17. How many credits for an undergraduate degree?
If you’re preparing to become an international student and pursue a degree in Ireland, it’s important you figure out how credits are awarded at Irish universities in terms of ECTS (European Credits Transfer Scheme).
The National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) is a system of 10 levels which allows the different standards and levels qualifications to be compared.
According to the QQI website, qualifications frameworks describe the qualifications of an education and training system and how they interlink. Over 150 countries are now developing, or have developed, a national qualifications framework.
NFQ has outlined the following credits:
- level 7 degree = 180 ECTS
- level 8 degree = 240 ECTS
A masters would equal 90-120 ECTS. It is a measurement of the workload to be completed by students in order for them to pass /graduate and progress further.
18. How to get an undergraduate degree?
This is a good question and there are so many answers as it doesn’t have to be conditioned by your leaving certificate. However, you can get an undergraduate degree through your grades in your leaving certificate. This is the most common form and most emphasised by schools. You can also do it through a FETAC LEVEL 5/6 course in either a secondary school or institute of technology – where if you pass the one-year course, you can enter college through the CAO. You can do governmental schemes that help people get back into education and you can do apprenticeships and use your skill as a base to do an undergraduate degree to help boost your career opportunities.
19 How to get into business school undergraduate programmes?
You can apply through the CAO form application of students in leaving certificate. You can also contact the college directly and meet with the academic coordinator to talk you through your options and if you are an international student, ensure that you meet the requirements of the Irish system like the level of English for example.
At Galway Business School, we can arrange to meet you to answer any questions you may have and assist you through the application process. Find out more about the application process here.
20. What if my English level isn’t good to study an undergraduate degree?
At Galway Business School, we have a sister company called Galway Cultural Institute (GCI), where you can study English courses and improve your English to a high standard. From here, you can then enter into GBS and study your undergraduate business degree. GBS/GCI will support you in your studies either way and you will be a great addition.
We also offer pathway courses for our international students wishing to access higher education programmes in Ireland. Pathway programmes generally last one academic year, and they do not end with a degree.
Hopefully, from reading this blog post, it has made things easier to understand. It is not that complicated once you experience it for yourself.
Galway Business School have an amazing support system for all students of all ages as the GBS team are always there to answer your questions and give you guidance along the way. It is an amazing achievement when you graduate your undergraduate degree and the ability to progress further is a new opportunity, you may not have ever considered – so invest in your future!