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What is CATS?

The Credit Accumulation and Transfer Programme (CATS) gives you the opportunity to select different subject areas to develop an individual but coherent programme that suits your own needs.

The purpose of the programme is to offer the flexibility for getting onto and studying higher education programmes and gaining higher education qualifications.

The flexibility of CATS is also valued by students who take up a period of study at UH as part of an organised Exchange Programme.

The University's Flexible Credit Framework (FCF) uses the CATS programme to register students entering the framework to gain an award.

Why study CATS?

Some of the reasons to choose the CATS programme at the University of Hertfordshire:

• an extremely flexible programme that lets you combine modules from different subject areas across the University to develop a programme to suit your specific needs

• you can study on a full-time or part-time basis and choose a combination of subjects not offered on another programme. The flexibility of both how and what you may study suits many peoples' lifestyles

• CATS is flexible in the type of qualification it lets you aim for. The individual modules which make up your programme may be undertaken without aiming for an award, allowing you to update your knowledge or just try out a new area of study for interest's sake


• it may also be possible for you to claim credit for appropriate previous learning, whether through study or experience, through the CATS programme.

How does CATS work?

As a CATS student you have access to most of the undergraduate and postgraduate subject areas of the University, and you may combine modules from different subject areas to develop your programme.

For each module you complete (if you choose to complete the assessment- this is not a requirement to study) you will be awarded credit points. Each module can count for a specific number of credits if you pass.

Modules can either last one academic year (double module) or one semester (single module). Each single module is worth 15 credit points and a double module is worth 30 credit points.

If you want to gain a qualification then you can build up to it by accumulating credit points. However, an award is not just the accumulation of credit points.

Generally speaking, the higher the qualification, the more credits you will require. For example at undergraduate levels:

120 credits

for a Certificate of Higher Education 240 credits

for a Diploma of Higher Education 360 credits

for an Honours Degree Credits continue up to Postgraduate level.

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