Teaching

Credit Framework for Taught Programmes

Annex 4: Minimum Credit Requirements for Awards

Information for Students, Teachers and Examiners

(Approved by Senate on 28 November 2001 and including all revisions up to March 2019)

1. In order to be eligible for the award of a certificate, diploma or degree by the University, a student must obtain at least the minimum number of credits at the levels prescribed for the award in question, as set out below, and must meet any further requirements specified for the particular programme of study and award concerned unless he/she has been granted exemption from these requirements via credit transfer (see Annex 3).

2. It should be noted that many programmes of study require that the student should obtain more than the minimum number of credits specified below. For example, while most Honours degree programmes require three years of full time study of modules amounting to the minimum of 360 credits for an Honours degree, others require four years of full time study of modules amounting to 480 credits and students taking such programmes are required to obtain 480 credits to qualify for the award.

3. When an award is delivered through a Dual Award/Multiple Award arrangement, 50% of the standard Kent minimum credit requirements for awards must be University of Kent credits.

4. The Education Board is authorised to approve exceptions to the requirements listed below of no more than 30 credits at each level, the total number of credits for the award remaining the same, provided that it is satisfied that there is good reason to do so.

5. The minimum requirements for awards are as follows:

Award

Minimum number of credits required

Levels

Certificate/Certificate of Higher Education

120

At least 120 credits at level 4 or above

Diploma

120

At least 90 credits at level 5 or above

* BTEC Higher National Diploma

240

At least 135 credits at level 5 and at least 90 credits at level 4

* BTEC Higher National Certificate

120

At least 90 credits at level 4

Diploma of Higher Education

240

At least 90 credits at level 5 or above

Foundation degree

240

At least 90 credits at level 5 or above

Non-Honours degree

300

At least 150 credits at level 5 or above including at least 60 credits at level 6 or above at Stage 3

Honours degree

360

At least 210 credits at level 5 or above including at least 90 credits at level 6 or above at Stage 31

Honours degree top-up

120

At least 90 credits at level 6 or above, and awarded as part of the top-up degree itself

Integrated Master's degree

480

At least 330 credits at level 5 or above including at least 120 credits at level 7

Graduate Certificate

60

At least 40 credits at level 6 or above

Graduate Diploma

120

At least 80 credits at level 6 or above

Postgraduate Certificate

60

At least 40 credits at level 7

Postgraduate Diploma

120

At least 90 credits at level 7

MA/MSc/LLM/MBA/MFA

180

At least 150 credits at level 7

Taught MPhil

360

At least 240 credits at level 7

Taught/Professional Doctorate

540

At least 510 credits at level 7 or above including at least 360 credits at level 8

Note 1: This reflects Pearson's2 credit requirements for HNs from September 2010. For HNC/HND awards where student registration commenced prior to 31 December 2010, the minimum credit requirements were:

Higher National Diploma

240

At least 90 credits at level 5 or above

Higher National Certificate

150

At least 30 credits at level 5 or above



1. Where an honours degree programme is taken over four stages, at least 90 credits at level 6 or above must be taken in the final stage.
2. Formerly Edexcel

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