Being one of the most common types by tertiary education institutions, Bachelor Degree is the first student degree with the diploma awarded in specific areas of concentration. The Bachelor-level programme is specifically aimed at school leavers who seek higher education.
Bachelor’s degree is the lowest academic degree when students earn their first qualification based on specific education programmes as adopted in countries with the Bologna system of tertiary education as well as in countries of the British Commonwealth.
Most common types of bachelor’s degree
Among the first tertiary education degrees the most common and popular are the Bachelor of Arts (B.A., BA, A.B., or AB) and Bachelor of Science (Bc., B.S., BS, B Sc, B.Sc. or BSc) against the total of other programmes. As a rule, the degrees are taken over three to four years of full time study. The Bachelor of Arts (BA) is awarded to students majoring in arts, history and languages making special reference to theoretical material. The BSc-level programme concentrates on more profound technical competence. Below find the most popular degrees to be noted:
|10.40 % ||Bachelor of science ||BSc|
|8.83 % ||Bachelor of arts ||BA|
|6.37 % ||Bachelor of business administration ||BBA, B.B.A.|
|4.31 % ||Bachelor of engineering ||B.Eng.|
|2.55 % ||Bachelor of education ||B.Ed|
|1.71 % ||Bachelor of law ||LL.B.|
|1.26 % ||Bachelor of nursing ||BN, BSN, BScN, BSc Nursing|
|1.22 % ||Bachelor of computer science ||BCompSc, BCS, BS CS|
|1.12 % ||Bachelor of medicine ||BM, BMed|
Each degree introduces a variety of specific areas of concentration. So, both programmers and chemists are awarded a Bachelor of Science degree.
Bachelor’s degree for international students
It is common practice to require a Secondary School Diploma and the English language proficiency certificate with exam results to be submitted. Each education institution is entitled to set its own minimal admission scores required for Bachelor-level programmes. Furthermore, tertiary education institutions might place optional requirements to applicants, namely testing or interviewing in vocation-related subjects, as well as the specific level of language proficiency of the country of study. In case the applicant’s scores are deemed as insufficient, she or he may start with attending pre-university courses to apply for the degree in the due time in future. Pre-university courses vary from centrally managed to those arranged by particular universities. Applicants who apply for centralized courses should previously check if the course credits are acknowledged by the university of choice.
Bachelor-level programme study
The duration for the Bachelor-level programme varies as to the particular tertiary education institution and in general it takes three to five years (six years in rare cases). The exception is the Bachelor of Medicine with five to six years of study with two years more for internship.
Most universities afford an opportunity for students to learn two bachelor-level programmes. This ends in getting two diplomas at the end of study (for example, Bachelor of Engineering in education).
Bachelor’s diploma is the first step in academic career to go onto further study or find an employment. The opportunities to change qualification or acquire an optional area of concentration vary from university to university. Some of them require applicants to go through the application process again and study with other students as applicable; the others offer part-time course for bachelors avoiding disciplines that have been earlier studied.
Career opportunities for bachelors
Graduates with the Bachelor diploma might apply for the Master’s degree. On top of it, bachelors with high academic records are permitted to get a Bachelor diploma with honors degree upon study for a year or two and participation in extensive scientific researches. This diploma qualifies the degree holder to apply for Master’s programme senior courses, or immediately go for the Doctor’s level degree. The holder of Bachelor’s diploma with Honors has higher chances to make a splendid academic career with several years in spare.
Bachelor-level programmes target both theoretical and practical materials. Thus, the credentialed bachelors are supposed to be achievement-oriented specialists in the job market.