Our programmes are designed to provide you with options to start learning at a level that suits you. We offer you the potential to progress naturally in your chosen area of study, from taster sessions, accredited courses, Certificates and Diplomas to a Part-time Humanities Degree.

Credits and level of study

Credits are nationally recognised qualifications and can be used towards HE awards such as Certificate, Diploma or Degree.  Swansea University uses the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ) definitions as this enables recognition and comparison of achievements from all types of education and training activity.

  • FHEQ level 3 modules are at A level/foundation standard;

  • FHEQ level 4 modules are equivalent to the standard taught at the first year of a degree;

  • FHEQ level 5 modules are equivalent to the standard taught at the second year of a degree.

If you successfully undertake assessment, you will be awarded credits to confirm your achievement.  As you progress you can gain the following awards:

  • With 120 credits at level 4, you will be awarded a Certificate of Higher Education;

  • With 120 credits at level 5, you will be awarded the Diploma of Higher Education (you will need to already have a Certificate of HE or equivalent).

When you achieve credits, Swansea University recognises that you have successfully completed a module of study and HEFCW (Higher Education Funding Council for Wales) supports the module financially. 

It is possible to use our modules to progress on to an undergraduate programme.  They provide recent evidence of your ability to study at degree level, whether or not you have studied at ‘A’ level in the past.  If you wish any modules to be credited towards your degree they will have to match modules within the degree programme.  If you are thinking about going on to study an undergraduate degree it is a good idea to speak to one of our BA Humanities Part-time Degree team.

Those who achieve a Swansea University Certificate or Diploma will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony to receive their award.