Studying for credits and Certificates and Diplomas of Higher Education

Studying towards credits                    

All credit-bearing short courses are placed at a specific University level and SCQF level. The level of the course indicates its overall intellectual demands within the framework of awards offered by Scottish universities. Most credit-bearing short courses are at University level 1, i.e. their level is equivalent to that of a first-year undergraduate course at the University of Glasgow. Because the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework (SCQF) starts with school- level qualifications, University level 1 equates to SCQF level 7.

The credit rating of your course is related to the notional student effort required by an average student to successfully meet the intended learning outcomes, including attendance at lectures/seminars, reading and reflection, preparation and completion of assessed tasks, visits and field trips. For every 100 hours of student effort, ten credits are allocated to the credit rating of the course. So, for example, The Psychology of Addictions is a 20- credit course, indicating that an ‘average’ student would spend about 200 hours altogether on all academic activities associated with the course.

Certificate and Diploma in Higher Education

Some students may wish to work towards a Certificate or Diploma in Higher Education (CertHE or DipHE). Students who are on track to attain sufficient credits for an award during AY 2019-20 should contact the Short Courses Quality Officer, Dr Janice Ross ( ) early in the relevant teaching block, to indicate that they want to receive their award, subject to meeting the requirements of the relevant programme for the Certificate or Diploma.  Students’ awards will be formally approved by the Short Courses Board of Examiners (which meets 3-4 times per year). 

Short Courses offers programmes of study leading to the following University awards:

Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education

CertHE (Art History)

Cert HE in Egyptology (Language)

CertHE in Egyptology (Material Culture)

DipHE in Egyptology

CertHE (History)

CertHE in Psychology

CertHE/DipHE (Creative Writing)

Further Information on the Certificates and Diplomas available through Short Courses can be found here

In order to gain a Certificate, students need 120 credits at level 1 (or above) and they must achieve a minimum grade point average (GPA of 9) and meet the specific Certificate criteria. In order to gain a Diploma, students need 240 credits, 160 credits at level 1 and 80 at level 2 (or above) and they must achieve a minimum grade point average (GPA of 9) and meet the specific Diploma criteria. The awards may be awarded with Merit (GPA between 12 and 14.9) or Distinction (GPA of 15 or higher). Full details on this can be found in the University Regulations

Transfer of credit

Students are normally able to transfer credit from other institutions to use towards a Certificate and Diploma of Higher Education. The proposed credit transfer must be at an appropriate level, be no more than five years old (normally) and cannot have been used towards any other final award. Conversely, students may find that they can transfer credit towards another University of Glasgow award, or award from another institution. Information on Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) can be found at:- Initial enquiries should be e-mailed to .


Using credits for entry to undergraduate study at University of Glasgow

We appreciate that a few students may be planning to use credit-bearing courses to apply via UCAS for undergraduate entry.

Such students should contact the Short Courses Advice and Guidance Manager Irene Vezza  by mid-November 2019 at the latest so they can be given support to complete their UCAS application. These students may require a reference from their tutors for UCAS purposes. Further details and guidance on UCAS applications is available on the Moodle page ‘Credit courses students’ common room’

Entry requirements can vary depending on agreements with Admissions but in some cases 40 credits in certain subjects at grade A may be accepted for entry. This is subject to annual agreement with Admissions.