An alternative to BSc (Hons)

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What is a BSc (Hons)?

A Bachelor of Science with Honours, otherwise known as a BSc (Hons) is a highly respected qualification in the academic world. In addition to this, it is one of the most well-known qualifications available. However, it is not the only way to achieve an educational award. In the UK there are 9 different levels of qualification. Each different level is represented by a number of different styles of education. A BSc (Hons) degree is equivalent to a level six qualification.


How to get a BSc (Hons)

A Bachelor of Science with Honours is achieved through attending a university course, specifically related to science or technology. All courses will be listed as BSc (Hons) so you will know if the course you are applying for is considered topical to science or technology. University courses are very popular and getting a place can be very tricky. You need to make sure you meet the University’s specific entry requirements. This is often two or more a Levels above an E grade. Then you will need to go through the interview process. This is the method the university uses to make sure they choose the right candidates to represent their courses.


On average a full-time university degree course can take between 3 to 4 years to complete. Lecturers will aim to develop your analytical, intellectual, and writing skills. You will be asked to complete multiple assignments and depending on your course, a final project. Final projects usually come in the form of dissertations. These can be projects of over 10,000 words. These are used to test all that you have learnt, and on completion, reflect what you have achieved.


What BSc (Hons) alternatives are there?

If you are looking to achieve qualification but do not wish to take a university course, there are other level 6 courses available. For example, you could take a level 6 certificate, diploma or NVQ. The majority of these courses are hosted online, so are considered much more accessible. Moreover, the application process is a lot easier. These courses don’t often come with strict entry requirements, and most don’t need an interview beforehand. Furthermore, all these elements make these courses a suitable alternative to a university degree. Therefore, if you want a BSc (Hons) level degree without university, there are plenty of other choices for you.


Where can you take a level 6 NVQ?

There are plenty of options available for anyone looking to study for a level 6 qualification. One of these is the College of Contract Management. In addition to their level 6 NVQ they also offer certificate courses and diplomas. All their lectures are delivered via live video call. This means you still get the classroom experience of university, without the fees and travel. Furthermore the lectures are delivered by experienced professionals who encourage discussion and help support and motivate your learning.


Another benefit of learning online as opposed to attending university it the duration and cost. More often than not, due to the reduced need for resource, online courses are considerably cheaper. In addition to this, you save money on travel and potential accommodation fees as you are able to learn from the comfort of your own home. Online courses such as NVQ’s tend to take a lot less time to complete than a BSc (hons). The primary reason for this is the content covered. NVQ’s tend to focus on a more direct delivery. University degrees cover multiple areas within a topic, whereas an NVQ might only focus on one area but give you a comprehensive cover.



If you are looking to further your education without attending university, there are still options available for you. Each course is different in the way in which is delivers its content. For you to get the most out of a course you need to explore which option would be best. Institutes such as the College of Contract Management have a wide variety of courses available for you to choose from. With providers such as them, it is possible for you to achieve a BSc (Hons) equivalent from the comfort of your own home.


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