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Creating a part-time undergraduate course - Term dates

Course duration


It is important that you submit an accurate course duration as this affects the funding entitlement of your students.

For part-time undergraduate courses you should enter the 'full-time equivalent' (FTE) duration of the part-time course you are submitting. You should not enter the duration of the part-time course itself.

If you do not have a full-time version of the course, you should enter the duration that the full-time course would be, if there were one. For example, a degree is ordinarily completed within 3 years when studied full time. Therefore, where you have a part-time degree course but no full-time version, you should add your part-time course as 3 years FTE.

When you enter a part-time undergraduate course, you can choose a duration of either 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 years full-time equivalent:

  • part-time courses with a duration of 1 year FTE – can be studied up to 4 years
  • part-time courses with a duration of 2 years FTE – can be studied up to 8 years
  • part-time courses with a duration of 3 years FTE – can be studied up to 12 years
  • part-time courses with a duration of 4 years FTE – can be studied up to 16 years
  • part-time courses with a duration of 5 years FTE – can be studied up to 16 years
  • part-time courses with a duration of 6 years FTE – can be studied up to 16 years

It is your responsibility to ensure your students are aware of the actual duration of the part-time course they will be attending.


Common durations of full-time courses

Ordinary full-time duration – 1 year:

  • Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)
  • Higher National Certificate (HNC)
  • Honours degree (1-year top-up)
  • Honours degree (1-year intercalation)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

Ordinary full-time duration – 2 years:

  • Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • Higher National Diploma (HND)
  • Foundation degree
  • Honours degree (2-year top-up)
  • Honours degree (condensed)

Ordinary full-time duration – 3 years:

  • Ordinary degree
  • Honours degree (full course)

Ordinary full-time duration – 4 years:

  • Honours degree (with integral foundation year)
  • Honours degree (with integral placement year)
  • Honours degree (with study abroad year)
  • Integrated master’s degree

Ordinary full-time duration – 5 years:

  • Honours degree (with integral foundation year and integral placement year)
  • Honours degree (with integral foundation year and study abroad year)

Scenarios for deciding part-time course duration

Scenario 1

BA degree studied part-time over 6 years with the full-time version of the course completed in 3 years.

You should add this course to CMS with a duration of 3 years full-time equivalent.

 

Scenario 2

Integrated master’s studied part-time over 6 years with the full-time version of the course completed in 4 years.

You should add this course to CMS with a duration of 4 years full-time equivalent.

 

Scenario 3

HND studied part-time over 4 years with no full-time version.

The normal length that it takes to complete a full-time HND is 2 years. Therefore, you should add this course to CMS with a duration of 2 years full-time equivalent.


Scenario 4

BA (hons) degree studied part-time over 7 years with no full-time version.

The normal length that it takes to complete a full-time BA (hons) degree is 3 years. Therefore, you should add this course to CMS with a duration of 3 years full-time equivalent.


Fixed durations

If you offer part-time courses with a fixed duration (for example a 15-month or 18-month course), you should add these to CMS with a 1 year FTE duration.

This will ensure your students receive the correct level of funding.

Do not split out these courses (for example, one course for year 1 and another course for year 2).


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