difference between scottish and english degrees

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i was wondering y is the length of degrees in Scotland more than in England. The MEng and BEng r 5 and 4 years respectively which is comparable to US and rest of Europe. It looks like the scottish degrees r more comprehensive then english ones which r narrow.
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not the case.
the scottish school system, highers, lets you graduate with 17, whilst your usually 18 with A-Levels and thus have one more year in college. The extra year compensates for this, is very general, and your allowed to change subjects a lot etc. in fact you can usually enter straight into 2nd year if you have relevant A-levels.
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A levels are more specialised than the standard High School Diploma/Scottish Highers/Baccalaureate. Spend two years studying only 3 or 4 subjects and you don't need that extra year at uni.

Plus a standard Scottish degree is a masters, rather than a bachelors.
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(Original post by addh)
i was wondering y is the length of degrees in Scotland more than in England. The MEng and BEng r 5 and 4 years respectively which is comparable to US and rest of Europe. It looks like the scottish degrees r more comprehensive then english ones which r narrow.
The MEng is a Masters degree while the BEng is a Bachelor degree. I'd have to point out though that many if not most Scottish students continue to do Scottish Advanced Highers before applying to University.
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Scottish education has always been different from English education. A Scottish degree is designed to start at an earlier level than an English one and at the end you should have covered about the same material.

So a Scottish MEng or BEng = and English MEng or BEng.

(Original post by Callum828)
Plus a standard Scottish degree is a masters, rather than a bachelors.
No it's not.
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Don't know but Scottish degrees are long and hard and keep you up all night :sexface:




(... in the library :emo:)
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People really should be more aware of the way Scottish Education works if they plan to study here, I'm fed up of hearing Non-Scottish students & even Scots with Adv Highers complain about how much old stuff is covered in 1st year
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(Original post by devstudies)
not the case.
the scottish school system, highers, lets you graduate with 17, whilst your usually 18 with A-Levels and thus have one more year in college. The extra year compensates for this, is very general, and your allowed to change subjects a lot etc. in fact you can usually enter straight into 2nd year if you have relevant A-levels.
• You don't graduate until you've got your degree.
• People finish their Highers at 16.
• Most degrees offer second year entry for those with Advanced Highers or A-levels.
• You can't change subjects a lot, but it does mean you change your degree more easily.
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(Original post by ZombieCharge)
• You don't graduate until you've got your degree.
• People finish their Highers at 16.
• Most degrees offer second year entry for those with Advanced Highers or A-levels.
• You can't change subjects a lot, but it does mean you change your degree more easily.
okay, i think i got my terminology mixed up, my bad.
anyway from my experience as someone that has a levels and is about to finish the 4 year degree ...
people are usually starting with 17, whilst in england they start with 18.
and it is really easy to switch subjects. i did. i needed to retake one first year module in 2nd year, thats it. (for comparison you usually do 6 first year modules when i did it)
the 2nd year entry is precisely the point, those that stayed in school a year longer skip a year of uni, hence my point that the 1st of the 4 years can be seen as more equivalent to A2

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No it's not.
it is in the social sciences and humanities at the ancient unis, but in name only. its equivalent to a BA hons.
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(Original post by craftySnake)
People really should be more aware of the way Scottish Education works if they plan to study here, I'm fed up of hearing Non-Scottish students & even Scots with Adv Highers complain about how much old stuff is covered in 1st year
I'm a Scottish student who never did any Adv Highers and I've still found that a lot of old stuff is covered
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(Original post by Vitamin D)
I'm a Scottish student who never did any Adv Highers and I've still found that a lot of old stuff is covered
Really? I found that the subject that covered a lot of stuff I had met before was vectors in maths, but they went into more detail and I got more of an understanding of it. :-) And it
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That's not true, I have a BSc from a Scottish uni. The Masters is more advanced.
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