An associate’s degree is an academic program taken at the undergraduate level. It aims to give students the basic technical and academic knowledge and transferable skills they need to go on to employment or further study in their chosen field. Both bachelor’s degrees and associate’s degrees are categorized as “undergraduate” degrees. This means they are both open to students as soon as they complete secondary level education. In contrast “postgraduate” degrees, such as master’s or PhD programs, require students to have already completed a bachelor’s-level program
- HEC Recognized Qualification
- Equivalent to 14-years Bachelor’s Degree
In order to gain either qualification, you’ll need to complete a specified number of study hours or course credits. This may vary slightly depending on the institution and location, but an associate’s degree usually takes two years to complete full time. This equates to minimum 60 credit hours as opposed to the 130+ hours required for a bachelor’s degree – which takes about four years to complete full time.