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What’s an accelerated degree?

Accelerated degrees let you fast-track your study and graduate in just two years.

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  1. What are accelerated degrees all about?

  2. What are the pros and cons of doing an accelerated degree?

  3. Which universities offer fast-track courses?

What are accelerated degrees all about?

Accelerated degrees (also known as two-year degrees, or three-year degrees in Scotland) are full bachelor’s degrees (undergraduate courses) you can complete in a condensed time period.

They have the same amount of course content as traditional degrees, but you'll have shorter and fewer holidays so you can complete the course quicker. Course structures will vary from university to university.

What are the pros and cons of doing an accelerated degree?

Fast-tracking your degree means you can graduate and start your career sooner. You may also save money on course fees and at least a whole year's accommodation costs.

On the other hand, a busier course means you'll have less time for other things, like part-time work or summer jobs and work experience. You'll also have to sacrifice part of your holidays.

Which universities offer fast-track courses?

UK universities currently offering accelerated degrees include:

  • Staffordshire University
  • University of Salford
  • London Metropolitan University
  • University of Greenwich
  • Middlesex University
  • University of Gloucestershire
  • Leeds Beckett University
  • University of Buckingham

Entry requirements vary across universities and courses, so make sure you do your research before applying. Students on accelerated degrees are generally also allowed to transfer onto an equivalent three-year degree (four years in Scotland).

Always check these opportunities are available before making a commitment and check funding and loans. Most students on accelerated degrees qualify for higher levels of student living costs loan because of the increased number of weeks study in an academic year (40 weeks rather than 30).

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