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Bachelor

Descriptor

1st cycle: Bachelor

First cycle degrees are awarded to students who …

Knowledge and understanding:

… have demonstrated knowledge and understanding in a field of study that builds upon and supersedes their general secondary education, and is typically at a level that, whilst supported by advanced textbooks, includes some aspects that will be informed by knowledge of the forefront of their field of study;

Applying knowledge and understanding:

… can apply their knowledge and understanding in a manner that indicates a professional approach to their work or vocation, and have competences typically demonstrated through devising and sustaining arguments and solving problems within their field of study;

Making judgements:

… have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data (usually within their field of study) to inform judgements that include reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical issues;

Communication skills:

… can communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences;

Learning skills:

… have developed those learning skills that are necessary for them to continue to undertake further study with a high degree of autonomy.

(Dublin Descriptor / Joint Quality Initiative)

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Admission Criteria

1st cycle: Bachelor

Universities:

  • Federally recognised Maturity Certificate
  • Further admission tracks:

    • Federally recognised Vocational Maturity Certificate + additional examination offered by the State Secretariat for Education and Research
    • Final degree of a university of applied sciences
    • Final degree of a university of teacher education

Universities of Applied Sciences:

  • Federally recognised Vocational Maturity Certificate
  • Further admission tracks:

    • Federally recognised Maturity Certificate + at least 1 year work experience relevant to the chosen branch of study
    • Federally recognised Specialised Maturity Certificate
    • Final degree of a university
    • Final degree of a university of teacher education
    • Other preparatory education judged equivalent

  • and – if required – additional criteria (aptitude check)

Universities of Teacher Education:

  • Federally recognised Maturity Certificate
  • Further admission tracks:

    • Federally recognised Vocational Maturity Certificate + additional examination offered by the State Secretariat for Education and Research or additional examination offered by the university of teacher education
    • Teaching diploma recognised by the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education
    • Final degree of a university of applied sciences
    • Recognised Specialised Maturity Certificate for the pedagogical professional field
    • Final certificate of a recognised specialised middle school + additional examination offered by the university of teacher education
    • Final certificate of a recognised apprenticeship (minimal length 3 years) and several years of work experience + additional examination offered by the university of teacher education

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Volume/Length

1st cycle: Bachelor

Bachelor: 180 ECTS-Credits (regulated in the Bologna Directives of the Swiss Universities Conference resp. of the Universities of Applied Sciences Council of the EDK/CDIP)

University of Applied Sciences Diploma (before the Bologna-Reform): at least  6 semesters

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Qualifications

1st cycle: Bachelor

Qualifications after the Bologna ReformIn addition to the Bologna title the awarding institution and the branch of study is mentioned.

 

TitleAbbreviation
Bachelor of TheologyB Th

Bachelor of Law

B Law

Bachelor of Medicine

B Med

Bachelor of Dental Medicine

B Dent Med

Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine

B Vet Med

Bachelor of Arts

B A

Bachelor of Science

B Sc

Bachelor qualifications of the Swiss universities

Qualifications before the Bologna Reform

Before the Bologna Reform no university degree existed at this level.

Former qualifications of the universities of applied sciences:

GermanFrenchItalian
Diplom FHDiplôme HESDiploma SUP
Sozialarbeiterin FH/Sozialarbeiter FHAssistant social HES/Assistante sociale HESt

Operatore sociale SUP

Sozialpädagogin FH/Sozialpädagoge FHEducateur social HES/Educatrice sociale HES-
Soziokulturelle Animatorin FH /Soziokultureller Animator FHAnimateur socioculturel HES/Animatrice socioculturelle HES-
Diplomierte in Sozialer Arbeit FH/Diplomierter in Sozialer Arbeit FHDiplômé HES en travail social/Diplômée HES en travail social-
Theaterschaffende TH/Theaterschaffender THDiplômé HES en arts de la scène/Diplômée HES en arts de la scène

Artista teatrale SUP

Künstlerin HGK/Künstler HGK

Diplômé HEA en arts visuels/Diplômée HEA en arts visuels

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Diplomierte in Gestaltung und Kunst HGK/Diplomierter in Gestaltung und Kunst HGKDiplômé HEA en arts appliqués et en arts visuels/Diplômée HEA en arts appliqués et en arts visuels-
(Diplomierte) Werklehrerin HGK/(Diplomierter) Werklehrer HGK

Diplômé HEA en arts appliqués et en arts visuels/Diplômée HEA en arts appliqués et en arts visuels (diplôme spécialisé pour l'enseignement)

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Übersetzerin FH/Übersetzer FH

Traducteur HES/Traductrice HES

Konferenzdolmetscherin FH/Konferenzdolmetscher FH

Interprète de conférence HES

Psychologin FH/Psychologe FH

Psychologue HES

Sportlehrerin FH/Sportlehrer FH

Maître de sport HES/Maîtresse de sport HES

 

Teaching qualifications

The teaching qualification is awarded together with the academic degree and can be recognised by the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK(CDIP)on the basis of the concordat concerning the recognition of qualifications signed in 1993. 

 

Qualifications of the Swiss Higher Education Institutions

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