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What's a credit?

See also Credit and CATs

Credit is a measure of the quantity of learning contained in a module or course. Students are awarded credits when they complete and pass a module, that is they achieve the learning outcomes at a threshold level. The number of credits awarded is the same for every student who passes the module and extra credits cannot be given to reward good or excellent performance. The level of achievement in a module - how well a student has done - is captured in the module mark.

Credit does not tell you how "difficult" a module is - this is captured by the level of the module. Most modules at Warwick are at one of five levels:

  • level 4 [formerly level C ("certificate"), aka HE level 1] - equivalent to the first year of a full-time undergraduate degree
  • level 5 [level I ("intermediate"), aka HE level 2] - equivalent to the second year of a full-time undergraduate degree
  • level 6 [level H ("honours"), aka HE level 3] - equivalent to the third/final year of a full-time undergraduate degree
  • level 7 [level M ("masters"), aka HE level 4] - describes most modules on taught postgraduate courses
  • level 8 [level D ("doctoral"), aka HE level 5] - used to describe the level of learning represented by a doctoral qualification; few Warwick modules are at this level, as the PhD is not a modular course

Academic credit in higher education in England is an introductory guide published by QAA and HEFCE.