ECTS stands for European Credit Transfer System. As you browse course information, you will notice that courses or their modules are often referred to in terms of ECTS (i.e. European Credit Transfer System) weighting. ECTS credits are used on a European-wide basis to place a value or size on the learning contained in a course of study. ECTS credits represent a standard number of class contact hours and average workload for every module on your course. As students progress through a learning pathway they will accumulate ECTS credits. At the end of each learning pathway a student is expected to have acquired a certain number of ECTS credits. When that target has been achieved a student will then be eligible for an award.