A foundation degree is an academic qualification that integrates relevant work-based connected to a particular job or career sector. It can be studied on its own, or when completed, students may progress to the final year of a Bachelor’s degree.
Candidates can study the course full or part-time. If studied full-time, it would take 2 years to complete, and longer if studied part-time.
Students can then continue their studies to complete an honours degree in a similar subject.
Candidates will need A-Levels, BTECs, and a specific amount of UCAS points to gain admission onto a Foundation degree as they are similar to studying an undergraduate degree. Students can check with their chosen college or university about what entry requirements they need to gain access to the course.
Students can apply for a Foundation degree through their college or university, either on their website or through post.
Students will be assessed through a range of channels, either written work, projects, assignments, group work, presentations and practical elements depending on the subject itself.
Students can use it to gain access onto a Bachelor’s degree, entering the final year of the course. Individuals can also use it to get a promotion or to increase job prospects.
This qualification is equivalent to two-thirds of a Bachelor’s degree, and a Higher National Diploma (HND) as well as a Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE). An HND is more vocational and practical-based whereas a DipHE features more academic studying.
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