How the modular system works
BY University of Reading 1 September 2016
The University's undergraduate and taught postgraduate degrees all operate on a modular system, intended to give you greater flexibility and choice.
How does the system work?
At the beginning of each Part of your programme, you register for specific modules, each of which carries a credit-weighting. The majority of modules are worth 10 or 20 credits, although projects or dissertations may have a higher credit value.
What is a 'credit'?
Each credit equates approximately to 10 hours of work (including all contact hours such as lectures or classes, as well as further reading and any assessments) for the average student.
How many credits is my course worth?
Normally, each Part of an undergraduate programme has a total of 120 credits and each programme has 360 credits in total for a three-year degree or 480 for a four-year degree. Taught postgraduate programmes normally have a total of 180 credits.
At the end of the programme, you will receive a document called a Diploma Supplement, which will provide details of your degree programme, including a transcript of the modules taken and your marks.
What is a module's 'level'?
Modules are placed at particular Levels, which in general correspond to the Parts of your programme. For example, for undergraduate programmes Level 1 modules are taught in Part 1. Occasionally some modules may be taught to students at a slightly higher or lower level, and you may find in Part 3 that you are taught a module which is placed at the 'M', or Masters, Level. In general, for taught postgraduate programmes, modules will be placed at the 'M Level'.
Will I gain a qualification if I leave the University before completing my course?Both undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes have built in ‘stepping-off points’, so that students who leave the University, for whatever reason, may still gain a qualification.
- 120 credits (Undergraduate) – University Certificate in Higher Education
- 240 credits (Undergraduate) – Diploma in Higher Education
- 60 credits (Postgraduate) – Postgraduate Certificate
- 120 credits (Post graduate) –Postgraduate Diploma