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A Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) is a
higher education qualification in the United Kingdom. It is awarded after two years of full-time
study at a university or other higher education institution and is rated as a Level 5 qualification
on both the Regulated Qualifications Framework and the European Qualifications Framework.==Overview==
The Diploma certifies that a student has achieved a minimum standard for 2nd Year courses in
science and liberal arts. If a student is undertaking a full Bachelor
of Arts, a Diploma of Higher Education marks two-thirds of their undergraduate degree. Thus allowing the British Diploma to rank
ahead of the American Associate of Arts (which in American parlance is a two-year undergraduate,
or half of a BA/BS). That being said, American universities generally
consider UK Diplomas equivalent to a college level Associate of Arts even though a British
student typically holds more credit hours (and therefore more study time) in the arts,
humanities and/or sciences. In the United Kingdom, the Diploma is also
the academic equivalent of the more vocational Higher National Diploma, awarded following
further education and training courses. In Scotland, a DipHE is worth 240 credit points
(at least 120 at Level 7 and at least 80 at Level 8) on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications
Framework. (As a guide an ordinary degree is worth 360
credit points and an Honours degree is worth 480 credit points.) They are accredited by the universities, except
in the case of nurse and community and youth work education where the curriculum is prescribed
by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, students are permitted to use the postnominals DipHE
after their name, sometimes followed by the course name in brackets and the University
from which they earned their qualification. Sometimes, having a DipHE can exempt the holder
from some of the requirements of a bachelor’s degree; for example, it might reduce the length
of study or number of courses necessary to complete the qualification. This typically allows a Diploma holder to
obtain a BA/BSc in one-third of the time. Diplomas are generally awarded on a pass/fail
basis, and occasionally are awarded with honours when a student has distinguished themself. The two highest honours are Merit and Distinction.==See also==
Certificate of Higher Education Diploma
Higher diploma

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