We are developing a wide range of country-specific equivalent entry qualifications for our courses – they can be found in the your country section of this website.
You are strongly advised to contact the College before making any formal application so that you will have all the information that you need to make the right choice for your individual career needs.
BSc(Hons) undergraduate applications to Sparsholt College will normally be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). But if you wish to make a single choice undergraduate application just to Sparsholt College and to no other institution in the UK, then you can use our international application form.
MSc postgraduate applications should made using our international application form
FdSc foundation degree applications to Sparsholt College will normally be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). But if you wish to make a single choice foundation degree application just to Sparsholt College and to no other institution in the UK, then you can use our international application form.
Level 3 Diploma course applications should made using our international application form.
Please contact the international office for all the information and help that you may need about making an application to study at the College.
UK qualifications explained
International students may be a little confused by some aspects of the way we describe our courses. For instance, the 2016 Sparsholt undergraduate and postgraduate prospectus talks about Levels 4, 5, and 6, where you might have expected to see Years 1,2, and 3. At the same time we also have actual Level 3 courses. You may have a clear understanding of BSc(Hons) undergraduate degree, but what are these Levels?
Well, in the context of how full-time undergraduate degrees are described in the prospectus, you can simply substitute Level with Year.
But Level also has another discrete meaning in our National Qualifications Framework (NQF), and more specifically at Sparsholt College:
Level 7 is an MSc Master’s degree taking one calendar year to complete full-time. According to the NQF, “Level 7 qualifications recognise highly developed, advanced and complex levels of knowledge which enable the development of in-depth and original responses to complicated and unpredictable problems and situations. Learning at this level involves the demonstration of high level specialist professional knowledge and is appropriate for senior professionals and senior managers.” An English Master’s qualification is recognised across the world.
Level 6 is a BSc(Hons) Bachelor’s degree, where (Hons) means that the degree is classified – First Class, Upper Second, Lower Second, Third… Sparsholt College undergraduate degrees take three years to complete full-time. According to the NQF, “Level 6 qualifications recognise a specialist high level knowledge of an area of work or study to enable the use of an individual’s own ideas and research in response to complex problems and situations. Learning at this level involves the achievement of a high level of professional knowledge and is appropriate for people working as knowledge-based professionals or in professional management positions. Often, registered professionals such as nurses, pharmacists, social workers, teachers and doctors enter their profession with a Level 6 qualification.” An English Bachelor’s degree is recognised across the world.
Level 5 is a FdSc foundation degree taking two years to complete full-time, though the FdSc Veterinary Nursing Science course takes three years to complete owing to its 60 weeks of work-based learning. According to the NQF, “ Level 5 qualifications recognise the ability to increase the depth of knowledge and understanding of an area of work or study to enable the formulation of solutions and responses to complex problems and situations. Learning at this level involves the demonstration of high levels of knowledge, a high level of work expertise in job roles and competence in managing and training others. Qualifications at this level are appropriate for people working as higher grade technicians, professionals or managers.” Although foundation degrees were introduced in 2001, and successful completion realises 120 (EU) ECTS credits and 240 (UK) CATS credits, there may still be some uncertainty about foundation degrees outside the Europe Union – for example, Norway does not recognise FdSc courses as being eligible for funding purposes.
Level 3 is a Level 3 Diploma – a similar qualification to the A level and the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB). According to the NQF, “Level 3 qualifications recognise the ability to gain, and where relevant apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding. Learning at this level involves obtaining detailed knowledge and skills. It is appropriate for people wishing to go to university, people working independently, or in some areas supervising and training others in their field of work.”