraduate-level study (Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma, Master’s Degree)