Foundation Degrees are relatively new qualifications designed to meet skills needs in the 21st Century. Foundation Degrees forge links between universities, colleges and employers and bring more people into Higher Education from a wider mix of backgrounds. They fuse the academic and vocational routes to higher level qualifications.
This qualification is a Level 5 qualification, sitting below the Honours Degrees (at Level 6) and is at the same level as a HND. It is possible to 'top up' your Foundation Degree to an Honours Degree through a period of further study. You can also use them to progress to further professional qualifications.
Work based learning is core to the Foundation Degree. As a work based qualification, the foundation degree allows you to earn and learn. Its flexibility means that whether you have work and/or family commitments, it can fit around your personal circumstances. Foundation Degrees are developed in close collaboration with employers and are available through local universities and colleges and work based learning.
There are no nationally set entry requirements for Foundation Degrees. It is expected that learners come with existing Level 3 (A Level) qualifications but admission is assessed on an individual basis. Others may come with no formal qualifications, but relevant industry experience. The courses aim to attract those who have not previously considered HE and now wish to progress to Higher Education.