Does a PGCert “outrank” a BSc(Hons)?

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CTLeafez
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If someone was awarded a BSc (Hons) (360 credits, 120 from Level 4-6).

Once they earn a PGCert (60 credits from Level 7 modules), is this now their highest qualification?

May seem like a silly question but it’s causing a debate amongst my friends.

I could see it both ways... The BSc is a degree, while the PGCert is a certificate, but a lower level at that.
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(Original post by CTLeafez)
If someone was awarded a BSc (Hons) (360 credits, 120 from Level 4-6).

Once they earn a PGCert (60 credits from Level 7 modules), is this now their highest qualification?

May seem like a silly question but it’s causing a debate amongst my friends.

I could see it both ways... The BSc is a degree, while the PGCert is a certificate, but a lower level at that.
It does, but only just. A BSc would be a level 6 qualification, while a PgCert is a level 7, so would be a person's highest qualification to date.

The term 'certificate' may be the point of confusion, but it's still higher in the rankings than a BSc (although its value is debatable in terms of employability etc).
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it's still higher in the rankings than a BSc (although its value is debatable in terms of employability etc).
You’d say having a PGCert actually makes you less employable compared to someone with a BSc?
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You’d say having a PGCert actually makes you less employable compared to someone with a BSc?
I wouldn't quite go that far, but some employers may not see someone with a BSc + PgCert as being worth substantially more in terms of knowledge than someone with just a BSc, and therefore it doesn't give much of an edge/advantage.
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You’d say having a PGCert actually makes you less employable compared to someone with a BSc?
Many employers will see a PGCert as a failed Masters degree. So when looking at two candidates, as an employer who values postgraduate skills (and that's very few, ie those that value, but don't ask for), they have one applicant who can't pass a Masters and one candidate who they have no information on. So it all boils down to the personal approach of the individual doing a the assessment - how do they balance up those two circumstances.
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