Kingston University, in common with most UK universities, has a modular approach to the design of degree courses. This means that each degree course consists of a number of individual study units (modules) at each level of studyl. The same modules can be studied on different degree courses, but the overall configuration of modules is different for each course. Each degree course has a Programme Specification which is designed by the Course Directors in discussion with the senior faculty managers — Faculty Management Group (FMG), led by the Dean. The Programme Specification for your degree will be available on StudySpace, and should be read in conjunction with this Handbook.
The successful completion of each module means you will be awarded credit (the full technical term for this is Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) points). Each year, or level, you must achieve 120 CATS points before you can progress to the next level. To be awarded an honours degree you must achieve a total of 360 points (there are intermediary awards, such as Pass Degree, if you do not achieve this). The level of the degree you are awarded (that is, First Class, Upper Second, etc.), will be dependent upon the marks you achieve in your second and final year modules.
You will be joining a Kingston University course in the final year only and therefore will already have achieved the equivalent of two years of HE study, ie: 240 CATS points. In the final year top-up programme, you will take four modules which total a further 120 CATS points, giving you the required points to achieve your honours degree.