British schools and universities stretch students to reach their maximum potential, academically, culturally and at sports
British Qualifications are acknowledged around the globe and offer career advantages
A British degree is the first step for the future success of your child
British Schools and Universities are at the top of world league tables
British schools teach students to question, to think and to work independently
British education prepares students for life after school and university

Types of degrees & degree classification

The most common form of degree undertaken in the UK is an undergraduate or Bachelor’s degree which typically lasts between three and four years.

British undergraduate degrees have a strict classification system:

  • First class (the highest grade and one that few manage to achieve) “1st”;
  • Upper second class (the second highest grade and the one that is most commonly awarded) “2:1”;
  • Lower second class “2:2”;
  • Third class “3rd”.


After the undergraduate degree comes the option of a Master's programme. These tend to be slightly shorter in duration - usually lasting between 1 and 2 years - but are pitched at a higher intellectual level. This form of degree is for a student who has already completed a Bachelor's degree and wishes to develop an area of interest in more depth.

The final degree in the British hierarchy is the prestigious doctorate degree, abbreviated as PhD which tends to follow a Master’s. These are best described as long research projects in which the student pushes the boundaries in an area of academic of their choice. It is a serious long term commitment lasting anywhere between three and five years.

Higher education in the UK

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