ECTS Credits

Each module at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) is worth a certain number of ECTS credits.

ECTS stands for 'European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System', and was developed as part of European Union programmes to promote student mobility. It functions as an internationally recognised standard for describing and weighing modules, intended to facilitate the exchange of students (particularly between EU member states). The ECTS is based on the complete workload for the average student, including lecture attendance, practical work, personal study and revision for exams. In the ECTS, one credit represents 25-30 hours of work, and the standard workload for one year is 60 credits. The AUAS offers four-year bachelor's programmes (240 ECTS) as well as master's programmes (60 or 90 ECTS).

The basic principles of ECTS, more detailed guidance, answers to frequently asked questions and examples of good practice can be found in the ECTS User's Guide published by the European Union.

ECTS Grading Table

Different study programmes tend to award grades in various ways. For instance: it may be easier for a student in study programme A to obtain an 8 than it is for a student in study programme B. In order to make the grades that are awarded in a specific degree programme more transparent, to better determine their actual value, and for mobile students to enable a fair conversion into local grades, the ECTS Grading Table has been introduced.

The grading table provides a statistical distribution of grades for a specific degree programme, calculated over the past three years. It indicates the percentage of students who gained the grades mentioned in the transcript of records and gives a clear indication of the student’s performance in relation to the current and the previous cohorts.

AUAS grades Total number awarded in reference group Grading percentages*
10 11,486 1%
9 70,849 6%
8 272,213 23%
7 459,434 40%
6 353,276 30%
Total 1,167,258 100%

* based on the total number of grades awarded in the degree programme during four preceding years

For more information about the Dutch grading system used by the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, please click here.

Published by  Student Affairs 19 March 2020