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    I'm currently in my first year of a-levels and trying to narrow down some course options. I'm hoping to study either Marine biology or Biochemistry at UNI. When I was using the course selector on the unistats website it has a section that mentions accreditation, but doesn't give a satisfying explanation as to how important it is. Can anyone explain it in more detail? Thanks for your help.
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    (Original post by Kealan Tate)
    I'm currently in my first year of a-levels and trying to narrow down some course options. I'm hoping to study either Marine biology or Biochemistry at UNI. When I was using the course selector on the unistats website it has a section that mentions accreditation, but doesn't give a satisfying explanation as to how important it is. Can anyone explain it in more detail? Thanks for your help.
    If it refers to a degree, then it means that the course content, delivery, assessment methods etc, have been reviewed by someone external to the university who has determined that it meets the correct standard for university education in the UK.

    If a course is unaccredited, then the usual explanation is that it is new and is awaiting accreditation before the start of the academic year. Beware that unaccredited degrees may also have failed the accreditaton process, or not have been submitted for it in the first place.

    Accredited organisations in the UK, are those which have the legal power to award degrees. Most of these in the UK are universities. If an organisation is unaccredited, then it cannot legally offer degrees unless it is affiliated with another organisation which can - in which case the degree would be formally awarded by the latter, and not by the place where the degree was taught.
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    (Original post by Kealan Tate)
    I'm currently in my first year of a-levels and trying to narrow down some course options. I'm hoping to study either Marine biology or Biochemistry at UNI. When I was using the course selector on the unistats website it has a section that mentions accreditation, but doesn't give a satisfying explanation as to how important it is. Can anyone explain it in more detail? Thanks for your help.
    Accreditation can also be awarded by appropriately competent industry bodies - eg the various engineering councils/institutions for engineering degrees.

    It may or may not be relevant for your specific courses.

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