Grades and Transfer Credit

Credit

The SUISS credit scheme is based on a combination of contact teaching hours, independent study and formal assessment. SUISS students gain credit, therefore, by attending lectures and seminars, pursuing their studies in their own time, and completing an oral and written assessment in the Text & Context courses and a mixture of coursework and independent writing in Creative Writing. This credit can be sought at two levels:

  • SCQF8 (equivalent to junior honours [1-3 years of study])
  • SCQF10 (equivalent to senior honours [4 or more years of study])

A detailed CREDIT INFORMATION SESSION will be offered in all SUISS courses.

The 2-week literature courses are each worth 12 SCOTCAT Credits

  • Contact Teaching Hours: 34
  • Expected Independent Study: 86
  • Total Hours: 120

SCOTCAT Credit Weighting: 12 points
(1 SCOTCAT point = 10 hour workload)
This equals 2.5 US Credits and 6 ECTS Credits

The 2-week theatre & performance course is worth 10 SCOTCAT Credits

  • Contact Teaching Hours: 30
  • Expected Independent Study: 70
  • Total Hours: 100

SCOTCAT Credit Weighting: 10 points
(1 SCOTCAT point = 10 hour workload)
This equals 2 US Credits and 5 ECTS Credits

The 4-week Creative Writing course is worth 20 SCOTCAT Credits

  • Contact Teaching Hours: 60
  • Expected Independent Study: 140
  • Total Hours: 200

SCOTCAT Credit Weighting: 20 points
(1 SCOTCAT point = 10 hour workload)
This equals 4 US Credits and 10 ECTS Credits

Download our ECTS/SCOTCAT guide for more details

Grade Transfer

All SUISS grades are transferable to the ECTS and US credit schemes, but the grades are sometimes weighed differently:

SUISS Numerical GradeSUISS Letter GradeQuality AssessmentECTS GradeUS Grade
80 - 100A1/A2outstandingAA+
70 – 79 A3excellentAA
65 – 69Bvery goodBA-
60 - 64 Bvery goodBB+
55 – 59 CgoodCB
50 – 54 CgoodCB-
40 – 49 DsatisfactoryD/EC
30 - 39 Emarginal failED
0 – 29 Fclear failFXF